Becoming a Social Worker in Oregon
If you are interested in pursuing a social worker education in Oregon, know that there are multiple paths. You can begin as an undergraduate or graduate. A bachelor’s degree is sufficient for many positions, but the highest level of practice requires a master’s.
If You Are a High School Student
Begin career exploration in high school. Meanwhile, concentrate on earning good grades in college prep courses. You can opt for classes like sociology or advanced placement psychology.
Select a university that has a bachelor's level social work program. If you opt for one that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), you will be at an advantage should you decide to continue your social work education at the graduate level.
You can select a different undergraduate major if you plan to pursue clinical practice. The disadvantage is that you will have to do your foundations/ generalist social work courses at the graduate level.
Complete core liberal art courses. Also complete any specific social work prerequisites, for example, sociology, psychology, or social welfare.
Apply for admission to the social work major. Typically this occurs during your third or fourth semester.
Complete major coursework. You may be required to submit another application when it is time to begin fieldwork. Some social work schools have an internship fair or other interview process.
Apply to the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers for credentialing as a Registered Baccalaureate Social Worker. Be prepared to take the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) examination at the bachelor's level.
If You Have a College Degree
Look ahead to see Master of Social Work admission requirements. MSW programs consider volunteer and paid service and references from professionals. Graduate admission exams are not usually required at the master's level, but some schools consider them.
Apply to a CSWE-accredited MSW program. There are a lot of options. You may select an online or campus-based program and be finished in two to four years, depending on whether you opt for full-time or part-time study. If you do have a relatively recent BSW, you may be eligible for advanced standing and finish in just one year.
Give consideration to the concentrations offered. You can opt for advanced generalist or clinical social work. It is sometimes an option to earn an adjunctive certificate in a field like gerontology or even do a dual degree.
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.
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.
Begin MSW coursework. As you take those early classes, give thought to where you want to fulfill your field placement. Expect to be in a service agency a couple of days a week. Occasionally, Oregon MSW students find paid student internships, but this is not necessarily the norm.
Apply to the Oregon Board for the appropriate license: Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA).
The LMSW license is the appropriate one if you will not be going into clinical practice. You will need to take the master's level examination through the ASWB.
The CSWA is the appropriate license if you will be pursuing clinical licensure. You will not need to take your licensing examination until later. However, you will need to submit a supervision plan at the onset.
You must take the Oregon jurisprudence exam, whatever level of licensure you seek.
As a CSWA, you must work under supervision for a minimum of 24 months.
In order to be licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), you must take the ASWB exam at the clinical level.