The social work major is a 63-hour professional degree that competently prepares students for entry level practice in professional social work or to enter graduate social work education. It is strongly focused on social work values, skills, and knowledge with emphasis on social justice and diversity. It does not require a minor to satisfy university graduation policy. The social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and, upon graduation from the program, affords the student advanced standing in numerous social work graduate programs throughout the U.S.

The faculty are student-focused with considerable experience in both practice and social work education. Students choosing the major can expect to receive considerable personal mentoring and guidance by faculty.

Mission Statement of the Social Work Program

The Mission of the Southeast Missouri State University Social Work Program is to prepare its graduates to engage in competent, evidenced-based generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities largely in the rural environment; reflecting the values of economic and social justice, human diversity, the dignity and worth of the person, human rights, integrity, the importance of human relationships, and service.

Purpose Statement of the Social Work Program

The purpose of the Social Work Program at Southeast Missouri State University is to improve society's well-being by creating a more humane and just society. The Social Work Program has a dedicated emphasis on providing services and professional social work practitioners for the underserved and vulnerable populations and communities of the Southeast Missouri region.

The Southeast Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Social Work Program uses a competency-based approach to education. Competency-based education focuses on desired learning outcomes (competencies) in a variety of skill, value and knowledge areas directly associated with competent generalist social work practice. More specifically, the Social Work Program's curriculum is organized around nine core competencies and their requisite set of practice behaviors. 

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency. 

The nine Social Work Competencies are listed below. Each competency describes the knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes that comprise the competency at the generalist level of practice. 

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 
  4. Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 
  5. Engage in Policy Practice 
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

Accreditation Data

Spring 2021 Report

Fall 2020 Report 

Spring 2020
N=22, 3 pt scale
Competency:  Competency Benchmark  Percentage of Field Students Achieving Benchmark Main Campus, Face-to-Face 
1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior  90%  95% 
2. Engage diversity and difference in practice  90%  100% 
3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice  90%  100% 
4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice  90%  86% 
5. Engage in policy practice  90%  100% 
6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  100% 
7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  95% 
8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities  90%  100% 
9. Evaluate practice with individuals, groups, organizations and communities  90%  95% 
Any additional competency(ies) developed by the program  - -

 

Fall 2019
N=16, 3 pt scale
Competency:  Competency Benchmark  Percentage of Field Students Achieving Benchmark Main Campus, Face-to-Face 
1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior  90%  100% 
2. Engage diversity and difference in practice  90%  100% 
3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice  90%  100% 
4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice  90%  100% 
5. Engage in policy practice  90%  100% 
6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  100% 
7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  100% 
8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities  90%  100% 
9. Evaluate practice with individuals, groups, organizations and communities  90%  100% 
Any additional competency(ies) developed by the program  - -

 

Spring 2019
N=22, 3 pt scale
Competency:  Competency Benchmark  Cohort Portfolio Score Cohort Field Score Combined Score  Percentage of Field Students Achieving Benchmark 
1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior  90%  2.84 3.00 2.92 100%
2. Engage diversity and difference in practice  90%  2.91  3.00 2.96 100%
3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice  90%  2.94 3.00 2.97 100%
4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice  90%  2.87 2.94 2.91 100%
5. Engage in policy practice  90%  2.69 3.00 2.85 100%
6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.90  3.00 2.95 100%
7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.86 3.00 2.93 100%
8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities  90%  2.90 3.00 2.95 100%
9. Evaluate practice with individuals, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.93 3.00 2.97 100%

 

FAll 2018
N=13, 3 pt scale
Competency:  Competency Benchmark  Cohort Portfolio Score Cohort Field Score Combined Score  Percentage of Field Students Achieving Benchmark 
1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior  90%  2.88 2.97 2.93 92%
2. Engage diversity and difference in practice  90%  2.90 2.96 2.93 92%
3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice  90%  2.88 2.96 2.92 100%
4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice  90%  2.93 2.94 2.94 92%
5. Engage in policy practice  90%  2.90 2.96 2.93 92%
6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.94 2.96 2.95 100%
7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.87 2.96 2.92 92%
8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities  90%  2.93 2.96 2.95 92%
9. Evaluate practice with individuals, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.90 2.96 2.93 92%

 

Spring 2018
N=21, 3 pt scale
Competency:  Competency Benchmark  Cohort Portfolio Score Cohort Field Score Combined Score  Percentage of Field Students Achieving Benchmark 
1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior  90%  2.85 3.00 2.93 100%
2. Engage diversity and difference in practice  90%  2.86 3.00 2.93 100%
3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice  90%  2.92 2.98 2.95 100%
4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice  90%  2.91 3.00 2.96 100%
5. Engage in policy practice  90%  2.82 2.99 2.91 100%
6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.78  3.00 2.89 100%
7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.88 3.00 2.94 100%
8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities  90%  2.95 3.00 2.98 100%
9. Evaluate practice with individuals, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.94 3.00 2.97 100%

 

Fall 2017
N=11, 3 pt scale
Competency:  Competency Benchmark  Cohort Portfolio Score Cohort Field Score Combined Score  Percentage of Field Students Achieving Benchmark 
1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior  90%  2.89 2.92 2.91 91%
2. Engage diversity and difference in practice  90%  2.84 2.94 2.89 91%
3. Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice  90%  2.92 2.91 2.92 91%
4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice  90%  2.97 2.88 2.93 91%
5. Engage in policy practice  90%  2.66 2.91 2.79 91%
6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.85  2.95 2.90 100%
7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.87 2.95 2.91 91%
8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities  90%  2.92 2.96 2.94 100%
9. Evaluate practice with individuals, groups, organizations and communities  90%  2.91 2.82 2.87 82%

 

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