Social Work Degree Programs in Texas (A-P)

The Lone Star State chapter of the National Association of Social Workers supports a reinvestment initiative to advance the profession and recruit high-quality applicants for programs offering social work degrees in Texas. This effort comes at a time when social workers increasingly find themselves on the front lines as first responders in times of crisis to meet diverse types of family and community needs. As a result, higher education institutions nationwide strive to train the next generation of skilled professionals via degree programs like those in Texas that address trending social work issues through relevant curricular studies.

The following is the first half of our list of accredited social work degree programs in the state of Texas.

Abilene Christian University

School of Social Work

Since 1906, Abilene Christian University has blended rigorous academics with Christian perspectives that instill a desire to help others. Programs, such as those in social work, prepare students to become effective, ethical professionals who can serve disadvantaged or oppressed people to improve their daily lives.U.S. News & World Reports places ACU at No. 2 for best up-and-coming schools, No. 6 for best value schools and No. 17 for best western regional universities. The university also earns consistent recognition by Forbes for its educational excellence.

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (B.S.S.W.)

Students earning this degree can work in sectors such as children and family services, public education, mental health, community health, child welfare, gerontology, juvenile services, the justice system, public policy, social enterprise or politics. The curriculum prepares graduates with the required skills to obtain entry-level licensure and pursue immediate professional employment or to continue with further graduate studies. The 128-credit degree encompasses general education requirements, courses in the major, approved electives, practicum experiences and a capstone project. Curricular studies cover theory and practices in five content areas:

-Social welfare policy and services
-Social work practice
-Human behavior in the social environment
-Social research
-Field education

Master of Science in Social Work (M.S.S.W.)

Candidates with this master’s degree in social work can seek advanced-level licensure and pursue higher-level positions in clinical environments. The curriculum emphasizes advanced practices and interventions necessary for expert practitioners dealing with 21st-century social work issues. The program offers a 64-credit, two-year standard program for students from any baccalaureate background or a 38-credit advanced track for students with a BSW from an accredited program. Each degree requires completion of a thesis. Anticipated courses cover advanced studies in these areas:

-Evidence-based foundations, practices and interventions
-Program and practice evaluation
-Policy analysis and practice
-Diversity, power and oppression
-Social work practice and spirituality
-Administration, management and funding for non-profit organizations
-Psychopathology for social work practices
-Social justice and globalization

Accreditations

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Abilene Christian University
Hardin Administration Building Rm 108
ACU Box 27866
Abilene, Texas 79699
(325) 674-2072

Dr. Stephen Baldridge, Director B.S.S.W. Program
stephen.baldridge@acu.edu
Bachelor’s

Dr. Wayne Paris, Director M.S.S.W. Program
wdp10a@acu.edu
Master’s

Angelo State University

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

Established in 1928, Angelo State University expanded into a regional powerhouse as part of the Texas Tech University System. ASU offers over 100 fields of study in 21st-century professions such as social work that touch lives across the country. Programs integrate state-of-the-art facilities and technology, rigorous academics, evidenced-based research and field experiences to provide comprehensive programs that develop leadership and professional competencies. Angelo State regularly appears in The Princeton Review as a top public school among “The Best 370 Colleges” and also earns distinction by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

This 120-credit B.S.W. builds knowledge and skills that prepare graduates for entry-level licensure to work in a variety of human services settings. Degree-holders frequently find competitive employment as case managers or social program assistants in mental health clinics, hospitals, community health agencies, child welfare programs, public schools, foster-care services, adolescent and family counseling centers, senior programs, residential facilities, or criminal justice centers. The program includes general education requirements, upper-level major classes, approved electives, research studies and internship experiences. Content spans the following topics:

-Overview of the social work profession
-Human behavior in the social environment
-Social welfare policies, practices and interventions
-Adaptation of practices for individuals, groups, and families
-Social work practices across the life span
-Multiculturalism and social work practices
-Social work and mental health
-Social work and human sexuality
-Social work in the criminal justice system
-Case management

Accreditations

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Angelo State University
2601 West Avenue North
San Angelo, Texas 76909

Thomas Starkey, Social Work Program Director
(325) 942-2068
thomas.starkey@angelo.edu
Program Website

Baylor University

Diana R. Garland School of Social Work

Since its 1845 charter, Baylor has evolved into the oldest continually-operating, private Baptist university in Texas. The university serves more than 15,000 students with highly regarded academic programs taught through interdisciplinary instruction and supplemented by cutting-edge research programs. Baylor appears regularly among the best of its institutional peers for academic excellence and affordability in U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Fiske’s Guide to Colleges, and Colleges of Distinction. Additionally, its graduate social work program ranks at No. 60 nationwide in U.S. News & World Report.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Baylor’s BSW program recognizes social work as a higher calling to serve others in meaningful ways. The curriculum equips students with competencies to pass state licensure exams and empowers them to help others navigate social contexts, crisis situations and life challenges. The 124-credit degree requires completion of general education credits, approved electives and courses in the major, which include these academic topics and experiential learning activities:

-Social justice and social work foundations
-Diversity and leadership
-Human behavior in the social environment
-Data analysis for social work programs
-Policy and research
-Capstone seminar on trending issues
-Practicum field experiences
-Internship of 480 supervised hours in an approved community agency

Master of Social Work

This unique MSW offers concentrations in Physical and Mental Health, Children and Families, or Community Practice and prepares graduates for advanced licensing exams to earn professional-level social work credentials. Career outcomes include working as program planners, administrators, community developers, clinicians or counselors within public and private social work settings. Students enter these tracks based on their backgrounds:

  • Entrants with any baccalaureate can take the minimum two-year standard track, which requires 60-credits and two internships. Courses develop competencies in clinical counseling practices, administration, and community development. Concentration classes explore such topics as family and children’s services, gerontology, death and grief, cross-cultural practices, or international social work.
  • The 35-credit advanced track program is for candidates with a BSW and can be completed in as little as 12 months on a full-time schedule. It covers upper-level courses and studies in the concentration along with capstone and internship requirements.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Baylor University
Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
811 Washington Ave
Waco, Texas 76701

Charletra Hurt, Director of Career and Alumni Services
(254) 710-4479
Charletra_Hurt@baylor.edu
BSW
MSW

Hardin-Simmons University

Department of Social Work

Formed as a private Baptist college in 1891, academics at Hardin-Simmons stimulate critical thinking while spiritually nurturing the personal lives of its students through meaningful career pursuits. The School of Social Work furthers such pursuits through its commitment to providing in-depth knowledge and skills necessary to help diverse individuals and communities solve problems. U.S. News & World Report ranks HSU at No. 35 for best regional universities in the West and at No. 13 as a best college for veterans. Other recognitions for educational excellence come from The Princeton Review and Colleges of Distinction.

Social Work Program, Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Social Work

Graduates with HSU’s 124-credit BSSW degree are eligible to sit for professional licensure exams and become generalist practitioners or opt to continue with further master’s studies. Curricular components consist of general education requirements, studies in the major, approved electives, and supervised field experiences in a choice of more than 75 community partner settings. These experiences provide practical training and networking opportunities that often translate into competitive employment offers. In-depth studies highlight the following topics:

-Social work history and trending issues
-Applied ethics and social justice issues
-Human behavior and social environments
-Social work practices and interventions
-Social sciences statistics
-Child welfare services
-Social welfare system policy
-Social research methods
-Societal healthcare issues
-Societal attitudes about aging

Accreditations

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory
Abilene, Texas 79698

Melissa Milliorn, Department Head
(325) 670-1281
mmilliorn@hsutx.edu
Program Page
Degree Plan

Howard Payne University

Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology Department

Started as an independent Baptist institution in 1889, Howard Payne University lends Christian perspectives to academic endeavors that promote intellectual inquiry, integrity, leadership principles and service to others. These values underlie the social work program and establish strong foundations for graduates to earn professional credentials, pursue a master’s in the field, or begin social work careers across public and private sectors. U.S. News & World Report ranks HPU at No. 15 among best western regional colleges, at No. 7 for best colleges for veterans, and at No. 4 for best value education.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Degree outcomes directly relate to CSWE standards for the profession that lead to mastery of social work practices and interventions to serve individuals, families and communities. Students gain 124 credits from general education classes and electives, upper-level social work classes, required electives in psychology, sociology or statistics, and field work experiences. BS components cover heavier concentrations of computer science, statistics, math and science courses, while the BA emphasizes concepts in sociology, psychology and cultural studies. Essential courses investigate these topics:

-Social work history and foundations
-Human behavior and the social environment
-Social services and policies in rural settings
-Social welfare programs, policies and issues
-Social research theory and intervention techniques
-Social work practice at basic and advanced levels

Accreditations

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Office of Admissions
Howard Payne University
1000 Fisk Street
Brownwood, Texas 76801

(325) 649-8020 or (800) 880-4HPU (toll free)
enroll@hputx.edu
Department Website
Catalog, p. 198

Lamar University

Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

Lamar University began as a junior college in the 1920s and developed into a technology institution that eventually became part of the Texas State University System in 1995. Since then, LU has emphasized rigorous academics and research while becoming one of the fastest growing schools in the state. Lamar’s cutting-edge social work program addresses societal issues affecting individuals, families and communities. LU enjoys national recognition by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education for its academic excellence, research programs and commitment to diversity.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Graduates with this 124-credit generalist degree can seek professional licensure and immediate employment in entry-level social work positions or pursue master’s studies. Professional career opportunities include working for foster care agencies, child protective services, medical facilities, mental health programs, hospices, rehabilitation centers, and residential settings for aging or disabled populations. Coursework entails all undergraduate requirements towards a baccalaureate with upper-level studies in the major encompassing core competencies and supervised field placements.Content framework emphasizes these topics:

-Social work foundations
-Social welfare institutions
-Human behavior and social environments
-Social work practices and interventions with diverse populations and age groups
-Social welfare policy and administration
-Social and economic justice
-Social work research methods

Accreditations

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice
Lamar University
Maes Building, Room 55
P.O. Box 10026
Beaumont, Texas 77710

Stuart A. Wright, Department Chair
(409) 880-8538
stuart.wright@lamar.edu
Program Website

Lubbock Christian University

Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice

Since 1957, Lubbock Christian University’s commitment to personalized education for diverse learners has produced graduates with the passion and leadership skills to improve their communities through professions such as social work. This program emphasizes practices and interventions to meet the needs of diverse at-risk populations while advocating for social and economic justice. LCU ranks at No. 84 for best western regional universities according to U.S. News & World Report. It also appears as a best value school in College Factual rankings and earns recognition with Colleges of Distinction.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Students participating in this 120-credit program build core competencies required to attain professional licensure for entry-level work or to continue with graduate studies. Degree outcomes include becoming effective practitioners to work with people singly or in groups across diverse cultural and social-economic backgrounds. The curricular framework entails credits towards the baccalaureate from general education and broad elective choices alongside in-depth coursework in the major accompanied by supervised field experiences. Content encompasses the following:

-Social work history, foundations, research and methods
-Generalist practices for individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
-Social work theory for diverse populations across the lifespan
-Statistical analysis of social work data
-Impacts of social environments on human behavior
-Sociology and social justice
-Maladaptive functioning
-Families and community violence
-Social work in criminal justice settings
-Global social work concerns and impacts

Accreditations

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Lubbock Christian University
5601 19th Street
Lubbock, Texas 79407

Karen Dixon, Academic Coordinator
(806) 720.7836 or 800) 933-7601 (toll free)
karen.dixon@lcu.edu
Program Website

Midwestern State University

College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Evolving from a municipal junior college founded in 1922, MSU became part of the Texas State University System to provide diverse learners with academic programs in relevant and meaningful careers. The university’s social work program offers cutting-edge curricular studies based on CSWE standards to prepare graduates for licensure and competitive employment opportunities. MSU is Texas’ only university to be a member of the Council on Public Liberal Arts Colleges. College Factual also recognizes MSU as a best college and for its affordability.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Graduates with this 124-credit degree can opt to work in a variety of settings such as public schools, correctional centers, rehabilitation and treatment facilities, adoption agencies, counseling programs, healthcare organizations, private social service agencies, or senior care residences. The degree builds competencies that emphasize social work foundations, practices, interventions and supporting courses in psychology, sociology and supervised field experiences. Students can anticipate the following studies:

-Social work theory, history and application
-Parenting in the family and community
-Social work statistics
-Child welfare policy and practices
-Human behavior in the social environment
-Human diversity, aging and social justice
-Family systems
-Community mental health
-Clinical, community, human and treatment aspects of substance abuse
-Social work in human resources

Accreditations

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Boulevard
Wichita Falls, Texas 76308

Lauren Stillson
(940) 397-4437 or (800)842-1922 (toll free)
lauren.stillson@mwsu.edu
Program Website

Our Lady of the Lake University

Worden School of Social Service

Founded in 1895 by a Catholic congregation, OLLU provided academic opportunities to those with limited access to education. That mission helped transform the community and later the region through expanded program offerings with degrees at all levels. OLLU was the first university in Texas to institute a social work program, which has garnered national recognition for emphasizing work with Hispanic children and families and ranks among the best social work graduate programs according to U.S. News & World Report.

Bachelor of Social Work

The 120-credit BSW enables students to earn additional certificates in biliterate, English-to-Spanish competencies or Violence Prevention and Intervention. These certifications give graduates a competitive edge finding professional work in diverse settings such as healthcare, emergency assistance programs, shelter facilities, mental health agencies, senior centers, child advocacy and welfare groups, or schools. The degree also provides a pathway to professional licensure or to further graduate studies. Students take these courses in the major:

-Historical overview of social work
-Social welfare policy and programs
-Generalist social work practices
-Human behavior in individuals, families and groups
-Social work with diverse populations
-Child welfare
-Social work research and field placements

Master of Social Work

Master’s studies allow candidates to acquire knowledge and skills for specialized interventions in direct practice. Special emphasis is placed on working with social issues facing the Hispanic population. Candidates can enter the standard 57-credit or 30-credit advanced program based on their undergraduate degrees. Studies encompass a broad range of topics that delve into trending social issues that consider aspects of age, culture, economics and gender with regard to practices and interventions.

Accreditations

  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Our Lady of the Lake University
411 S.W. 24th Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207

Mo Cuevas, PhD – Director
Worden School of Social Service
210-434-6711, ext. 6516
mccuevas@ollusa.edu
Program Website

Prairie View A&M University

Social Work, Behavioral & Political Sciences

Established in 1876 as a state-supported college for African Americans, Prairie View A&M brings its legacy of education for all into the 21st-century with cutting-edge programs in more than 50 majors including social work. Curricular studies promote educational excellence through rigorous instruction and state-of-the-art research. U.S. News and World Report ranks PVAMU ranks at No. 37 for historically black colleges and universities.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW)

The 122-credit BASW instills generalist competencies that enable graduates to implement social work policy, research methods, and appropriate intervention strategies in their jobs. Upon program completion, students can earn licensure or continue with graduate studies. Competitive employment opportunities include positions in rural community centers, mental health programs, rehabilitation or treatment facilities, public assistance or welfare services, assisted living or nursing homes, occupational or industrial settings, schools, or social administration. Requirements cover the following content:

-Social work theory and history
-Social welfare policy analysis and services
-Social environments and human behavior
-Human and cultural diversity
-Social work practices and research
-Multicultural issues in mental health
-Gerontological social work
-Generalist crisis intervention
-Interventions targeting addiction
-Social work with at-risk juveniles

Accreditations

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges
  • Council on Social Work Education

Contact
Prairie View A&M University
Department of Social Work, Behavioral & Political Science
P.O. Box 519 – MS 2203
Prairie View, Texas 77446

(936) 261-1670
altempleton@pvamu.edu
Program Website

Licensed social workers provide important community services to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing social, emotional, physical, economic or emergency situations. Such challenging work requires that aspiring social work candidates earn the competencies that can address 21st-century issues affecting the quality of life for diverse populations. Those competencies can be earned in any of the relevant educational programs offering social work degrees in Texas and lead to rewarding careers helping others.

 

See also:

 

Social Work Degree Programs in Texas (Q-T)

Social Work Degree Programs in Texas (U-Z)

 

Source: http://www.naswtx.org/?page=PubPol_SWRI

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