The Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) prepares students for generalist social work practice at the first full professional level recognized by the National Association of Social Workers. Graduates are eligible to sit for the professional licensure exam in Kentucky, and other states, at the baccalaureate level (LSW). The degree program provides the essential foundation for professional practice, which is subsequently strengthened by professional experience, agency in-service training, and/or graduate social work education.
Public Child Welfare Certification Program
The School of Social Work at Spalding University is one of eleven universities in Kentucky participating in a consortium designed to prepare BSSW graduates for child protection positions with the Kentucky Cabinet for Families & Children.
Full-time students entering the junior year may apply for the program. Those accepted receive a grant to apply toward tuition, as well as an individual stipend for up to four semesters. Participants will take two specifically designed interactive televised courses as part of their undergraduate curriculum and will complete the BSSW field practicum in a child protection placement; the first course focuses on the nature of child abuse and neglect, with the second teaching specific social work skills to protect vulnerable children. Additional special activities, CPS training sessions and retreats are incorporated into the experience. Upon successful completion of the BSSW degree and PCWCP requirements, the student accepts employment with the Cabinet for a period of at least two years.
Ongoing statewide and national research demonstrate the impact of the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children's Public Child Welfare Certification Program in enhancing the quality of services provided to families and children at risk while at the same time significantly improving the number of professionally-trained social workers committing themselves to a career in public practice.
BSSW students complete a field practicum during their Senior year in one of the region's many social service agencies, under the supervision of an approved field agency supervisor. The School of Social Work's Director of Field matches students with agencies whose experiences and resources best meet the learning needs of the individual student. A faculty field liaison facilitates a required weekly seminar course to ensure that students integrate practical experience with classroom learning.
Application procedures are obtained from the School of Social Work office. Acceptance as a social work major is required before any student may enroll in social work practice courses.
Students usually begin taking social work courses in the fall of their junior year. Students apply for formal admission to the BSSW program while they are enrolled in SW 208, Cornerstone. School of Social Work faculty advisors orient students to application procedures. Required forms guidelines are provided during SW 208, Cornerstone.
In order to gain admission to the BSSW program, students must: 1) maintain satisfactory academic progress in all BSSW courses completed prior to admission, 2) maintain an overall GPA of 2.75, 3) complete the application including essay and references and 4) complete a faculty interview.
Successful Academic Progress for the BSSW Program
All Social Work majors must earn no less than a "B" in any Social Work course. If a "C" or lower is earned, then the respective course must be repeated. If a "B" or better is not earned when the course is repeated, the student will be dismissed from the program. Failure to satisfactorily complete a course that serves as a prerequisite for others will prevent the student from moving forward in the course sequence until the course is successfully repeated.
Transfer of Credits
The BSSW program welcomes students transferring from the region's community and technical colleges and universities. Articulation agreements prevent duplication of content. BSSW Transfer students from two-year schools must complete at least one-half the credits for the major at Spalding University. Social work core courses must be completed at Spalding University or another CSWE-accredited BSSW program. Please note that Spalding University School of Social Work grants no academic credit for life or work experience.
Student learning is assessed through a variety of measures, including self-assessment by the student. Typical techniques include both small and large system role plays, critical analysis of case situations and ethical dilemmas, written narratives, videotaped skill demonstrations, research papers, and examinations. BSSW students in their senior year are in a field practicum enabling them to integrate theory and practice in a learning environment. In practicum, assessment is a mutually supportive process between the field agency supervisor, the faculty field instructor, and the student.
(see program sheets for specifics of the BSSW degree)
All BSSW majors complete Spalding's University Studies requirements. There are 53 semester hours of required core courses in social work.
Students must also successfully complete at least 18 elective hours in related fields. Highly recommended are electives in social work, anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science and environmental studies.
Minor in Addiction Studies
This minor requires 18 credit hours, consisting of the following:
Required Courses (15 credit hours)
Electives (3 credit hours, chosen from the list below)