Summary of social work graduate programs prepared by Melissa C.F. Becker, MSW, September 2000
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Gallaudet University Department of Social Work

Identity: The M.S.W. program prepares deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students to assume leadership positions in the provision of social work services for deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the United States and internationally. Graduates are employed in child welfare agencies, schools and universities, mental health settings, family service agencies, correctional facilities, and programs for people with developmental disabilities, among many others. Graduates are providing clinical services and are engaged in advocacy, administration, program and policy development, community development, consultation, research, and publication.

Hours: 59 credit hours; semester system; generally 3 credit courses with a few 2 & 4 credit courses.

Pre Reqs: Bachelor’s degree; 30 hours of Liberal Arts or Humanities; Coursework in Human Biology.

Program Structures: Full time (2 years/4 semesters); Part time (3 and 4 year options); Advanced standing. Weekend and Evening Study is not possible.

Foundation Requirements: 31 hours. Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II; Social Welfare Policy and Services; Social Work Practice I & II; Research Methods I; Data Analysis; Foundation Field Practicum I & II; three credits of Electives.

Concentrations: 29 hours. The concentration consists of advanced content in all the curriculum areas, expanding and deepening knowledge and skills acquired during the foundation year and preparing the student with the special knowledge and skills needed for social work practice with deaf and hard of hearing populations. Students may elect to complete a major research project or thesis. Courses include: Issues in Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations; Practice with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations: Micro Interventions; Field Practicum with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations; Research Practicum: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations; Introduction to Audiology; Disability Policy: Implications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations; Practice with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations: Macro Intervention; Advanced Practice Seminar; Field Practicum with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations II; three credits of Electives.

Practicum: The field practicum entails fieldwork for two days a week, or 250 hours a semester, for each of the four semesters of the program. 1000 hours total.

Electives: Courses in the Department of Sign Communication are strongly recommended and can be used to satisfy elective credit requirements.

Specialization Options:

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