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We are proud to offer a variety of certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels, allowing students to further specialize within the degrees they are seeking.

Certificate in Child Welfare Service (BSSW only)

Certificate in Child Welfare Services (BSSW only)

The Certificate in Child Welfare Practice provides BSSW students with the specialized skills, knowledge, and practice competencies in order to carry out services for the care and protection of children. Students will be prepared to meet the critical service needs of Florida’s children and families.

Application

This certificate program is open to students admitted into the BSSW program only. 

Prospective certificate students must:

  • Be admitted into the BSSW program

Course Requirements:

In order to obtain the certificate, students must earn a total of 24 credits towards the certificate, completing the following courses with a “C” or higher:

  • SOW 4658 Interventions in Child Maltreatments
  • SOW 4654 Child Welfare: Policy and Practice
  • SOW 4511L Field Practicum I (in a Child Welfare Setting)
  • SOW 4512L Field Practicum II (in a Child Welfare Setting)
  • SOW 4522 Field Seminar I
  • SOW 4523 Field Seminar II

 

The certificate application must be approved by the School of Social Work prior to submission to the FIU Office of the Registrar. For additional information, please contact Ms. Sheila Jenkins Boone, Academic Advisor in the School of Social Work, at 305-348-4415 or sheila.jenkinsboone@fiu.edu

 

Graduate Certificate in Social Work Practice with the Elderly (MSW only)

Graduate Certificate in Social Work Practice with the Elderly

(MSW Only) 

This 15-credit graduate certificate provides specialized advanced clinical training for social work students working with elderly populations. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only.

 

Course Requirements:

SOW 6236 Social Welfare Policy and Services II 3
SOW 6534 Field Practicum III (in an Elderly/Aging Setting) 6
  Select 2 from the following:  
SOW 5641 Understanding the Process of Aging 3
SOW 6646 Social Work Practice with the Elderly 3
SOW 5605 Medical Social Work 3
SOW 5805C Counseling the Elderly 3
SOW 6359 Social Work Treatment with Families of the Elderly 3

 

Application

 

  • Applicants must satisfy all minimum requirements as specified by the University Graduate School for admission into Graduate Programs. This program is open to degree-seeking students only.
  • Applicants must submit a Graduate Certificate Program Application, which must be reviewed and approved by the School of Social Work.

                For additional information/approval, please contact Kelly Sydnor, Student Services Coordinator, at 305-348-5841 or ksydnor@fiu.edu.

Graduate Certificate in Management in Social Work (MSW only)

Graduate Certificate in Management in Social Work (MSW Only) 

 

This certificate is currently inactive.

This 15-credit graduate certificate provides specialized management training for social work students and professionals planning to enter or work in managerial positions in the social work field. Courses do not meet elective requirements for the MSW clinical program. All certificate students are required to take the three required courses, as well as the two from the approved list. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only.

Course Requirements (15 credits):

SOW 5344 Theory & Practice with Communities & Organizations  
PAD 6156 Applied Organizational Theory & Behavior  
SOW 5455 Writing and Managing Grants for Social Service Programs  
Select two from the following:    
PAD 6205 Public Financial Management  
PAD 5435 Administration & the Role of Women  
HSA 6425 Mental Health Administration & Planning  
URS 5645 Strategic Planning in Public & Non-Profit Organizations  
PAD 6434 Leadership and Decision Making  
SOW 6387 Social Services Management Skills  

 

Application

  • Applicants must satisfy all minimum requirements as specified by the University Graduate School for admission into Graduate Programs. This program is open to degree-seeking students only.
  • Applicants must submit a Graduate Certificate Program Application, which must be reviewed and approved by the School of Social Work.

                For additional information/approval, please contact Kelly Sydnor, Student Services Coordinator, at 305-348-5841 or ksydnor@fiu.edu.

 

Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare (MSW only)

Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare (MSW Only) 

The Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare (GCCW) provides specialized training in child welfare services. Students who are awarded the GCCW will be prepared to work with abused and neglected children, their families and the social service organizations that serve them. A total of 18 graduate credits are required for this certificate. This certificate is open to degree-seeking students only.

Course Requirements (18 credits):

SOW 5240 Advanced Interventions in Child Maltreatment 3
SOW 5241 Advanced Child Welfare Policy and Practice 3
SOW 6533 Field Practicum II (in a Child Welfare agency) 3
SOW 6534 Field Practicum III (in a Child Welfare agency) 6
SOW 6425 Clinical Assessment and Intervention Planning 3

 

Application

  • Applicants must satisfy all minimum requirements as specified by the University Graduate School for admission into Graduate Programs. This program is open to degree-seeking students only.
  • Applicants must submit a Graduate Certificate Program Application, which must be reviewed and approved by the School of Social Work.

                For additional information/approval, please contact Kelly Sydnor, Student Services Coordinator,

                at 305-348-5841 or ksydnor@fiu.edu.

 

Graduate Certificate in Addictions (MSW only)

Graduate Certificate in Addictions (MSW Only) 

This 30-credit graduate certificate provides specialized advanced clinical training for social work students interested in working in the addictions field. It meets all the classroom educational requirements laid out by the State of Florida for certification through the Florida Certification Board. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only.

Course Requirements (30 Credits Total):

SOW 5105 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I or BSSW equivalent 3
SOW 6125 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II – Psychopathology 3
SOW 5324 Theory and Practice with Groups or BSSW equivalent 3
SOW 5342 Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families or BSSW equivalent 3
SOW 5629 Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations or BSSW equivalent 3
SOW 6351 Clinical Intervention in Couple and Family Social Work Practice 3
SOW 6435 Evaluating Empirically Based Social Work Practice 3
SOW 5710 Current Issues in Addiction Practices 3
SOW 6114C Assessment & Treatment of Addiction & Related Problems 3
SOW 6711 Prevention of Addiction & Related Problems 3

 

Application

  • Applicants must satisfy all minimum requirements as specified by the University Graduate School for admission into Graduate Programs. This program is open to degree-seeking students only.
  • Applicants must submit a Graduate Certificate Program Application, which must be reviewed and approved by the School of Social Work.

                For additional information/approval, please contact Kelly Sydnor, Student Services Coordinator, at 305-348-5841 or ksydnor@fiu.edu.

 

Post-MSW Certificate in Clinical Practice

Post-MSW Certificate in Clinical Practice

This certificate program is designed for MSW practitioners who specialized in macro/administrative or generalist practice and wish to increase their knowledge and skills in direct services/clinical practice. In most cases, MSW practitioners completing this certificate will have the requisite MSW coursework for clinical licensure in the state of Florida.

Course Requirements:

SOW 6125 Human Behavior and Social Environment II – Psychopathology 3
SOW 6351 Clinical Intervention in Couple and Family Social Work Practice 3
SOW 6425 Clinical Assessment and Intervention Planning 3
SOW 6533 Field Practicum II 3
SOW 6534 Field Practicum III 6

 

Admissions

  • Applicants must satisfy all minimum requirements as specified by the University Graduate School for admission into Graduate Programs. In addition, the applicant must have earned a Master’s of Social Work degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicants must submit a Graduate Certificate Program Application, which must be reviewed and approved by the School of Social Work.