Online Social Work Certificate Programs
Certificates in social work are typically graduate certificates – meaning you must hold a bachelor’s degree to enroll in the program – that teach you about a certain aspect of the field. Examples include child welfare, family services and gerontology.
Click on the "request info" button next to the accredited school of your choice to receive more information about specific on-campus and online social work certificate programs.
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Alaska Pacific UniversityUndergraduate
Anna Maria CollegeUndergraduate
Auburn University, AL
Baldwin Wallace UniversityUndergraduate
Ball State UniversityUndergraduate
Bard College at Simon's RockUndergraduate
Great Barrington, MA
North Newton, KS
Chestnut Hill, MA
Mount Vernon, GA
California State University--FullertonUndergraduate
California State University--Long BeachUndergraduate
Long Beach, CA
California State University--Monterey BayUndergraduate
California State University--SacramentoUndergraduate
California State University--San BernardinoUndergraduate
San Bernardino, CA
California State University--San MarcosUndergraduate
San Marcos, CA
Calumet College of St. JosephUndergraduate
Central Michigan UniversityUndergraduate
Mount Pleasant, MI
Central Washington UniversityUndergraduate
Chestnut Hill CollegeUndergraduate
College of St. JosephUndergraduate
College of St. MaryUndergraduate
College of the AtlanticUndergraduate
Bar Harbor, ME
Concordia University--St. PaulUndergraduate
St. Paul, MN
New London, CT
Coppin State UniversityUndergraduate
St. Bonifacius, MN
CUNY--New York City College of TechnologyUndergraduate
Dakota Wesleyan UniversityUndergraduate
Center Valley, PA
East Central UniversityUndergraduate
East Texas Baptist UniversityUndergraduate
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Advance Your Career with a Social Work Certificate
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is expected to increase by about 25% through 2020, which is faster than the average for all professions. Jobs in gerontological, mental health and substance social work are predicted to grow even more rapidly due to increased need in these areas, so specializing in them by earning a certificate can help you take your career to the next level.
Holding such a certificate in addition to your Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) can make it much easier to move into those areas of the profession you find most interesting. While earning a certificate in social work might help you fulfill some continuing education requirements, it will not usually qualify you for state-level licensure on its own.
Careers in Social Work
Social workers generally are divided into two groups: direct-service social workers who work with people to cope with issues that come up in everyday life, and clinical social workers who are trained to diagnose and treat mental, behavorial and emotional health issues.
Direct-service social workers work directly with people who need social services, assessing their needs and directing them to the services suited for their needs. Examples of situations in which a direct-service social worker would become involved include those suffering through illness, losing a job, a death of someone near to them or divorce. Direct-service health workers continue to monitor patients to ensure treatment is effective.
Clinical social workers provide therapy to individuals and groups, helping them cope with issues such as depression and anxiety. Many of them work in private practice.
Both direct-service and clinical social workers often focus on particular areas in which to work, including family counseling, child counseling, school social work and healthcare.