The certificate is structured to make minimal demands on your academic planning and can fit with most students’ schedules without complications.
There are three course requirements:
*SWK 348: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
*SWK 452: Social Work Practice with Families
SWK 360: Child Welfare Services. Completion of course with the minimum of a B-.
Field placement with a child welfare agency for the equivalent of one academic year.
*These are already required courses for your BSW, so it does not add any additional requirements to your academic schedules. No grade below “C” will be allowed in any social work course and/or required cognates for the major. In such case, the course must be retaken and result in a grade of “C” or better. Courses required for the major may be repeated only once.
This certificate is endorsed and regulated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)–the agency charged with protecting Michigan’s children. Child welfare certificate graduates will be given preference in hiring at MDHHS and private agencies across the state of Michigan. Graduates may also waive a portion of new worker training. Certificate notation should be added to your resume.