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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy Statement 

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is committed to valuing and reflecting the diverse  voices, perspectives, and experiences of our members throughout the organization and its  programming. We seek to include diverse voices and  perspectives, and to keep diversity, equity, and inclusion in focus as we hire staff, appoint volunteers,  elect individuals, and select vendors. This includes, but is not limited to, culture, race, religion, age,  sex/gender, sexual orientation, disability, and country of origin of people. As our understanding  deepens about the intersectional, complex, and nuanced nature of diversity, we will continue to be responsive, innovative, and forward-thinking.

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Congratulations on winning a CSWE commission and council award! 

Awards will be presented at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting in Kansas City, MO.  Learn more about APM here.

Please complete this form to accept or decline the award, and provide additional information by JUNE 3, 2024.

Congratulations on being selected by the Council on Social Work Education to be this year's Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecturer!

The lecture will be presented on Friday October 25, 2024 from 8:45 am to 10:15 am at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting in Kansas City, MO.  Learn more about APM here.

Please complete this form to accept or decline the award, and provide additional information by JUNE 3, 2024.

Congratulations on being selected by the Council on Social Work Education to be this year's Hokenstad Lecturer!

The lecture will be presented on Saturday October 26, 2024 from 8:45 am to 10:15 am at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting in Kansas City, MO.  Learn more about APM here.

Please complete this form to accept or decline the award, and provide additional information by JUNE 3, 2024.

Congratulations on being selected as one of two 2024 winners of the Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship!

To receive this scholarship award ($500), please complete this form by JUNE 3, 2024.

The Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Master's Fellowship is designed to reduce health disparities and improve healthcare outcomes of diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MSW fellowship supports final year and/or advance standing Master of Social Work students who are committed to providing mental health services to underserved minority communities.

MFP fellowships are contingent upon funding from SAMSHA which is anticipated to be awarded in Summer 2024. 

Thank you for your interest in creating a curricular guide as part of the 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 $45,000- $50,000 to produce. 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. 

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is excited to announce the new Specialized Curricular Guide on Service User Involvement in Social Work Education. This specialized curricular guide will present a unique opportunity for volunteers to expand their professional horizons. 


The term ‘Service User’ that will be used in this Guide refers to those individuals with lived experiential knowledge of social work, including having received services or support from a social worker, who will contribute to the educational experience of social work students based on this lived experience of social work.

The guide will serve as a supplemental resource for accredited social work programs and educators on planning and implementing service user involvement across the social work competencies adopted in the 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The guide will be produced by a task force of international content experts. CSWE invites you to participate as a member of an international task force. Task force participants may include: CSWE members, social work professionals and/or interdisciplinary professionals.

Task force members will be asked to participate in the following:

· An orientation webinar in July 2024 (orientation date forthcoming, will be recorded if unable to join live)

· Work collaboratively on a task force competency group established to define the social work competencies within the guide. Groups will be made up of approximately 5–7 members

· Monthly calls/webinars to work on competency descriptions and curricular resources

· Virtual and/or in-person meetings to finalize competencies and curricular resources throughout 2025

· Participate in promotional events during CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting in 2026

By participating on this task force, you will be a part of an international effort to increase competence and expertise related to delivering a service user involved focus on social work education, field practicum, and social work. Your energy, expertise, and commitment will be central to extending and enhancing the nine social work competencies.

Participants’ names and institutions will be listed in the published curricular guide and participants will receive a complimentary copy of the printed guide that will also be housed on CSWE’s website.


If you are interested, please complete the application by May 31, 2024.


 Submit your ADEI curricular resources! 

CSWE invites members to submit curricular resources related to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI).  These crowd-sourced submissions will be housed on the CSWE website and available to members as a repository of resources, such as ADEI-related readings, activities, projects, or case studies. 

The 2022 Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) affirms and strengthens the enduring commitment of social work education to principles of ADEI. 

CSWE continues to support social work programs in developing a workforce of social workers who are knowledgeable about the ways positionality, power, privilege, and difference affect practice areas, and how social workers challenge systems of oppression that affect diverse populations. 

Please join CSWE in continuing the efforts of supporting programs in ADEI best practices and efforts!

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