Summary of social work graduate programs prepared by Melissa C.F. Becker, MSW, September 2000
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Temple University School of Social Administration

Identity: The distinctive mission of the School, rooted in humanistic and democratic values, is reflected in a broad and vigorous commitment to the elimination of human suffering and social injustice and to the promotion of human rights and social equality. Its educational programs are therefore centered on intervention strategies on behalf of those populations and persons who are underserved, victimized or denied full access to social opportunities and resources. Poverty, racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination and disenfranchisement are priority concerns of the School, as are those social problems associated with life in the inner city.

The School of Social Administration represents Temple University's commitment to the use of knowledge and resources to explore and respond to the complex array of urban problems and their impact on human conditions. The press for human rights and social justice; rejection of racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination; support for the creation of positive institutional responses to human need and striving; respect for diversity. These values are prominently reflected in the School's educational mission and programs.

The School of Social Administration's Programs are grounded in the belief that human problems are linked inexorably to the interplay of social values, institutional arrangements, and the structural dynamics of power. Thus, the School places major emphasis on developing teaching strategies for social and institutional change and on practice methods with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations that affirm people's strengths, value their diversity, and help them take charge of their lives and collectively meet their common human needs. The School's primary concern is with the elimination of oppression and particularly that based on race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.

Hours: 60 semester hours; semester system; 3 credit courses. Advanced standing is 35 semester hours.

Pre Reqs: Bachelor's degree. A broad liberal arts foundation, including a minimum of two courses in the social and/or behavioral sciences, two courses in the humanities, and content in human biology.

Program Structures: Full time (2 year program); part time program (up to 4 years); advanced standing (regular full time or up to 2 year part time). Distance learning program at the Temple campus in Harrisburg (Social Service Delivery concentration only). Distance learning program is available to advanced standing & part time (extended degree) students. Both day and evening courses available.

Requirements: Social Welfare Policy & Services I & II; Community Encounter; Practice of Social Service Delivery I & II; Introduction to Social Research; Human Behavior & Social Environment I & II; Social Program Evaluation; Field Practicum (3 days/week).

Concentrations: Two concentrations: Social Service Delivery and Administration/Social Planning. Social Service Delivery courses: Service Delivery Practice: Individuals & Families; Organizational Change or Supervision, Staff Development & Training; Advanced Human Behavior & Social Environment Course; Service Delivery Practice: Individuals & Groups; Social Service Delivery Seminar; Advanced Social Welfare Policy Course or Master's Project Elective; Field Practicum (3 days/week).

Administration/Social Planning courses: Practice of Administration & Social Planning I & II; Financial Management I & II; Organization Theory; Supervision, Staff Development & Training or Social Planning Skills; Personnel Administration or Community Planning & Consultation; Field Practicum (3 days/week).

Students may pursue special areas of interest within each curricular concentration. Through the selection of their field placement, topics for research in required courses, and elective and independent study courses, students specialize in such areas as alcohol addiction, aging, community development, developmental disabilities, family and children's services, health care services, mental health, and women's services. Faculty members with expertise in the above areas are happy to assist students in tailoring individualized programs to meet their special interests and career objectives.

Practicum: 2 placements in 2 years. Both foundation and concentration placements are 3 days per week. Applicants for part-time study who are currently employed in a human service agency usually can plan to meet the Program's field work requirements at their place of employment; full time students cannot use their place of employment.

Electives: variable; used to focus on areas of special interest.

Specialization Options: Certificates in: gerontology; women’s studies; child abuse & neglect.

Dual Degree Options:

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