Graduate Catalog

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Overview

Dr. Kota Takayama, Program Director

Hall Memorial Building, S334C

The master of social work program at Gallaudet University prepares students for advanced social work practice with deaf and hard of hearing populations. Graduates possess the knowledge and skills to enter the profession as practitioners in various settings, such as schools, health care agencies, family and child welfare agencies, mental health settings, disability organizations, corrections agencies, organizations that provide services to senior citizens, etc. Graduates possess knowledge and skills in areas of direct generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Graduates may practice in areas such as policy, research, program development, and agency and community work.

The MSW program consists of 61 credit hours of study. The foundation curriculum consists of courses in eight core curriculum areas: human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, research, field education, values and ethics, diversity, and populations at risk, including social and economic justice. Foundation students attend a concurrent field practicum with courses, entering the field of practice for two eight-hour days a week at an internship site. Students complete the first year of study with approximately 500 hours of field practicum experience in addition to course and lab credit.

The advanced curriculum concentration courses consist of advanced content in all of the curriculum areas. Graduates expand and deepen knowledge and skills acquired during the foundation year and develop special knowledge and skills needed for practice with deaf and hard of hearing populations. Students in the advanced year have a full semester of courses in the fall semester and a full block placement in the spring semester with two online courses. During the spring semester, students are placed in settings that require advanced social work practice skills. Students work at their internship sites for four eight-hour days, totaling thirty-two hours per week or 512 hours for the semester in addition to two online courses. At the completion of the second year of study, students graduate with 17 credits of field practicum (approximately 1012 hours of field practicum) and 44 course credits.

MSW students must achieve an ASLPI rating of 2 by the end of their foundation curriculum, prior to admission into the concentration curriculum. Students are responsible for scheduling their ASLPI evaluations by appointment with the Center for American Sign Language Literacy (CASLL) on the second floor of the Merrill Learning Center early in the fall semester of their first year in the program. ASLPI scheduling at the CASLL only occurs during a two-week sign-up period only at the beginning of the semester. This is the only time during a given semester that M.S.W. students may secure individual interviews.

Students not reaching the ASLPI rating of 2 in the fall semester must meet with their advisors to develop a plan of activities (ASL classes and interaction activities), which will facilitate skill and rating advancement. It is the student's responsibility to register for these classes and activities, and to schedule subsequent ASLPI evaluations until the required rating is achieved. A rating of 2+ is required for graduation. Students not achieving the ASLPI rating of 2+ are required to provide a portfolio of documentation which would include the ASLPI or SCPI proficiency level(s) obtained and three letters of recommendation from individuals (internship supervisor, academic advisor, or others), along with everything else the students have done to improve their skills. Then the Social Work Department will make a decision based on that information, the student progress in the M.S.W. program, and the population and setting in which the student aims to work.

Two-Year Course Plan

Foundation Year Curriculum: Generalist Practice

*An elective course (3) may be taken any semester of the program.

Semester I – Fall (16 Credits)

SWK 705Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3

SWK 711Social Policy and Social Services

3

SWK 741Social Work Practice I : Individuals

3

SWK 755Qualitative Social Work Research

3

SWK 771Foundation Field Practicum I

4

Semester II – Spring (15 Credits)

SWK 706Human Behavioral and the Social Environment II

3

SWK 742Social Work Practice II

3

SWK 744Social Work Practice with Families and Small Groups

2

SWK 756Quantitative Social Work Research

3

SWK 772Foundation Field Practicum II

4

Concentration Year Curriculum: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations

Note: Advanced standing students must take one 3 credit elective in the concentration year.

Semester III – Fall (12 Credits)

SWK 709Social Work Perspectives on Dysfunction

3

SWK 713Issues in Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations

3

SWK 751Practice with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations: Micro Interventions

3

SWK 752Practice with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations: Macro Interventions

3

Semester IV – Spring (15 Credits)

SWK 715Disability Policy: Implications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations

3

SWK 783Advanced Field Practicum with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations

9

HSL 707

3

Total Credit Hours: 61

The following courses are considered clinical course work which in addition to your MSW, qualify you for social work licensure examinations in states which specify clinical course credit: SWK 702, SWK 705, SWK 709, SWK 713, SWK 741, SWK 744, SWK 751, SWK 771, SWK 772, and SWK 783.

Three-Year Course Plan

First and Second Years: Foundation Year

*An elective course (3) may be taken any semester of the program

Semester I – Fall (9 Credits)

SWK 705Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3

SWK 711Social Policy and Social Services

3

SWK 755Qualitative Social Work Research

3

Semester II – Spring (9 Credits)

HSL 707

3

SWK 706Human Behavioral and the Social Environment II

3

SWK 756Quantitative Social Work Research

3

Semester III – Fall (10 Credits)

SWK 741Social Work Practice I : Individuals

3

SWK 771Foundation Field Practicum I

4

Elective

1-3

Semester IV – Spring (9 Credits)

SWK 742Social Work Practice II

3

SWK 744Social Work Practice with Families and Small Groups

2

SWK 772Foundation Field Practicum II

4

Third Year: Advanced Concentration: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations

Semester V – Fall (12 Credits)

SWK 709Social Work Perspectives on Dysfunction

3

SWK 713Issues in Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations

3

SWK 751Practice with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations: Micro Interventions

3

SWK 752Practice with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations: Macro Interventions

3

Semester VI – Spring (12 Credits)

SWK 715Disability Policy: Implications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations

3

SWK 783Advanced Field Practicum with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations

9

Total Credit Hours: 61