The mission of the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) degree program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is to prepare students for competent, generalist evidence-based practice. As generalists, our graduates will have a common body of social work knowledge, values, and skills set forth by the informed by the principles outlined in the Council of Social Work Education and informed by the NASW Code of Ethics which are transferable across human service settings and population groups. Social work faculty are committed to join students to engage in scholarship, continued learning and community service to individuals from diverse backgrounds reflecting the UTC mission as a metropolitan university that serves people from varied cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.
The UTC BSW program seeks to create a quality professional program:
1. To prepare competent BSW professionals to practice ethical generalist social work effectively by applying a range of social work theories and evidence-based interventions with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities in all types of settings.
2. To prepare competent BSW professionals who respect and value local and global diversity and apply evidence-based culturally competent social work skills.
3. To prepare competent BSW professionals who apply innovative social change strategies which promote both social and economic justice.
4. To prepare competent BSW professionals through a learner-centered curriculum that provides opportunities for students to apply developing skills in a variety of learning environments.
5. To prepare BSW students to succeed in the world of work by providing opportunities for students to connect with professionals in the community through a variety of activities.
Competency-based education is an outcome performance approach to curriculum design. Competencies are measurable practice behaviors that are comprised of knowledge, values, and skills. The goal of the outcome approach is to demonstrate the integration and application of the competencies in practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Nine core competencies for social work practice identified in the Council on Social Work Education Educational Policy Standards for Professional Social Workers are:
- Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
- Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
- Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
- Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
- Engage in Policy Practice
- Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Assess with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities