CalSWEC (Title IV-E) Program


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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.

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Eligibility and Application Process

Applicants for the two-year program who are interested in the CalSWEC program must declare Child Welfare as their concentration in order to apply for the stipend. Applicants for the three- year Flex/Part-time program, 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, past employment probation, in good standing, and able to obtain a letter of support from their program.

Applicants must complete the CalSWEC portion of the online MSW program application. CalSWEC applications will only be processed once you are accepted to the MSW program at Cal State Fullerton and have confirmed that you will be attending. 

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

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