Becoming a Social Worker

A social worker is someone who has a bachelor's, master's or Ph.D in social work from an accredited school of social work. For someone to become a professional social worker, they must get a degree in social work. 

The Council on Social Work Accreditation (CSWE) is the governing body that accredits schools of social work. To find a listing of schools accredited by CSWE, go to and click on "accredited programs." It is very important to choose a school of social work that is CSWE accredited in order to become licensed to practice social work. 

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