Trevecca Nazarene University

Social Work Program accepted for candidacy for accreditation

Trevecca’s Social Work Program received word this week that the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) had accepted its application for “candidacy for accreditation.”

Ron Maurer, director of the Social Work Program, explained why professional accreditation is so important to the program and its students: “Earning accreditation from the CSWE will be an indicator of the quality of the program. It will also mean that Trevecca’s social work graduates will be eligible to apply for ‘advanced standing’ in master’s programs in social work, a standing which will mean that they will not have to repeat on the graduate level core curriculum which they have already completed on the undergraduate level. It also enables graduates to apply for bachelor’s-level licensure in social work in Tennessee (a recent development) and in other states that have such licensure. We, who teach in the program, are very excited to begin the candidacy process.”

President Dan Boone congratulated the social work faculty for their work which resulted in the awarding of candidacy status. He noted, “Adding professional accreditation to the Social Work  Program will give it added significance for potential students, faculty, and donors. The University community is excited about the prospects for this program’s future.”

The CSWE website describes the scope of the Council on Social Work Education. It “is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.”