Becoming a Social Worker in Oklahoma

With a bachelor's, you can become a social work associate in Oklahoma. With a master's, you can be licensed as a social worker in any of several practice areas, including clinical social work and administration. A social work bachelor's is not a prerequisite, but can shorten your graduate program. The following is a guide to getting a social worker education in Oklahoma.

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If You Are a High School Student

Step 1:

In high school, concentrate on earning solid grades in core courses. It is also a good idea to begin volunteer service.

Step 2:

Choose a university. If you want associate-level licensure, look for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). There can be advantages to completing an undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program, even if you will be seeking licensure at the graduate level. A BSW can allow you to skip up to half the courses in a master's program and get started on advanced coursework right away.

Step 3:

Enroll and begin pre-social work courses. Psychology, sociology, and biology are common prerequisites. Students often take two introductory social work courses before formal admission to the social work program.

Step 4:

Seek admission to the social work major. Professional studies are typically concentrated in the final four semester hours of the degree program.

Step 5:

Excel. Maintain at least a 3.0 in major coursework, particularly if you want to continue your studies at the graduate level. Take advantage of other opportunities while you are in school. You can join a school social work association or honor society. You can even join the National Association of Social Workers as a student member.

Step 6:

Apply to the Oklahoma Board to become a Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA). A criminal background check will be required. You will need to pass the Association of Social Work Board's bachelor level examination.

Step 7:

Work as a social worker and/ or continue on for your master’s. You will have the most options if you begin a master’s program within five years.

Find more detailed Oklahoma Social Work Licensure information here.

If You Have a College Degree

Step 1:

Research your options and take any advanced steps necessary to boost your resume and application package. Be prepared to submit essays and professional and academic references.

Step 2:

Select a social work school that has a concentration that interests you. In Oklahoma, license category is tied to post-degree practice, but your choice of concentration will help determine your educational experiences and ultimately influence where you get hired.

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The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers a CSWE-accredited online Master's in Social Work. The GRE is not required to apply to the [email protected] program. A Bachelor's degree is required. Learn more about this program.

Fordham University's top-ranked School of Social Work offers an online MSW program that prepares students for relevant, integrated practice with all populations. GRE scores not required. Request information today.

Capella University is now offering an online Master of Social Work that is in CSWE candidacy status. The MSW program helps prepare students to enter the general or clinical practice role (in most states). Capella also offers an online Doctor of Social Work. Click Here to contact Capella University about their Master of Social Work program or Doctor of Social Work program.

Step 3:

Complete foundational coursework, concentration coursework, and electives. If you completed an accredited social work bachelor’s, you may be permitted to skip foundational coursework. Otherwise, your master’s will be the equivalent of two years of full-time study.

Step 4:

Apply to Oklahoma to become a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). This will entail having a criminal background check and taking a national board examination at the master's level through the Association of Social Boards.

Step 5:

Take a position in your chosen practice area: clinical, administrative, or generalist advanced practice. You will need a supervision contract on file with the Board.

Step 6:

Work under supervision for at least two years and until you have at least 4,000 hours of suitable experience. You will have periodic evaluations; they will assess skills specific to the role.

Step 7:

When all requirements have been met, you will be eligible for an independent level license.

To become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or Licensed Social Worker – Administration (LSW-Adm), take the ASWB advanced generalist examination.

To become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), take the ASWB clinical examination.

Find more detailed Oklahoma Social Work Licensure information here.