The mission of the Department of Social Work at Cal State Fullerton is to educate emerging and committed professionals for direct social work practice with vulnerable, marginalized, and disadvantaged populations. The Master of Social Work (MSW) programs offered by the Department pay particular attention to individuals and groups in socially, culturally, and economically diverse environments, with special sensitivity to the multicultural populations of Orange County and the Southern California region. The mission of the Department includes a commitment to developing competent and effective professional social workers who will provide leadership in developing social work knowledge, addressing social problems, and advocating against social injustice. This mission is consistent with the purposes of the social work profession as defined by the Council on Social Work Education.
The Department of Social Work offers two MSW programs; both programs require 60 semester units to complete.
The two-year MSW program at the Fullerton campus offers students two direct service specialization options: Child Welfare and Community Mental Health (with specialization options, including Aging: a Multigenerational Perspective). The Child Welfare concentration focuses on services in the child welfare system, such as child protective services, foster care, and adoption assistance. The Community Mental Health concentration prepares students to work with various client populations across the mental health care system, including children, families, adults, and older adults. Courses in the two-year MSW program are offered weekdays only.
The MSW Flex program through university extended education offers students two direct service specialization options: Child Welfare and Community Mental Health, as described above. This program allows students to complete the program in three years, with some flexibility. Courses in the MSW Flex program are offered on weekday evenings.
Both MSW programs provide two years of field education, typically completed in four consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring terms). The field education is comprised of two internships at two different social service agencies. The Director of Field Education places students in field agencies intended to optimize the development of both the students’ professional interests and social work practice skills.
Presently, the Department of Social Work does not offer advanced standing in either MSW program.
Both MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.