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CalSWEC (Title IV-E) Program

CalSWEC (California Social Work Education Center) is the nation's largest state coalition of social work educators and practitioners.

Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare, CalSWEC was created in 1990 by a partnership of social work educators and practitioners dedicated to developing a professional social service workforce to effectively serve California's diverse population of children and families.

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program provides professional education and student support through its Title IV-E Stipend Program to graduate and undergraduate social work students preparing for the field of public child welfare. The spirit of this stipend program is to support the education of students who are interested in a social work career in the Public Child Welfare sector. Students who receive the stipend gain a knowledge base and experience working in a county child welfare agency to prepare them for a career in this arena. Students who receive the stipend commit to work repayment in a county child welfare agency upon graduation from the MSW program.

For more information on the CalSWEC program: FAQs about CalSWEC.

Eligibility and Application Process

Students in the two-year program (Fullerton campus) who are interested in the CalSWEC program must declare child welfare as their concentration in order to be eligible to apply for the stipend. Students in MSW Flex program (Irvine campus) who wish to apply to the CalSWEC program as a part-time student must currently be an employee of a public child welfare services agency in California and be past employment probation, in good standing.

Interested students fill out an online application at the time of application to the MSW program. CalSWEC applications will only be processed once you are accepted to the MSW program at Cal State Fullerton and you have returned written confirmation that you will be attending.

Information on applying for CalSWEC as a continuing MSW student will be available starting in January 2018.

If you have further questions about the program, please contact Elizabeth Gebhardt at (657) 278-3852.



Department of Social Work

800 North State College Blvd.,
Fullerton, California 92834
Room EC-207,
Phone: (657) 278-8452,
Fax: (657) 278-2440


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