Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

First Advisor

Joretha Bourjolly, Ph.D., MSW

Second Advisor

Jennifer Fulton, DSW, LCSW


The purpose of this dissertation is to create a first year, MSW-level course on school social work. It was assessed that there is a lack of school social work courses offered at local universities with accredited social work programs in addition to a consensus in the specialized school social work community that specific competencies are taught and mastered to social work students interested in working in a school. The conceptual framework used are the four governing bodies for school social workers in Pennsylvania: CSWE, NASW, PDE, SSWAA. A 14-week semester long course was developed, titled Foundations in School Social Work. Competencies, standards, and guidelines from the governing bodies are used to guide the course syllabus. The course syllabus consists of: course description, course objectives, grading and assignment descriptions, weekly topics, readings, and an annotated bibliography for the readings.

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Social Work Commons