Social Work Degrees in California – CA
In order to become a licensed social worker in California, you must have at least a master degree in social work from an accredited school. You may complete these studies at a college or university or online, as long as the school is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. Your social work degree in California must include certain courses, and if it does not, California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences requires you to complete these courses in addition to receiving your MSW. These include 7 hours of child abuse assessment and reporting; 10 hours of human sexuality; 15 hours of substance abuse and dependency; 15 hours of spousal abuse assessment and reporting; and 10 hours on aging and long term care.
In addition to the classroom requirements, those in social work graduate programs in California must complete experiential requirements. The state mandates 3200 hours and 104 weeks of supervised clinical experience prior to fully licensing any applicant. These hours must include 2000 hours on clinical psychosocial diagnosis, assessment, treatment, psychotherapy and counseling; and 1200 hours on client-centered advocacy, consultation, evaluation and research. At least 13 weeks of your 104 week long experience must be directly supervised by a LCSW. After completing these requirements, you will be well-prepared for the LCSW examinations required for licensure as a social worker in California. You must fulfill continuing education requirements of 36 hours every two years to maintain your license.
Disclaimer: Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum, and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.