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.

How to submit 

We will follow-up with you about your submission by email. Please be sure to whitelist notification emails from Submittable and check the email you used to sign up for your Submittable Account regularly. Check out the Submitter Resource Center or reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team with any technical questions here.

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.

If you have technical questions about the form please direct your questions to Submittable's Help Center.  For questions regarding the application or program, please email LeadershipInstitute@cswe.org.

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