Orlando Full-Time This is a Track

College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MSW
Department : Select Department Option : Nonthesis

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Master of Social Work (MSW), Orlando Full-Time Track allows students who do not have a BSW degree to complete the MSW required curriculum in two years of full-time study at the main Orlando campus.

CURRICULUM

The 62-hour MSW program is composed of 39 credit hours of required core and advanced clinical specialization courses. In addition, students complete 9 credit hours of electives and 14 credit hours of field experience. Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Projects such as research studies, clinical assessments and treatment plans, papers, and internships also contribute to the self-development of our students. Students in the 62-hour program must include at least 31 hours of course work at the 6000 level in their program of study.

 
Total Credit Hours Required:
62 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Educational standards for all social work programs are established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accreditation body for professional social work education. Curriculum direction and content is regulated by the CSWE through its accreditation standards. The MSW program at UCF is fully accredited through CSWE.

Prerequisites

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) require that all applicants have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.  The School of Social Work requires that applicants  have successfully completed (with a grade of B- or higher) at least one course in each of the following tracks: Humanities (examples: fine arts, history, languages, literature, music philosophy, or religion);  Physical and Biological sciences and Mathematics (examples: biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics); and Social Sciences (examples: anthropology, economics, education, ethnic studies, gender studies, human development, international relations, political science, psychology, social work, or sociology).”

Required Courses—39 Credit Hours

Core—21 Credit Hours

The core provides the foundation curriculum for the generalist Social Work practice.

  • SOW 5107 Human Behavior in the Social Environment  (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5217 Foundations of Behavioral Health Policy and Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5132 Diverse Client Populations (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5235 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5305 Social Work Practice I: Generalist Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5306 Social Work Practice II: Intervention Approaches (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5404 Social Work Research (3 credit hours)

Clinical Specialization—18 Credit Hours

  • SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6324 Clinical Practice with Groups (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6348 Clinical Practice with Individuals (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6612 Clinical Practice with Families (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6424 Theories for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice in Social Work (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6433 Clinical Evaluation in Social Work Practice (3 credit hours)

Electives—9 Credit Hours

One elective is required as a component of the foundation curriculum and two clinical electives are required as components of the clinical specialization. Students may choose to take clinical electives for all three required MSW electives.

  • Practice/ non clinical or clinical elective (3 credit hours)
  • Clinical elective (3 credit hours)
  • Clinical elective (3 credit hours)

Approved electives:

  • SOW 5149 Military and Veteran Culture with Historical Framework (Practice/Non-clinical)
  • SOW 6109 Violence Against Women: A Global Perspective (Clinical)
  • SOW 6155 Human Sexuality in Social Work Practice (Clinical)
  • SOW 6383 Social Work Administration (Practice/Non-clinical)
  • SOW 6603 Clinical Social Work Practice in Health Settings (Clinical)
  • SOW 6604 Medications in Social Work Practice (Advanced Clinical)
  • SOW 6608 Understanding and Managing Combat Related Behavioral and Mental Health Disorders (Clinical)
  • SOW 6610 Clinical Practice with Military and Veteran Families (Clinical)
  • SOW 6635 Social Work Practice in Schools (Clinical)
  • SOW 6644 Interventions with Older Adults and Their Families (Clinical)
  • SOW 6652 Children Services in Social Work (Clinical)
  • SOW 6655 Child Abuse: Treatment and Prevention (Clinical)
  • SOW 6670 Clinical Social Work Practice with LGBTQ+(Advanced Clinical)
  • SOW 6712 Clinical Social Work Practice with Substance Addictions (Clinical)
  • SOW 6713 Prevention and Treatment of Adolescent Substance Use and Misuse (Clinical)
  • SOW 6726 Social Work Practice with Children from Birth to Age Five and Their Families (Clinical)
  • SOW 6727 Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma (Clinical)
  • SOW 6735 Documentation Skills for Helping Professionals (Clinical)
  • SOW 6756 Forensic Social Work (Clinical)
  • SOW 6846 Spirituality in Clinical Social Work Practice (Clinical)
  • SOW 6914 Integrative Research Project in Clinical Practice (Non-clinical)

Field Experience—14 Credit Hours

  • Generalist Field Education and Seminars (6 credit hours)
  • Clinical Field Education and Seminars (8 credit hours)

Field instruction is an integral part of graduate social work education. It provides the student with an opportunity to test classroom knowledge as well as to develop and refine foundation and advanced practice skills. Decisions regarding field assignment are determined by the Field Director. Only agency sites approved by the School of Social Work may be used for field instruction. Generalist MSW students complete a minimum of 400 hours in the field; clinical MSW students complete a minimum of 600 clock hours in the field. Field education includes a field seminar.

Students must complete at least 50% of their field hours during the agency’s normal business hours. Evening (after 5 p.m.) and weekend placements are extremely limited. The School of Social Work is under no obligation to provide such placements. Consequently, field placements cannot be guaranteed to students who require evening and weekend placements.

Many social work agencies have students complete background checks, including formal background checks, law enforcement finger printing, driving records, and criminal record checks. In most instances, the expense for the background check is the responsibility of the student. We urge students to seek this information prior to entering the field experience if there is sensitive information that may prevent you from being accepted at an agency. Students must also report any background issues on field application so that an appropriate placement can be made.

The UCF School of Social Work cannot guarantee a field placement or subsequent degree completion for students who do not pass background checks.

Required Sequence of Curriculum

Required Sequence of Curriculum

First Semester (Fall)

  • SOW 5217 Foundations of Behavioral Health Policy and Social Work Practice
  • SOW 5132 Diverse Client Populations
  • SOW 5305 Social Work Practice I
  • SOW 5404 Social Work Research
  • SOW 5538 FT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar I

Second Semester (Spring)

  • SOW 5306 Social Work Practice II
  • SOW 5404 Social Work Research
  • SOW 5217 Foundations of Behavioral Health Policy and Social Work Practice 
  • SOW Elective
  • SOW 5539 FT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar II

Third Semester (Summer)

  • SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology
  • SOW 6424 Theories for Evidence-based Clinical Social Work Practice

Fourth Semester (Fall)

  • SOW 6348 Clinical Practice with Individuals
  • SOW 6612 Clinical Practice with Families
  • SOW 6324 Clinical Practice with Groups
  • SOW 6531 FT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I

Fifth Semester (Spring)

  • SOW 6433 Clinical Evaluation in Social Work Practice
  • SOW Clinical elective
  • SOW Clinical elective
  • SOW 6536 FT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II

Transfer Credit

Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience shall not be given, in whole or in part, in lieu of Social Work courses required to fulfill degree requirements.

Students who have completed course work in an accredited MSW program may transfer up to 30 credit hours toward the 62 credit hours of the degree. Students must have received a grade of “B-” or higher in these courses. Courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the MSW Coordinator. Field courses will be evaluated by the Coordinator for Field Education. Students seeking to transfer to the School of Social Work from another CSWE accredited social work program are required to meet the criteria for admission and follow the application procedures. Additionally, one of the academic references must be from the MSW Program Coordinator or academic adviser in the program from which the applicant is transferring and must address the academic standing in that program. If not currently enrolled, the reference must be from the former MSW Program Coordinator or academic adviser. Syllabi are required for any social work classes being considered for transfer credit.

As per university policy, transfer credits will not be considered for the market based fully online part time track.

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in the MSW program pay a $35 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Projects such as research studies, clinical assessments and treatment plans, papers and internships also contribute to the self-development of our students.

The field experiences and practice electives provide substantial opportunities for students to learn independently and practically about social work practice.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants will be granted admission to the MSW program based on a majority approval from the Admissions Review Sub-committee.

In addition, to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Successful completion (with a grade of B- or higher) at least one course in each of the following tracks: Humanities (examples: fine arts, history, languages, literature, music philosophy, or religion);  Physical and Biological sciences and Mathematics (examples: biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or statistics); and Social Sciences (examples: anthropology, economics, education, ethnic studies, gender studies, human development, international relations, political science, psychology, social work, or sociology).
  • Up-to-date Résumé.
  • Three current letters of recommendation that have been written within the last academic year. Letters from co-workers, colleagues, mentors, friends, family members, etc. will not be considered.

 Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from each of the following:

      •  Academic: A professor from a previously attended college/university who taught you in a course. Recommendations from full-time faculty are strongly encouraged. For applicants who have been out of college for five or more years, the applicant may substitute an employment based recommendation. Letters from advisors will not be considered unless indicated that they also taught you as a student.
      •  Employment: Either volunteer or paid employment immediate supervisor.
      •  Third Recommendation: A second academic or employment-based recommendation should be submitted fro the third recommendation. 
    • A professional statement. Applicants must answer the following questions within 3-6 pages. Please use heading for each question.
      1. Without disclosing personal information, what are the reasons and experiences that led you to choose social work as a profession?
      2. What are your social work career interests?
      3. What are your personal strengths that you can bring to this profession? How have these strengths been demonstrated in the past?
      4. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now in the field of social work?
      5. What major issue do you think that professional social workers should be concerned with? What is the role of social work in relation to this issue?
      6. As a social worker, you will be expected to practice ethically according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp. This includes working with diverse populations and clients whose values and beliefs may differ from your own. How you will incorporate and uphold the NASW Code of Ethics into your work with diverse populations?
      7. The MSW program requires students to complete a generalist (400 hours) internship and a clinical (600 hours) internship concurrent with their coursework. Evening (after 5 p.m.) and weekend placements are extremely limited. The School of Social Work is under no obligation to provide such placements. Given the above considerations, please tell us how you plan to balance your internship hours with your coursework and personal obligations. Tell us about any challenges you may have and how you plan to overcome them. 
    • Applicants must submit an individually-authored research paper or literature review written for any class in their undergraduate studies, preferably one that is related to social work.  Group papers will not be accepted. The paper should be 5-10 pages in length, contain citations, and a reference list in APA format, and will be used to evaluate the applicant's ability to write professionally. The applicant must be the sole author of this paper. Submissions of papers where the applicant is co-author will not be considered. Interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, case notes, client assessments, and case studies will not be considered. If the applicant does not have an academic paper, then he/she must write a 5-10 page paper in APA format that addresses any social issue related to social work.
    • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

    Please note: The MSW program only accepts one application from each prospective student per academic year. Applicants must choose to apply to one track and one semester only

    The Master of Social Work program can accommodate only a limited number of students; therefore there is a possibility of being denied admission even when all criteria are met.

    To be accepted into and retained in the program, students are expected to demonstrate: initiative, dependability, social concern, self-awareness, appreciation for diversity in others, the ability to problem-solve, ease in relating with others, skill in writing and speaking, and professional ethics.

    The School of Social Work reserves the right to refuse student entrance or dismiss a student after admission to the MSW program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates behavior incompatible with working in the field of social work and/or violates the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.

    MSW graduates from CSWE accredited programs outside of UCF who need to complete a field placement for Florida licensure (LCSW) must apply to the MSW program as a full-time or part-time second year clinical student.

    Application Deadlines

    Orlando Full-Time *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
    Domestic Applicants Jan 15Apr 1

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    International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15

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    International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1

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    *Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

    FINANCIALS

    Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

    Fellowships

    Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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