School of Social Work

School Social Work Certification


General Information

The School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University is authorized by the State Board of Education in Michigan to provide training and make recommendations concerning practitioner certification for school social work as provided in the Administrative Rules for School of Social Work (Rule 340.1013) for the Michigan Department of Education.

All students seeking certification for school social work are required to follow the approved curriculum (listed below) and must take SW 664: Social Work Practice in Schools.  This course is in addition to the 60 credit hours required for the MSW Degree.  Students should consult with the GVSU School Social Work Advisor, Dr. Elaine Schott, to ensure they are in compliance with the approved curriculum.

Curriculum Requirements for School Social Work Certification:

  • SW 612: Social Policy: Families and Children
  • SW 672: Social Work Practice with Groups
  • SW 674: Social Work Practice with Families and Children
  • SW 660: Grant-writing and Resource Development
  • SW 678: Human Service Administration and Supervision
  • SW 662: Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice
  • SW 670: Social Work Practice with Individuals


Prerequisites to the courses mentioned above require successful completion of the program's core courses which are: SW 600, SW 601(if required), SW 603 and SW 620.

Field placement internships for those who seek school of social work certification must be completed in a venue that serves families and children and/or in a K-12 school setting.

Upon graduation and successful completion of the required coursework and SW 664, verification that requirements have been met for temporary approval as a school social worker will be provided when/if requested from the School Social Work Advisor.

Temporary Approval is valid for five years from the date all requirements have been met.

For additional information:

Dr. Elaine R. Schott, LMSW
School Social Work Advisor
School of Social Work
Grand Valley State University
401 W. Fulton St. Suite 389C
Grand Rapids, MI  49504
schotte@gvsu.edu
616.331.6555

Page last modified August 15, 2011