Mission Statement

The mission of MSW-UTC Program is to enhance human well-being, diversity, and social justice through developing and improving systems of public social services, especially older adults, by offering graduate training in Social Work in an evening program for working adults. The mission of the program reflects the values and needs of the university, the social work profession, and the region.

MSW-UTC Program Goals

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The goals of the MSW-UTC Program emerge directly from its defined mission, the character of the region being served, and the competencies of professional social work practice as defined by the Council on Social Work Education. To fulfill the above mission, the goals of the MSW-UTC Program are:

  1. To prepare a diverse student population for advanced social work practice with a specialized emphasis on serving older adults.
  2. To promote the development of policies and services that reduced the impact of poverty, oppression, and discrimination.
  3. To develop critical thinking skills that will encourage active participation in the development, evaluation, and improvement of social work knowledge and skills through research aimed at improving practice.
  4. To promote the development of a multiple theoretical orientation applicable across different client systems.
  5. To provide an understanding of diversity and cultural competence with an emphasis on social, economic, and environmental justice needed for improving the well-being of people.
  6. To socialize students to the profession of social work and the expectations of ethical social work practice.

MSW-UTC Program Outcomes

The MSW-UTC Program’s mission and goals inform the design and organization of the curriculum. Courses in the foundation and advanced curricula contribute to student achievement of the following objectives, which, in turn, advances the attainment of the MSW-UTC Program goals.

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Advanced Objectives

  1. Apply a multiple theoretical orientation emphasizing a Life Course Perspective to inform practice with older adults and their families.
  2. Engage, Assess, Intervene, and Evaluate Services for Older Adults and their Families