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Science & Math
Prepare K-12 teacher education candidates in the content and practice of science as well as the principles and best practices of imaginative science education. This goal will be met by implementing several American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recommendations regarding the preparation of prospective science teachers.

Social Justice (4)

Social Justice
Social justice education is important. The Master’s Program in Social Justice flows from the mission of Marygrove College. The program is ideal for those interested in learning and promoting social justice/change. It provides for analysis and reflection in the ways of thinking, the values, assumptions, and the actions that maintain the economic, political, and cultural structures that shape our lives. It also seeks to build competencies and skills to transform these structures toward a more just society. In addition, this program seeks to create an internal culture of justice among the candidates.

Special Education (2)

Special Education
The Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Special Education with Concentration in Learning Disabilities prepares K-12 teachers for leading effective differentiated instruction for students with learning disabilities.

Sacred Music (2)

Sacred Music
Sacred Music program is offered through the Music Department. For additonal information, please see the Music Department's page.

Social Studies (3)

Social Studies
The social studies group major is designed for any student who plans to teach social studies at the elementary or secondary level. The social studies major meets the requirements of the State of Michigan social studies endorsement (RX) and is in compliance with the No Child Left Behind federal legislation.

Social Work (9)

Social Work
The mission of the Social Work Program at Marygrove College is to educate highly competent, compassionate, committed and ethical bachelor level social workers who are known by their ability to right social wrongs through empowerment of themselves and others. The motto that the Social Work Program places before our students is: “Be prepared to get involved!”

Social Science (4)

Social Science
Like many students, you may find it difficult to select a single discipline for a major. Therefore, a major in social science may suit you best. You will be part of an interdisciplinary program, which examines society’s institutions – their structures, theoretical foundations, evaluation, and interrelation – and how they affect and are affected by human behavior.

Sociology (4)

Sociology is a field committed to understanding human social life. It prepares students to become thoughtful and engaged citizens in our ever-changing world. The study of Sociology develops an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of human experience as well as promoting social justice.

Spanish (5)

You will be interested in a Spanish minor if you want to teach or work in a multicultural environment. A Spanish minor can also prepare you for graduate school in many fields.

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SJ 525 Special Topics : The Theology of Resistance

Does your faith inform your civic participation?
Do your values compel you to act, but you don’t know how?
Do you wonder what the role of the faithful is in reforming our society?

In this era of domination, illegitimate authority, social violence, and spiritual disempowerment, faith traditions can provide a resource for resistance and reweaving human community.

Locally, Detroiters are ruled by various forms of “Emergency Management. What are people of faith called to do in this moment?


Accessing a variety of faith traditions, this course will help students develop their own theology of resistance. Pedagogically, this development will be focused by reading texts in diverse sites of struggle in the city, supplemented with common readings, contextual Detroit history, non-violence training, student initiated direct action, and common reflection on all.

SJ 525 Special Topics: The Theology of Resistance – a new course open to the community — offered by the Master of Social Justice — will be held every Thursday evening from 6-9pm, Fall Semester, 2012.

Enrollment Details: 

  • Audit the course (requires no degree): $320/credit (3 credit course); you will get no graduate credit for the course
  • If you have an undergraduate degree and want to take it for credit: enroll as a “special” student (you would get 3 graduate credits towards the Masters of Social Justice program and/or 3 graduate credits that you can transfer into another graduate program (if the graduate program allows credit transfer): $640/credit hour
  • If you are in Marygrove’s consortium (i.e., Madonna or UDM) and want to enroll for graduate credit: enroll as a “guest” student; $640/credit hour 

For further details about this class, contact Dr. Brenda Bryant at bbryant@marygrove.edu or Elena Herrada at eherrada@marygrove.edu.


To enroll for the course, please contact Emily Crisman at (313) 927-1367 or ecrisman8184@marygrove.edu.

Student Teacher Resources

Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers

Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers

Adopted MAY, 2008 By SBE

  1. Subject Matter Knowledge-Base in General & Liberal Education
  2. Instructional Design & Assessment
  3. Curricular & Pedagogical Knowledge Aligned with State Resources
  4. Effective Learning Environments
  5. Responsibilities & Relationships to the School, Classroom and Student
  6. Responsibilities & Relationships to the Greater Community
  7. Technology Operations & Concepts
Portfolio Informaiton Guidelines

What is a Portfolio?
A portfolio is a collection of a student’s work that illustrates, defines and documents the student’s development over time. The content may show the development in a particular area, such as reading, writing or understanding scientific concepts. Or the portfolio may be used to show development in several areas, such as reading and writing in the sciences.

There are two types of portfolios most commonly used: the process portfolio and the showcase portfolio. The process portfolio contains more artifacts; for instance, a student may include a number of samples of written work in their original draft as well as how these samples appeared at various stages of revision. Or it might contain many examples of responses to reading selections, lesson plans, etc. The process portfolio is more casual than that of the showcase portfolio.

Portfolio Contents
Philosophy Statement:

  • What you believe about teaching
  • What you know and believe about children
  • What is the role of schools in society


An evaluation of your lab experience and learning. How these have influence your decision to teach (or your decision to continue teaching)


Journal Reflections

Articles of Interest

Instructional Resources

Bibliography Reference: Costantino, Patricia M. & Marie N. DeLorenzo, DEVELOPING A PROFESSIONAL TEACHING PORTFOLIO, A Guide for Success, Allyn and Bacon, Boston, 2002

Student Teaching

Student Teaching Process
Joan Littman
Madame Cadillac Bldg., Rm. 220
Marygrove College
8425 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221-2599
Phone: 313.927.1454
Fax: 313.927.1414
Email: jlittman@marygrove.edu

Arrange for an appointment to return three (3) completed applications to:

Admission to Student Teaching - Summary of Steps
Admittance to the provisional certification program does not constitute admittance to a student teaching experience. Admission to student teaching is contingent upon satisfying the requirements outlined below.

  1. An overall grade point average of 2.7 or better in courses taken at Marygrove College
  2. Completion of all professional certification and teaching discipline courses except student teaching
  3. Passing scores on all required MTTC tests
  4. Recommendation by an academic department and the Education Unit
  5. Health record clearance from a physician within six months of student teaching
  6. Admission form for student teaching signed by the advisor and presented to the Director of Student Teaching
  7. Review and approval by the Education Unit

Admission to Student Teaching - Steps
Now that you have completed the required professional courses in the educational sequence, the major and minor coursework and passed the competency tests - you are ready to apply for a school placement to student teach. Review the Policy and Procedures form and sign to verify that you will have completed the necessary preparation to be eligible for the term for which you are applying.

1. Carefully complete the attached application. Be particularly attentive to editing your work as well as the text of your teaching narrative and philosophy statement, because the application packet may be presented to your cooperating/mentor teacher before you have had an opportunity to meet with her/him. Occasionally, the school district and/or principal request this information.

2. Include three (3) current character reference letters from professional experiences and volunteer or youth related services, dated and on letterhead stationery.

3. Attach separate documentation of a TB test result (within the past 6 months).

4. Include a verification of time spent as an uncertified teacher, the level and/or discipline of your experience. The school district(s) may forward the information to my attention.

5. Verification of coursework (official transcripts) and MTTC testing results must be on file with the Griot, Sage, or certification office before the student teaching placement is confirmed.

6. Return three (3) copies of the completed application

7. Notification of your student teaching placement from the Marygrove College Director of Student Teaching (MC 220) is your approval to request a signature to register for Student Teaching. Undergraduate and post degree students register for EDU 499 (10 hours). Graduate Griot students register for EDU 699-OIG (10 hours). Graduate Sage students register for EDU 699-01S (10 hours).

The Director of Student Teaching is responsible for the arrangement and placement of teacher candidates in the schools. Students are asked not to confer with school districts; such placements cannot be honored. You will be notified when the placement IS official.

Student teaching is a full-time commitment. It includes five (5) full days a week. Marygrove College recommends that you neither take academic course work while student teaching nor that you have other work commitments that detract from the full-time service to a student teaching experience. Know that student teaching requires extensive amounts of preparation time.

You will be responsible for a student teaching seminar at Marygrove College every other Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. beginning the first week of classes.

Current Student Teaching Application
Please contact student teaching secretary, Eugenia Willis, at ewills@marygrove.edu for a current student teaching application.

Teacher Recertification

18 Hour Recertification
Certified teachers are eligible for renewal and Professional Certification after completion of classes in an 18-hour planned program of study with one teacher preparation institution, along with completion of three years of successful teaching, following the date the provisional teaching certificate was issued. Students holding or working on an appropriate master’s degree may apply the first 18 hours of their degree program toward this. Non-degree students who wish to be recommended by Marygrove for renewal and then Professional Certification may enroll in the 18-hour Reading & Literacy Education Program or develop an 18-credit-hour planned program with the Teacher Certification Officer. This individually designed program may reflect classes taken to add a teaching endorsement or distance-learning graduate classes designed to enhance your teaching skills.

Note that a maximum of 6 credits of appropriate course work completed at another accredited college or university may be accepted as part of the 18-hour planned program.

Download the attached documents for further details on re-certification and the individually designed 18-hour planned program of study.

>> Individual 18 Hour Form (.pdf)

Reading & Literacy Education
Dr. C. Okezie, Chair, Education Department

Core Courses:

  • EDU 530 (3) Technology in the Classroom
  • RDG 559 (3) Literature Based Approached to Reading Instruction
  • RDG 567 (3) The Writing Process in Literacy Development
  • EDU 524 (3) Principles of Classroom Management

12 Credits

Select 6 credits from:

  • EDU 537 (3) Curriculum Theory & Development
  • EDU 594 (3) Learning Differences: Multiple Intelligences
  • EDT 640 (3) Technology for Teachers

6 Selected Credits

See course listings under Professional Development for Teachers (link to professional development for teachers (graduate)/course listings (grey bar) for additional electives. Three (3) credits are accepted upon approval of program advisor.

>> Recertification Documents (pdf)
Forms to obtain provisional and professional teaching certificates.

>> Certificate Renewals
Link to Michigan Department of Education explanation of teaching certificates.

Sacred Music Certificate

The certificate program in sacred music at Marygrove College is designed to offer training which will prepare the candidate for effective professional activity in the field of church music. Courses toward the certificate program may be elected for non-credit or credit. Auditions are required for admission to the program, since the curriculum is proficiency based.

Completion of requirements is contingent upon fulfilling specified proficiency levels. Persons with previous background may be able to waive courses where competency is demonstrated.

Courses required for the Certificate in Sacred Music include:

MUS 123                      3 cr.            Written Theory I
MUS 124                      3 cr.            Written Theory II
MUS 123A                    1 cr.            Ear Training I
MUS 124B                    1 cr.            Ear Training II
MUS 105                      3 cr.            Encounters with Music 
MUS 204/404               1 cr.            Foundations in Ringing
MUS 424                      3 cr.            Congregational Music of the Christian Church
MUS 399A                    3 cr.            Conducting I
MUS 399B                    3 cr.            Conducting II
MUS 350                      3 cr.            Choral Literature
MUS 410                      3 cr.            Hymn Playing/Anthem and Soloist Accompaniment

*Minimum 8 credits in Private Organ Lessons

**Minimum 4 credits in Private Voice Lessons

**3 credits in Religious Studies

Study beyond the above beginning courses will lead to intermediate and advanced levels, which are required for certification by the American Guild of Organists. Courses from the certificate program may be applied toward a Bachelor of Music degree. 

Sacred Music

Sacred Music program is offered through the Music Department. For additonal information, please see the Music Department's page.

Social Science Course Descriptions

PSY/SOC 496S Social Science Senior Seminar 3 hours

Psychology and Sociology Concentrations

Prerequisites: Social Science major; senior standing or

second semester junior; consultation with advisor;

permission of instructor; ENG 312; writing intensive course (PSY 360); Term: I

Broad topic applicable to all the social sciences is chosen by the group taking the course each semester with instructor approval. Each student must address the broad issue using general social science skills, but must also focus on a theme within the broad topic which relates to the specific area of concentration. Required written and oral presentations.

HIS/POL 496S Social Science Senior Seminar 3 hours

History and Political Science Concentrations

Prerequisites: Social Science major; senior standing or second semester junior; consultation with advisor; permission of instructor; ENG 312; writing intensive course (either HIS 309, HIS 320, HIS 335, HIS 340, POL 203, POL/HIS 330); Term: 1

Senior research seminar for social science majors with history and political science concentrations.  In depth research and writing on a history or political science topic related to Detroit.


Spanish Minor

Required Courses

Students must complete each of the following courses with a grade of C or better.

SPA 250         Intermediate Spanish I**

SPA 251         Intermediate Spanish II**

SPA 350         Advanced Grammar & Composition  - online

SPA 332         Latin American Humanities ***        - online                    

SPA 354         Iberian History & Culture***            - online

SPA 351         Introduction to Hispanic Literature - online

**These courses are counted as electives toward Teacher Certification.

***SPA 332, SPA 354 and SPA 347 are mandatory for Teacher Certification.

Students must complete three additional credit hours, with a grade of C or better, from among the following courses:

SPA 310         Business Spanish- online

SPA 320         Conversational Spanish

SPA 401         Translation Workshop I- online

SPA 402         Translation Workshop II- online

SPA 403         Business Translation Workshop- online

SPA 488         Cooperative Field Experience

SPA 491         Independent Study- online

**Students seeking Teacher Certification are required to complete SPA 347 Methods in Foreign Language Teaching and Language Acquisition and an Oral Proficiency Interview before they take their state certification exam.


Social Justice Curriculum

Required Courses (33 credits)

SJ 500  Social Foundations (2)

SJ 510  Campaigns and Elections (2)

SJ 625  Leadership and Organizational  Development I (2)

SJ 635  Leadership and Organizational Development II (2)

SJ 520  Values in Society: Sources and Resources (2)

SJ 530  The Role of Psychology in Social Justice (2)

SJ 505  Economic Analysis of Structures: Globalism (2)

SJ 524  Environmental Justice (2)

SJ 620  Religion and Justice: Conflict and Congruence (2)

SJ 640  Organizing for Social Change (2)

SJ 630  Understanding through Empiricism (2)

SJ 645  The Media and Its Effects on Social Issues (2)

SJ 605  Justice in U.S. Economic Structures (2)

SJ 503  Human Rights and the Literature (2)

SJ 650  Reflection Seminar (2)

SJ 660  Master’s Project (3)

Electives (3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses.  SJ 525, when offered, can be taken in place of the practicum requirement.

SJ 655  Social Justice Practicum (3)

SJ 525  Special Topics (3)

Spanish Translator Certification

This is a five-course sequence that will provide you with training to translate from Spanish into English. You will also gain some familiarity with oral interpretation, and you will have the opportunity to complete an internship.

Required Courses

Students must complete each of the following courses with a grade of B or better.
SPA 400 Principles of Translation
SPA 401 Translation Workshop I
SPA 402 Translation Workshop II
SPA 403 Business Translation Workshop
SPA 488 Cooperative Field Experience

Social Work Course Descriptions

 SW 200                                         Special Topics 2 hours

  • SW 200A Special Topics: Working with Substance Abuse                                                                                                                
  • SW 200B Special Topics: Working with Children and Families
  • SW 200C Special Topics: Working with Mental Illness                                                                                                                                       
  • SW 200D Special Topics: Working with Health Care
  • SW 200E Special Topics: Working with Diversity
  • SW 200F Special Topics: Working with Spanish Speaking Individuals and Communities
  • SW 200G Special Topics: Working with LGBT Individuals and Communities

Recommended Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205; Term: 1, 2, 3

Course addresses specific practice areas, populations and/or issues in order to provide an opportunity to delve more deeply into specialized topics that are not fully addressed in other courses. Offered on a rotating basis according to special interests and needs of students.

SW 237                                              Physical Aspects of Aging 2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 2

This course relates the concepts of biology to aging. Topics covered include physical theories of aging, cellular aging and the effects of aging on specific human systems. Discussion of diseases associated with aging will be covered.

SW 268                                              Child Welfare Policies and Services 2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 2, 3

Examination of major social policies and services addressing the needs and problems of America’s children and their well being. Focus is placed on child-care issues, out-of-home placement and adoption policies, kinship placement, continuum of care and permanency issues, family policies, children’s health needs and services, child protection laws, juvenile diversion and court services, and culturally specific policies and programs.

SW 299                                              Pre-professional Practicum 1-6 hours
Must be arranged through the Social Work Certificate Director.

Experience in a social work setting such as gerontology, child welfare, mental health. Students are involved in supervised observation and participation in direct practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations and/or communities, or in indirect practice with macro systems targeted for change.  May be repeated for a maximum total of six credits.  Each credit hour equals 40 clock hours of agency work.

SW 306                                              Ethnic and Racial Diversity 3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term:1, 2, 3

Analysis of the social, economic, and political aspects of ethnic/racial relations in the US. Effects of diversity on various ethnic and racial groups.

SW 312                                              Introduction to Social Work 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205, ENG 108; Term: 1, 2

Survey of the social work profession—its past and present role within the social welfare institution and the field of human services. Exploration of the nature of social work—its focus, purpose, various tasks, range of practice settings, levels of practice, as well as the base of knowledge, values, and skills for responding to human needs/problems and diverse client populations. Focuses attention on generalist social work practice—with identification of social casework, group-work, community organization and other specializations. Stresses self-assessment of aptitude for social work and explores career opportunities.

SW 312L                                           Introduction to Social Work Laboratory 1 hour
Prerequisite/Corequisite: SW 312; Term: 1, 2, 3         

Supervised volunteer experience in a local social service agency or a field setting where social work is practiced. These include child welfare, gerontology, public welfare, family services, medical and health care, mental health and community services, corrections, schools and others. Participation in and observation of the work day of so­cial workers engaged in direct practice with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and/or communities and/or those involved in indirect social work practice with macro systems targeted for change. May be repeated for a maximum of three credits. Each credit hour equals 40 clock hours of agency work. First experience must be successfully completed before next experience will be allowed. Each credit hour experience explores social work activity with a system of a different size as well as a different field of, or setting for, social work practice.

SW 314                                              Social Welfare Policy 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205; Recommended Pre/Corequisite: ECN 200 or ECN 202; Term: 1, 2

Examination of social welfare as an institution and the socio-economic and political forces that shape social welfare policy throughout history. Emphasis is on the changing conceptions of social welfare, the organizations of existing social welfare programs, and their impact on oppressed and vulnerable client systems. Also considered are the development and implementation of social welfare policy and the evaluation of social welfare responses to human needs according to principles of social justice. Alternative systems are explored.

SW 325                                              Professional Communication with Individuals and Groups 4 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202, PSY 205, ENG 108; Pre/Corequisite: SW 312; Term: 1, 2

Laboratory and didactic course emphasizing the development of interactional skills. Focus is on communications skills with individuals, families and groups. Confidentiality and accountability are emphasized. Special emphasis is given to working with diverse client populations. Lab experiences will include group membership, role plays, videotaping of interviews, computerized exercises, critiques of techniques and styles of interacting with others.

SW 340                                              Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3 hours
Prerequisites: PHL 126 or PHL 225, PSY 240, PSY 346 or SW 410, SW 312; ENG 312; Pre/Corequisite: BIO 139 or BIO 201 or BIO 257; Term: 2, 3 Writing Intensive Course

Integrative study of the biological, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual components of human individuality based upon social systems theory. Examination of reciprocal interaction between human behavior and the social environment throughout the life cycle of diverse client systems. Focus on effects of oppression upon groups and individuals. Emphasis upon respect for diversity in systems’ values, needs and goals, especially in relation to social work practice.

SW 345                                              Sociology of the Family 3 hours
Prerequisite: SOC 201 or 202; Term: 1, 2

Analyzes the family including marriage and kinship relationships, as both a social institution and a network of small group interactions. Sociological theories will be investigated as well as empirical research.

SW 350                                              Social Work Practice I 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, PSY 240, SOC 306 or 307, SOC 345 or SW 200B, SW 312, SW 325; Pre/corequisites: SW 340; SW majors of­ficially accepted into the program only; must be taken within 6 months of beginning SW 455; Term: 2,3

A systems frame of reference for generalist social work practice is applied in the problem-solving process with individuals, groups, families, communities and organizations.  Emphasis is on the value base of practice and the development of relationships with persons of diverse and oppressed groups.  Focus on analytical and interactional skills, interviewing, data collection, problem identification and assessment, especially as related to the beginning and middle phases of the change process.  Micro systems practice is emphasized.  As a result of assessment, at the end of SW 350, if necessary, you may be required to do a pre-practicum in order to demonstrate your aptitude and skills for Social Work. SW 350 must be re-taken if student is not in a field placement within 6 months of com­pleting the course.

SW 355                                              Social Research 4 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 099, PSY 205, SOC 201 or 202; Pre/Corequisite: ENG 312; Term: 1, 2

Provides a beginning understanding and appreciation of social research. Emphasizes the use and production of research for improving one’s effectiveness as a generalist social work practitioner or social science professional. Students become familiar with different social research approaches, using both quantitative and qualitative data. Includes a series of experiential exercises that lead students step-by-step through the research process: deciding and developing a research question, specify­ing sampling strategy, selecting or developing appropriate measures, planning and carrying out a data collection, analyzing data, and writing a research paper. Emphasizes important ethical and human diversity issues raised throughout the research process.

SW 365                                              Research and Statistics for Social Workers 4 hours
Prerequisite: MTH 100, SW 355; Term 1, 2

Provides the opportunity to build on the basic knowledge and skills gained in Social Research (SW 355), combin­ing theoretical and experiential learning.  Emphasis is placed on the types of research used most frequently by social workers within an agency setting:  needs assessment, practice evaluation, and program evaluation.  Use of basic descriptive and inferential statistics in the context of the overall research process is taught. Students also learn how to effectively evaluate research studies. Important ethi­cal and human diversity issues are also addressed throughout the course.

SW 378                                              Policy and Services for Older Persons 2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1

Examination of major social policies and services addressing the problems and needs of older persons.  Particular attention is given to retirement policies, senior housing, long-term care issues, health care issues and special social services for the aging.

SW 385                                              Community and Organizational Change 3 hours
Prerequisites: SOC 201 or 202; Pre/Corequisite: SOC 306; Recommended Pre/Corequisite: ECN 200 or ECN 202; Term: 1,2

Analysis of communities and organizations as social systems, including examination of critical problems. Also examines intervention, change strategies, and skills that appear to be effective and how they can be applied. A service learning component may be included.

SW 410                                               Working with Older Adults 2 hours
Prerequisite: None. Term: 1,3

Development of analytical and interactional skills needed in working with older adults. Understanding of agencies which provide services to older persons. Themes such as generativity and creativity, intergenerational relationships, minorities and human diversity, separation and loss, and continuum of care will be the backdrop for discussion of service deliveries. Emphasis is placed on development of students’ awareness of personal attitudes, feelings and values in working with elders.

SW 440                                              Human Behavior and Social Environment II 2 hours
Prerequisites: ECN 200 or ECN 202, SW 314, SW 340; Pre/Corequisite: POL 385; Term: 2, 3

Second of two courses with a person-in-environment focus. A socio-cultural perspective on human functioning and dysfunction within groups, organizations, communities and government. Examines human diversity in macro systems’ values, policies and goals, and relates this knowledge to social work practice.

SW 450                                              Social Work Practice II 4 hours
Prerequisites: SW majors only; SW 350; Corequisite: SW 455; Term: 1

The problem-solving process is further developed through examining specific systems – individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Utilizing a client-system based approach, students assess and evaluate theoretical intervention models. Focus is on the middle and ending phases of the change process, as well as on ethical practice dilemmas. Macro system practice is emphasized.  If a student has not completed the entire field practicum, SW 455, within 12 months of completing SW 450, then SW 450 must be retaken.

SW 455                                              Field Practicum 3-9 hours
Prerequisites: SW majors only; officially admitted to Field Education Program; SW 350; concurrent with SW 450,

Term: 1, 2, 3

Practical application of social work knowledge, values and skills in educationally planned and professionally guided agency service activities (minimum 450 clock hours must be completed in agency work). Students are engaged in direct and/or indirect delivery of social services to individuals, families, groups, organizations and/or communities, generally two-three days per week.  Includes weekly seminar class.  Students take the course two semesters, usually Fall and Winter terms, 6 credits each term, for a total of 12 credit hours.  A student must be graduating in December, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher in order to be approved to complete a Block placement.  The Block field practicum is taken in the Summer term for 3 credits and Fall term for 9 credits. (See earlier sections entitled, “Admission to Field Education Program” and “Field Practicum - Block Placement Model” for complete information regarding admission to field education and approval procedure for Block Placement model.)  Students must successfully complete SW 450 with a grade of C or higher to continue in the practicum and be eligible for graduation with the BSW degree.  A student must complete the number of practicum hours required for the first semester of placement (225 hours) by the end of the week before classes begin for the second semester of placement.  If the required hours are not completed by that time, the student will not be allowed to continue in the field practicum for the second semester.  If all required field practicum hours (450 hours) have not been completed by the end of the second semester of placement, a student’s graduation will be delayed one semester at minimum.  If a student has not completed the entire field practicum within 12 months of completing SW 450, then SW 450 must be retaken. The Field Director reserves the right to delay the start of, interrupt and/or terminate the field practicum experience.

SW 491                                             Independent Study 1-6 hours
Prerequisites: SW majors only, senior standing or permission of instructor

Advanced research and presentation of critically evaluated data.

SW 496                                               Social Issues and Policies: Senior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: SW 314, POL 385, ENG 312; social work major or permission of instructor, senior standing; must be taken the winter term prior to graduation; Term: 2

Intensive analysis of social welfare policy.  Special emphasis on the relationship of policy with social work practice, and the effects of policy on oppressed and vulnerable populations.

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