2014-15 General Bulletin

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Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA)

The Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) program prepares students for advanced social work practice in a variety of settings. The master’s curriculum is designed to address the wide range of skills and functions required of a professional social worker. Mandel School students are instructed on the various theories of individual and group behavior as well as community systems theory. The application of this knowledge, along with the appropriate use of practice principles and techniques, is a major educational objective.

The curriculum is divided into two levels: foundation and advanced. The foundation curriculum (27 credit hours) includes the knowledge, values, processes, and skills essential for the general practice of social work. It consists of general courses in social work methods, human development theory, social policy, research methods, and an introductory semester of field education. The advanced curriculum (33 credit hours) builds on the professional foundation and provides for advanced knowledge and practice skills in the concentration selected by the student. Concentrations include the following: aging; alcohol and other drug abuse; children, youth and families; health; mental health; and community development. School social work is available as a special emphasis.

Ability Based Learning Environment (ABLE)

The MSSA program incorporates an ability-based learning environment that enables students to develop and demonstrate mastery of eight core social work abilities. Classroom courses and field education are designed to help students develop each ability and continuously assess their learning throughout the educational experience. Mastery of the abilities is demonstrated in the field practicum and documented in a cumulative learning portfolio.

  • Identify as a Reflective Professional Social Worker:  Students will demonstrate an awareness of the potential influence of their actions and words as a professional social worker upon individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Students will demonstrate the ability to reflect on practice decisions and activities, using self-correction to assure continual professional development.
  • Advocate for Social, Economic and Environmental Justice: Graduates will advocate for human rights and social and economic justice as one of their primary responsibilities.
  • Apply Social Work Methods: Graduates of the MSASS master's program are prepared to function as advanced practitioners in a changing arena of social work and social welfare. They are able to engage clients and client systems, assess client needs and strengths, provide or help arrange needed services and support, weigh intervention alternatives, implement change strategies, and evaluate results.
  • Uphold Social Work Values and Ethics: Students will integrate social work values and ethics into their learning and professional practice.
  • Integrate Cultural, Economic and Global Diversity: Students will integrate into their practice the knowledge, skills, and values needed for understanding and appreciation of a diverse world, and for ongoing development of competence in working with diverse populations and settings.
  • Think Critically About Theory and Research Knowledge: Graduating students will be able to think critically about their practice and its knowledge base, and about the social problems and situations they encounter. Critical thinking in social work includes selecting appropriate theoretical approaches and strategies to apply in practice, using research findings to improve practice, evaluating one's own practice, and making contributions to knowledge in the field.
  • Communicate Effectively: Graduating students will have the oral, written, nonverbal, and information technology skills that will enable them to communicate effectively and appropriately in professional roles and settings.
  • Develop as a Social Work Leader: Social workers recognize that the context of practice is dynamic, and use knowledge and skill to respond proactively. Social work leaders are informed, resourceful, and proactive in responding to evolving organizational, community, societal and global contexts at all levels of practice in ways that improve quality of life.

Mandel School faculty place a high priority on the integration of theory with practice. To facilitate this integration, field work is done concurrent with course work. Through field education, students have the opportunity to acquire new skills and apply their classroom learning in their practice setting. The school is affiliated with over 350 agencies in the Greater Cleveland area, creating a vast network of field education as well as employment opportunities. Students are required to complete over 1000 clock hours of field education. The school and the affiliated agency or field setting agree on the content and conditions of field education, including the qualifications of social workers who serve as field instructors. Field placement decisions are based on educational criteria, with student interests and career objectives taken into consideration.

Concentrations

  • Community Practice for Social Change
  • Direct Practice

Direct Practice Specializations

  • Aging
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Mental Health
  • Health*

*Health specialization is offered only in the full-time format.

Program Options

Full -Time Program

Approximately one-half of Mandel School students are enrolled in the Full-Time Program. This program takes four semesters to complete. Students enroll for fall and spring semesters and are scheduled concurrently for classes and field work on a full-time basis. This program is demanding in depth and scope of experience. It is not advisable for students to assume extensive employment during their semesters of enrollment.

Advanced Standing Program

Advanced standing may be granted to students who have earned an Bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) within the last seven years from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students must have earned a B or better in any social work course for which advanced standing is sought.

Intensive Weekend Program

The Intensive Weekend Program is designed to provide graduate-level education toward the MSSA to employed professionals who are maintaining full-time employment. Classes meet one weekend per month throughout the calendar year. Students are required to attend all classes. Students complete five courses each year and all program requirements in three years. Those who have graduated from an accredited BSW program in the last seven (7) years can complete the Intensive Weekend Program in two years.

Senior Year in Professional Studies Program

Undergraduate students of superior ability and achievement may be admitted to the Mandel School at the end of their junior year. This program enables qualified college seniors who are majoring in social work related fields to begin their first year of graduate study during what would normally be their last year of undergraduate work. Exceptional undergraduate students who are firmly committed to social work as a profession can earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.

A student in the Senior Year in Professional Studies Program is permitted to substitute the first year (31 semester hours) at the Mandel School for the last year of undergraduate work. The bachelor’s degree will be granted by the undergraduate college when the student has completed his or her first year at the Mandel School.

Students applying for this program must be interviewed by an admissions officer as part of the application process to explore the candidate’s level of maturity, knowledge of social work, and readiness for professional education. Application for this program should be made prior to the second semester of the junior year.

To qualify for this program, students must demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement during their first three years of undergraduate study. All applicants must (a) have sufficient coursework in the social and behavioral sciences by the end of their junior year; (b) hold a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25; and (c) have successfully completed three-quarters of the major and minor courses in their area of concentration. Acceptance into the Senior Year in Professional Studies Program is contingent upon receipt of a written statement from the dean of the applicant’s undergraduate college, outlining any remaining requirements.

Note: This program is available to students at Case Western Reserve University, Hiram College, College of Wooster, Baldwin Wallace University, John Carroll University, Fisk University, and Ohio Northern University by joint agreement with these institutions. Interested students from other institutions are encouraged to speak with the director of admissions.

Part-Time Degree Program

Students may opt to complete their degree work on a part-time basis during their first year. During the second, third, and fourth years students complete field education requirements and carry a full-time, or nearly full-time, load.

Part-time students select classes from the full-time weekday schedule. These classes meet once a week for two hours. Employed professionals may participate in this program if they can arrange a flexible work schedule.

The part-time program may be completed in three years. Students granted advanced standing may complete the program in fewer semesters. Part-time students are required to register for a minimum of six credit hours per semester. A student must complete all degree requirements in a maximum of five years.

Non-Degree Study

Some designated courses may be taken on a non-degree basis with the permission of the assistant dean of academic affairs and the course instructor. A maximum of 12 hours earned on a non-degree basis may be counted toward requirements for the master's degree if the student is subsequently admitted as a degree seeking candidate. A bachelor's degree is required for enrollment.

Online MSSA Program

The Online MSSA Program option is designed to provide online graduate social work education for employed professionals who plan to maintain full-time employment. Classes meet online to complete all program requirements in two years for advanced standing, and three years for non-advanced standing.

Undergraduate Social Work Minor

The Social Work minor offers interdisciplinary collaborative learning that includes service, community engagement, and an exploration of values. Students experience active learning that is practical and applied to real-world settings. The minor integrates social work theory and practice, social policy, socio-behavioral theory and research to understand and address complex social problems of our time, domestically and internationally. Some issues covered in the courses include oppression and privilege, poverty, violence, social justice, alcohol and other drug abuse, social welfare, community development, children, youth, and families. Courses can be taken on campus or through the MSASS international study and travel courses. 

Master of Nonprofit Organizations Degree Program (MNO)

The Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) degree program prepares students interested in the nonprofit sector for management and leadership positions, by building their skills, competencies, knowledge and capacity. The MNO degree has five program educational objectives for its graduates: (1) to bring contextual understanding to managerial decision-making; (2) to develop, analyze and apply relevant data; (3) to inspire and engage volunteers and professionals in the creation and implementation of ethically-grounded strategies to advance organizational mission; (4) to develop and implement revenue generation strategies; and (5) to manage human and financial resources effectively, efficiently and ethically.

The full time program consisting of thirty-nine (39) credit hours can be completed in twelve (12) months over three (3) consecutive semesters, with students beginning each year in the summer semester (June 1) and concluding at University graduation in the following May.

The curriculum will provide education that instills analytical skills, knowledge relevant to ethical and entrepreneurial decision-making, and expertise in acquiring and managing resources. Graduates will be trained to enhance organizational effectiveness, harness passion, dedication, and vision, make the best use of available resources and seek new resources. Graduates will gain hard and soft management skills and knowledge needed to address a wide range of issues confronting nonprofits and become professionals who work to influence political and social decisions, create stronger organizations, building the capacity, and advancing the mission.

Students accepted for the MNO degree program must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. They must have a record of excellent academic performance and potential evidenced by grade point average. Applicants with a GPA below 2.7 must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) as a condition of admission. Students must also show evidence of a strong interest in the nonprofit sector through volunteer activities, internship experiences, or employment in a nonprofit organization.

Eighteen-Month Advanced Standing Program

Advanced Standing students who are not in the Twelve-Month program generally follow the Eighteen-Month program leading to a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA).  Students follow a fall semester, spring semester, fall semester sequence of courses and they graduate in January.  Up to 15 hours of advanced standing may be granted to students who have completed their bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) in the last seven years from an institution that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Students pursue this option for the following reasons:

  • One of the multi-disciplinary certificate programs or special focus areas
  • Electives not offered during the summer semester
  • Retaking core BSW courses in which they earned a grade of B- or below 

Aging

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education II (SASS 602)3  
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3  
Social Work Practice with Older Adults (SASS 581)3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Aging Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 513) (Intensive Weekend Format)3  
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)  3
Social Work with Death, Grief and Loss (SASS 518)
or Family Caregiving (SASS 515)
  3
Free Elective  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Year Total: 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:  45

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Plus-Chemical Dependency Professional License Eligibility

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education II (SASS 602)3  
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3  
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Free Elective3  
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3
Social Work with Groups (SASS 585) (or Free Elective)  3
Motivational Interviewing (SASS 522) (or Free Elective)  3
Integrative Seminar in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment (SASS 576) (Intensive Weekend Format)  3
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 516) (Intensive Weekend Format)  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3  
Social Work Intervent in Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disor (SASS 562) (or Free Elective)3  
Free Elective3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3  
Free Elective3  
Year Total: 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:  45

Children Youth & Families

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education II (SASS 602)3  
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3  
Free Elective3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Free Elective3  
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3
Free Elective  3
Family System Interventions (SASS 517)  3
Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 529)  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3  
Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children & Families (SASS 550)3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Year Total: 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:  45

Community Practice for Social Change

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education II (SASS 602)3  
Nonprofit Financial Management (SASS 425) (or Free Elective)3  
Theoretical Contexts Shaping Community Practice (SASS 534)3  
Free Elective3  
Assessing, Building & Organizing Community (SASS 567)3  
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3
Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation (SASS 532)  3
Planning & Implementing Social Change (SASS 569)  3
Free Elective  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3  
Legislative and Political Process (SASS 512) (or Free Elective)3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Year Total: 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:  45

Health

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education II (SASS 602)3  
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3  
Advanced Social Work Practice In Integrated Healthcare (SASS 589)3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Issues in Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 511)3  
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3
Social Work with Death, Grief and Loss (SASS 518)
or Family System Interventions (SASS 517)
  3
Free Elective  3
Free Elective  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Year Total: 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:  45

Mental Health-Adult

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education II (SASS 602)3  
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3  
Social Work Practice in Mental Health Adults (SASS 583)3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)
or Social Work in Child Abuse and Family Violence (SASS 582)
3  
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3
Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Adults (SASS 587)  3
Mental Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 514)  3
Free Elective  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Year Total: 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:  45

Mental Health-Children and Adolescent

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education II (SASS 602)3  
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3  
Free Elective3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)
or Social Work in Child Abuse and Family Violence (SASS 582)
3  
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3
Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Children and Adolescents (SASS 584)  3
Mental Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 514)  3
Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Children and Adolescents (SASS 580)  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Free Elective3  
Year Total: 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:  45

Children, Youth & Families-School of Social Work

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Social Work with Groups (SASS 585)3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3    
Children and Families in the School Setting (SASS 519)3    
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 529)  3  
Family System Interventions (SASS 517)  3  
Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Children and Adolescents (SASS 580)  3  
Free Elective  3  
EDU 510 online (Educational Services)1    3
EDU 573 online (Children with Special Needs)1    3
EDU 584 online (Pupil Services & Community Resources)1    3
Year Total: 15 15 9
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3    
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3    
Free Elective3    
Free Elective3    
Year Total: 12    
 
Total Units in Sequence:   51
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 Baldwin Wallace University course

Twelve-Month Advanced Standing Program

The Twelve-Month Advanced Standing Program leading to a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) is available to students who obtained a strong academic record in their bachelor of science (BSW) program.

Up to 15 hours of advanced standing may be granted to students who have completed their bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW). The Twelve-Month program follows a fall semester, spring semester, and summer session sequence of courses and is intended for students who have clear professional goals and can manage an accelerated proram of study.  Students complete their MSSA degree in August.  Because of the short time frame for completing the Twelve-Month Program, dual degrees, individualized curricula, and the school social work emphasis are not available in this program.

Admission to the Twelve-Month Advanced Standing Program is open to students who have a completed a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) in the last seven years from an institution which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Grades of B or better must have been attained in all foundation social work courses.  

Aging

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Social Work Practice with Older Adults (SASS 581)3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3    
Aging Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 513) (Intensive Weekend Format)3    
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)  3  
Social Work with Death, Grief and Loss (SASS 518)
or Family Caregiving (SASS 515)
  3  
Free Elective  3  
Free Elective  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 15 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Plus-Chemical Dependency Professional License Eligibility

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3    
Free Elective3    
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)  3  
Social Work with Groups (SASS 585) (or Free Elective)  3  
Integrative Seminar in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment (SASS 576) (Intensive Weekend Format)  3  
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 516) (Intensive Weekend Format)  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)    3
Motivational Interviewing (SASS 522) (or Free Elective)    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 15 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Children, Youth & Families

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Free Elective3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3    
Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children & Families (SASS 550)3    
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)  3  
Family System Interventions (SASS 517)  3  
Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 529)  3  
Free Elective  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 15 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Community Practice for Social Change

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Nonprofit Financial Management (SASS 425)3    
Free Elective3    
Theoretical Contexts Shaping Community Practice (SASS 534)3    
Assessing, Building & Organizing Community (SASS 567)3    
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation (SASS 532)  3  
Planning & Implementing Social Change (SASS 569)  3  
Free Elective  3  
Free Elective  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)    3
Legislative and Political Process (SASS 512) (or Free Elective)    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 15 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Health

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Issues in Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 511)3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3    
Advanced Social Work Practice In Integrated Healthcare (SASS 589)3    
Free Elective  3  
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Free Elective  3  
Family System Interventions (SASS 517)
or Social Work with Death, Grief and Loss (SASS 518)
  3  
Free Elective  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)    3
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 15 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Mental Health-Adult

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Social Work Practice in Mental Health Adults (SASS 583)3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3    
Elective requirement, please choose one:3    
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)
Social Work With Persons with Serious Mental Illness (SASS 577)
Social Work in Child Abuse and Family Violence (SASS 582)
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)  3  
Mental Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 514)  3  
Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Adults (SASS 587)  3  
Free Elective  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 15 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Mental Health-Children and Adolescent

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Free Elective3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3    
Free Elective3    
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)  3  
Mental Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 514)  3  
Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Children and Adolescents (SASS 580)  3  
Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Children and Adolescents (SASS 584)  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 15 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Intensive Weekend Program 

The Intensive Weekend program offers human service professionals who are employed full time to pursue a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA). Classes meet one weekend per month through the calendar year and students are required to attend all classes. Students complete four courses each year (six during the first year), and complete all program requirements in three years.

Courses consists of four distinct components:

  • A three-day weekend of classes (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
  • A four-week study period, during which additional readings and written assignments are completed
  • A two-day weekend of classes (Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
  • A final study period of approximately three weeks, during which the final course assignment is completed and materials for the next course are received.

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse 

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Social Policy (SASS 470)3    
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3    
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1    
Field Education I (SASS 601)  2  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)  3  
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3  
Field Education II (SASS 602)    3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)    3
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)    3
Year Total: 7 8 9
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Social Work Practice in Mental Health Adults (SASS 583)3    
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)  3  
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 516)  3  
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 6 9 6
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3    
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3    
Social Work Intervent in Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disor (SASS 562)3    
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)  3  
Integrative Seminar in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment (SASS 576)  3  
Year Total: 9 6  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   60

Children, Youth and Families 

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Social Policy (SASS 470)3    
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3    
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1    
Field Education I (SASS 601)  2  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)  3  
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3  
Field Education II (SASS 602)    3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)    3
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)    3
Year Total: 7 8 9
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Family System Interventions (SASS 517)3    
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)  3  
Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children & Families (SASS 550)  3  
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 6 9 6
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3    
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3    
Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 529)3    
Free Elective  3  
Free Elective  3  
Year Total: 9 6  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   60

Mental Health-Adult

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Social Policy (SASS 470)3    
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3    
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1    
Field Education I (SASS 601)  2  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)  3  
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3  
Field Education II (SASS 602)    3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)    3
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)    3
Year Total: 7 8 9
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Social Work Practice in Mental Health Adults (SASS 583)3    
Field Education III (SASS 603)  3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)  3  
Free Elective  3  
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 6 9 6
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education IV (SASS 604)3    
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3    
Social Work Intervent in Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disor (SASS 562)3    
Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Adults (SASS 587)  3  
Mental Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 514)  3  
Year Total: 9 6  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   60

Intensive Weekend Advanced Standing

The Intensive Weekend program offers human service professionals who are employed full-time to pursue a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA).  Classes meet one weekend per month through the calendar year and students are required to attend all classes.  Up to 15 hours of advanced standing may be granted to students who have completed their bachelor's degree in social work (BSE) in the last seven years from an institution that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Social Work Practice in Mental Health Adults (SASS 583)3    
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)  3  
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 516)  3  
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Field Education III (SASS 603)    3
Year Total: 9 6 9
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3    
Social Work Intervent in Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disor (SASS 562) (or Free Elective)3    
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)  3  
Integrative Seminar in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment (SASS 576)  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3  
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 6 9 6
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Children, Youth and Families

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Family System Interventions (SASS 517)3    
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)  3  
Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children & Families (SASS 550)  3  
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Field Education III (SASS 603)    3
Year Total: 9 6 9
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3    
Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 529)3    
Free Elective  3  
Free Elective  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3  
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 6 9 6
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Mental Health: Adult

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)3    
Social Work Practice in Mental Health Adults (SASS 583)3    
Field Education II (SASS 602)3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)  3  
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564) (or Free Elective)  3  
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Field Education III (SASS 603)    3
Year Total: 9 6 9
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3    
Free Elective3    
Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Adults (SASS 587)  3  
Mental Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 514)  3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3  
Free Elective    3
Free Elective    3
Year Total: 6 9 6
 
Total Units in Sequence:   45

Full-Time Program

The Full-Time program takes four semesters to complete.  Students are scheduled for classes and field education concurrently. In the first two semesters, students complete foundation courses which are prerequisites for concentration required courses.  Advanced electives are completed in the last two semesters.

Aging

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education I (SASS 601)2  
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)3  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)3  
Social Policy (SASS 470)3  
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1  
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3  
Field Education II (SASS 602)  3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)  3
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)  3
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education III (SASS 603)3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530) (or Free Elective)3  
Aging Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 513) (Intensive Weekend Format only)3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Social Work Practice with Older Adults (SASS 581)3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3
Free Elective  3
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530) (or Free Elective)  3
Advanced Social Work Practice In Integrated Healthcare (SASS 589)  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  60

Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education I (SASS 601)2  
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3  
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)3  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)3  
Social Policy (SASS 470)3  
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1  
Field Education II (SASS 602)  3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)  3
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)  3
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education III (SASS 603)3  
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3  
Social Work Intervent in Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disor (SASS 562) (or Free Elective)3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3
Free Elective  3
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 516)  3
Integrative Seminar in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment (SASS 576) (Intensive Weekend Format only)  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  60

Children, Youth, and Families

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education I (SASS 601)2  
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3  
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)3  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)3  
Social Policy (SASS 470)3  
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1  
Field Education II (SASS 602)  3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)  3
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)  3
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education III (SASS 603)3  
Free Elective3  
Family System Interventions (SASS 517)3  
Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children & Families (SASS 550)3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3
Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 529)  3
Free Elective  3
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  60

Children, Youth, and Families:  School Social Work

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education I (SASS 601)2    
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3    
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)3    
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)3    
Social Policy (SASS 470)3    
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1    
Field Education II (SASS 602)  3  
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)  3  
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3  
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)  3  
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)  3  
EDU 510 (Baldwin Wallace)    3
EDU 584 (Baldwin Wallace)    3
EDU 573 (Baldwin Wallace)    3
Year Total: 15 15 9
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Field Education III (SASS 603)3    
Children and Families in the School Setting (SASS 519)3    
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3    
Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children & Families (SASS 550)3    
Family System Interventions (SASS 517)3    
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3  
Child and Family Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 529)  3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)  3  
Social Work with Groups (SASS 585)  3  
Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Children and Adolescents (SASS 580)  3  
Year Total: 15 15  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   69

Community Practice for Social Change

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education I (SASS 601)2  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)3  
Social Policy (SASS 470)3  
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1  
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3  
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)3  
Field Education II (SASS 602)  3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)  3
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education III (SASS 603)3  
Legislative and Political Process (SASS 512) (or Free Elective)3  
Theoretical Contexts Shaping Community Practice (SASS 534)3  
Assessing, Building & Organizing Community (SASS 567)3  
Free Elective3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3
Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation (SASS 532)  3
Planning & Implementing Social Change (SASS 569)  3
Free Elective  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  60

Health

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education I (SASS 601)2  
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3  
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)3  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)3  
Social Policy (SASS 470)3  
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1  
Field Education II (SASS 602)  3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)  3
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)  3
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education III (SASS 603)3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530) (or Free Elective)3  
Issues in Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 511)3  
Advanced Social Work Practice In Integrated Healthcare (SASS 589)3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3
Free Elective  3
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530) (or Free Elective)  3
Family System Interventions (SASS 517)
or Social Work with Death, Grief and Loss (SASS 518)
  3
Free Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  60

Mental Health-Adult

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education I (SASS 601)2  
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3  
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)3  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)3  
Social Policy (SASS 470)3  
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1  
Field Education II (SASS 602)  3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)  3
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)  3
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education III (SASS 603)3  
Free Elective3  
Social Work Practice in Mental Health Adults (SASS 583)3  
Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Children & Families (SASS 550)3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3
Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Adults (SASS 587)  3
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)
or Social Work With Persons with Serious Mental Illness (SASS 577)
or Social Work in Child Abuse and Family Violence (SASS 582)
  3
Free Elective  3
Social Work with Groups (SASS 585)  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  60

Mental Health-Child

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education I (SASS 601)2  
Direct Practice Foundation Methods Skills (SASS 477)3  
Theories of Oppression and Social Justice (SASS 484)3  
Human Development I: Child and Adolescent (SASS 440)3  
Social Policy (SASS 470)3  
Field Education Seminar (SASS 495)1  
Field Education II (SASS 602)  3
Human Development II: Adult (SASS 441)  3
Macro and Policy Practice Skills (SASS 478)  3
Research Methods in Social Work (SASS 426)  3
Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (SASS 547)  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Field Education III (SASS 603)3  
Practice Evaluation (SASS 530)3  
Social Work Practice in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SASS 564)
or Social Work With Persons with Serious Mental Illness (SASS 577)
or Social Work in Child Abuse and Family Violence (SASS 582)
3  
Free Elective3  
Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work (SASS 549)3  
Field Education IV (SASS 604)  3
Mental Health Policy and Service Delivery (SASS 514)  3
Free Elective  3
Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Children and Adolescents (SASS 580)  3
Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Children and Adolescents (SASS 584)  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  60