Specialist Licensure in School Social Work

Students interested in pursuing a career in School Social Work may apply for a Specialist License in School Social Work during their first year in the JMSW Program. School social work is an exciting and rewarding field of practice for those interested in working with elementary, middle, or high school level students and their families.

Much of the work in this field involves preventive or early intervention work, which often increases the positive outcomes from social work services. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requires that all social workers hired for School Social Work positions must be licensed or be eligible to sign a provisional contract for School Social Work Licensure. Available only for two year students.

The JMSW Program is approved to provide the Specialist License in School Social Work which requires that MSW students are completing or have completed a minimum 60 hour graduate program.  Advanced Standing students are ineligible to apply to this program.

Licensure Only

Our social work program is not approved for licensure only. We can only provide licensure to students who are currently in the two year program. Alumni or MSW graduates from other programs are ineligible to return and seek this license in school social work.

Application Procedure  

  • Dr. Danielle Swick, Coordinator of the School Social Work Licensure Program, meets with two and/or three year students in the fall semester of their foundation year to review application procedures and answer questions.  Handbooks will be distributed to all interested students at the information session.
  • Interested students can also download the Handbook for School Social Work: Graduate Licensure Program (PDF).  The application must be completed and returned to Dr. Swick by January 19 in the spring semester of the foundation year.
  • Students accepted will have their paperwork forwarded to either the NCA&T School of Education or UNCG Teacher Education Program (this decision is based on the University where the JMSW student was initially admitted) and the Co-Directors of Field.
  • Placements in school settings must take place in the advanced year internship and will be arranged by the Co-Directors of Field.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Danielle Swick at dcswick@uncg.edu