Welcome from Faculty and Staff
Welcome to the Masters of Social Work (MSW-UTC) program. You are entering an exciting
profession with countless career possibilities. Social Work is one of the fastest
growing and diverse professions in the United States. The profession is unique, however,
in its dedication to working and empowering people who are vulnerable, oppressed,
or living in poverty. While social workers practice as lobbyists, administrators and
policy makers, they frequently choose to work directly with individuals, families,
The MSW-UTC program is a professionally oriented, evening program designed to prepare working adults for advanced social work practice with older adults. Advanced practice at the MSW level refers to refined training of candidates for use of social work knowledge, values, and skills in specialized areas of practice. Advanced social work practice encompasses knowledge and methods of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation used in non-profit, for-profit, public, and private social service settings to promote the well-being of targeted populations. The knowledge and skills learned in an MSW program are used across a wide variety of career fields, including medical social worker, hospice social worker, clinical social worker, volunteer coordinator, group home manager, and nephrology social worker.
Field Education is the signature pedagogy of social work education. The MSW-UTC program is pleased to offer a wide variety of agencies that can serve as field internship sites. Students complete 900 hours during their internship experiences. Employment-based internships are encouraged for those already working in a social work setting, as long as a new learning experience can be provided.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) the accrediting body for social work education. The MSW-UTC program is expected to enter "Candidacy," a major step in the accreditation process, in 2016. Students admitted during the academic year in which candidacy is granted will be considered as having graduated from an accredited social work program once initial accreditation is granted. Therefore, as students in a new program, you will hear about the progress of the program as it moves from candidacy to initial accreditation. In Tennessee, graduates from a program in candidacy can be issued temporary licenses.
As a MSW student, you will be encouraged to pursue your own interests and goals as well as the goals of the program in order to become an active and independent learner. Each member of the MSW-UTC faculty stands ready to assist you, and we look forward to establishing a team effort towards your social work education and career.