Applicants without a social work degree

Applicants without a social work degree

Applicants considering making application under this section are advised to read the following section carefully and with a full understanding of “substantially equivalent”.  Further, the College considers applications and does not advise potential applicants whether a certain future course of action will result in meeting the requirements. However, persons with a social work degree (BSW or MSW) will meet the educational requirement.

Applicants that hold a related degree must demonstrate that their university education is substantially equivalent to a social work degree. This is done in three parts:

Part one: Degrees which are considered to be related are:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Education in Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Divinity in Theology

Part two: Related degree applicants must complete the Application Supplement 1 – Degree & Knowledge. Substantial equivalency must be demonstrated through university education in each of the following subject areas:

    • Social welfare
    • Social policy
    • Social Work ethics
    • Social Work practice
    • Social Work theory,
    • Human Behaviour and Development, and
    • Research methods

Substantial equivalence is not met if an applicant has taken one course or completed introductory (pre-requisite) courses in the above topic areas. Applications are considered in their totality. It is expected that applicants with related degrees would present with substantive upper level credits.

Part three: Related degree applicants must complete the Application Supplement 2 – Practice Experience Assessment. Submit evidence of not less than 700 hours of social work experience. For social work applicants this is typically met by completing two practicums as part of a bachelor degree.

 

Applicants who are able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the foregoing will then be approved to write the ASWB licensure examination. For more information on the examination please visit www.aswb.org.

For full application details, select the application that applies to you:

  • Applicants with a related degree from Canada click here.
  • Applicants with a related degree from USA click here.
  • Applicants with a related degree from outside of Canada or the USA click here.