About CSWE

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 800 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. Through its many initiatives, activities, and centers, CSWE supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development, so that social workers play a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.


CSWE is a national association of social work education programs and individuals that ensures and enhances the quality of social work education for a professional practice that promotes individual, family, and community well-being, and social and economic justice. CSWE pursues this mission in higher education by setting and maintaining national accreditation standards for baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in social work, by promoting faculty development, by engaging in interprofessional and international collaborations, and by advocating for social work education and research.

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CSWE is seeking photos from member programs and faculty from the 2020 and 2019 schoolyears! We invite you to submit your photos of social work education before COVID-19 and during the pandemic: field placements, online classrooms, in-person events with students and faculty, and more. 


  1. Classroom–photos of students and educators in physical classrooms or digital spaces.
  2. Community–photos of students and/or educators engaged with their communities, either in volunteer or charitable events or organized activities outside the classroom.
  3. Field–photos of students working in field placements.


  • Each contestant may submit up to three photos per category, for a total of nine photos.
  • Photos must be taken in 2019 or 2020.
  • Each photo must be accompanied by a brief description and information on when and where the photo was taken. Photos without descriptions or dates will not be entered in the contest.
  • Contestants must be CSWE members.


  • Grand Prize (1): One photo will be selected among all entrants as the “Grand Prize” photo. The entrant who submitted the Grand Prize photo will receive a complimentary registration to CSWE’s 2021 Annual Program Meeting.
  • Winning Photo (3): One photo in each category will be deemed the “winning” photo. The entrant who submitted the winning photo will receive a $100 Visa gift card.
  • Runner Up (3): One photo in each category will deemed the “runner up” photo. The entrant who submitted the runner up photo will receive a $50 Visa gift card.


Photos will be reviewed by a panel of CSWE staff and members. The Grand Prize, winning, and runner up photos will be announced in July 2021. Photos will be evaluated on originality, artistic merit, and creativity. Decisions of the judges is final. CSWE reserves the right to extend or delay judging deadline.

Please direct any questions to comms@cswe.org.

The CSWE Commission on Global Social Work Education is pleased to announce the 18th annual Partners in Advancing International Education (PIE) Awards program, honoring the contribution of social work faculty members, social work students (BSW, MSW, or PhD), and organizations as partners in advancing education for international social work. The PIE awards are given in recognition of conceptual, curricular, and programmatic innovations in education for international social work. Priority is given to U.S.-based nominees.

The Partners in Advancing International Education Awards will be presented at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting immediately preceding the Hokenstad lecture.

Eligible Recipients

Up to three awards are given annually- one for each of the following categories of contributors to education for international social work.

  1. Social work faculty member (current members of the Commission on Global Education and those who are within a year of completing their term on this Commission are not eligible to apply for the award).
  2. Social work students or student group (BSW, MSW, or PhD level) (social work graduates within 2 years of graduation, relative to the timing of the APM conference, are eligible to apply).
  3. Local (APM host city), national, or international organizations.


Award recipients receive an engraved plaque honoring their contributions to the advancement of education for international social work. Awards are presented jointly by the chair of the CSWE Commission on Global Social Work Education and the chair of the PIE Awards Committee. There is no financial support associated with this award.

Nominations Process

Letters of nomination for PIE award candidates must include the following:

  1. The name and contact information for each nominee
  2. The nominator’s rationale for the nomination (with a clear statement concerning the innovations made by the nominee in advancing education for international social work)
  3. Documentation in support of the nomination (e.g., a current curriculum vitae and copies of selected publications for individual nominees; or, in the case of organizational nominees, copies of relevant stories concerning the nominee organization in the public media, as well as a detailed description of the activities engaged in by the nominee that contribute to the advancement of education for international social work)
  4. Other materials that nominators believe would be helpful to the PIE Awards Committee in reviewing the merits of nominees. Please limit submission materials to 6 pages, excluding CVs (for individuals)

Nominations are open to faculty members, students or student groups, and organizations located either within or outside the United States. Preference will be given to nominations that have a demonstrable link to the advancement of education for international social work in the United States. Letters of nomination must be submitted in electronically. 

Thank you for your interest in creating a curricular guide as part of the 2015 EPAS Curricular Guide Resource Series. Curricular Guides are used as an educational resource in various settings, particularly in the classroom. Please read the following guidelines to understand the curricular guide development process. 

Curricular Guides are created jointly with Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) staff and task force participants, led by two co-chairs and nine competency chairs. Task force members can be selected by CSWE staff and co-chairs or by an open call. Task force participants may include: CSWE members, social work professionals and/or interdisciplinary professionals. 

Each guide takes approximately one year to create with copyediting, printing, and promotion of the guide completed by CSWE. Curricular Guides are grant-funded, costing approximately $35,000- $40,000. CSWE recommends proposers identify or already have a funding source; CSWE may supplement additional grant sources on a case-by-case basis. 

Use this form to propose a curricular guide. CSWE administration will review the form and contact you within 2 weeks of review. Contact Mumbi Mwaura, Program Associate for Curricular Resources for questions, mmwaura@cswe.org. 

Leadership Institute  

CSWE BSW and MSW Program Director Academy

Now Recruiting our 4th Class!

The CSWE Program Director Academy is designed for new and recent program directors who are typically transitioning from faculty to administrative roles, often without prior training or experience in management and leadership inside or outside of the social work academy. For the 3rdCohort, space will be limited to 30 participants.

This program is open to baccalaureate and master’s program directors from CSWE member programs who have been in their position for 3 or fewer years. Applicants must be a member of a CSWE accredited program to apply. If you have been in your position longer than 3 years and are interested in applying, please contact CSWE prior to submitting an application.

Program Details and Participant Requirements

The program requires a 1-year commitment and includes participation in the following:

A Virtual Summer Leadership Institute on July 13, 15, 20, and 22, 2021 (three hours each day)

  • This virtual workshop with cohort participants is designed to build and strengthen administrative and leadership capacity with a focus on management competencies and leadership development for the program director role.
  • National leaders will speak on the following topics: strategic management, skills of supervision, communication, effective meetings, leadership self-assessment, and resource development as it relates to job function.
  • Networking opportunities with other BSW and MSW program directors across the country

A Lunch Panel Presentation on Diversity and Leadership and a Leadership Development Institute held at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM) on November 3, 2021, in Orlando, FL.

Online modules, webinars, and virtual networking opportunities through the CSWE Learning Academy in spring 2022. Participants will apply and integrate core concepts and competencies from the program to initiatives within their home institutions.

Program Completion Reception and Certificate Presentation at the 2022 APM in Anaheim, CA on November 9, 2022.

Application Timeline

Monday, April 19, 2021, at 11:59 pm (EST) - Receipt deadline for submission of materials to CSWE

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - CSWE notifies applicants

Registration Fee and Other Expenses

The total tuition for the CSWE Program Director Academy is $1,200. This registration fee includes curriculum materials, Learning Academy modules/webinars, and registration for the 2021 APM Leadership Development Institute on November 3, 2021, in Orlando, FL. Once an applicant is selected to participate in the program, the registration fee of $1,200 is due by July 1, 2021. Any additional expenses are the responsibility of the participant or college/school.

Application Instructions and Requirements

Receipt deadline for all materials is Monday, April 19, 2021, at 11:59 pm (EST). Applications are reviewed by the CSWE Council on Leadership Development and CSWE staff and results will be announced by Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

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