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MSW Program Director: Kota Takayama (email)
BSW Program Director: Hayley Stokar (email)
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The Master of Social Work Program at Gallaudet University prepares its graduates to become competent and
ethical professional social workers who are committed to social change, the promotion of societal
well-being, and commitment to the improvement of service delivery to deaf and hard of hearing
populations. The program emphasizes the cultural and linguistic competencies necessary to work
effectively with diverse deaf, hearing and hard of hearing populations and to become advocates and
leaders who challenge long standing social injustices faced by this population.
The program curriculum uses a generalist social work perspective and person-in-environment framework
which emphasizes the core values of the social work profession: service, human rights, social and
economic justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, and integrity and
competence in social work practice. The core competencies of the social work profession, including
scientific inquiry, are integral to the MSW curriculum, which emphasizes the strengths and capacities of
individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in a global society.
The Master of Social Work program at Gallaudet University prepares students for advanced social work
practice with deaf and hard of hearing populations. Graduates possess the knowledge and skills to enter
the profession as practitioners in various settings, such as schools, health care agencies, family and
child welfare agencies, mental health settings, disability organizations, corrections agencies,
organizations that provide services to senior citizens, etc. Graduates possess knowledge and skills in
areas of direct generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Graduates may practice in areas such as policy, research, program development, and agency and community
The MSW program consists of 61 credit hours of study. The foundation curriculum consists of courses in
eight core curriculum areas:
Foundation students attend a concurrent field practicum with courses, entering the field of practice for
two eight-hour days a week at an internship site. Students complete the first year of study with
approximately 500 hours of field practicum experience in addition to course and seminar credit.
The advanced curriculum concentration courses consist of advanced content in all of the curriculum areas.
Graduates expand and deepen knowledge and skills acquired during the foundation year and develop special
knowledge and skills needed for practice with deaf and hard of hearing populations. Students in the
advanced year have a full semester of courses in the fall semester and a full block placement in the
spring semester with two online courses. During the spring semester, students are placed in settings
that require advanced social work practice skills.
Students work at their internship sites for four eight-hour days, totaling thirty-two hours per week or
512 hours for the semester in addition to two online courses. At the completion of the second year of
study, students graduate with 12 credits of field practicum (approximately 1012 hours of field
practicum) and 50 course credits.
Students graduating from a baccalaureate program in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work
Education and who meet other eligibility requirements may qualify for Advanced Standing status. Students
who are eligible for Advanced Standing are generally not required to take SWK705: Human Behavior in the
Social Environment I (3) and SWK706: Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3), SWK741: Social
Work Practice I (3) and SWK742: Social Work Practice II (3), SWK744: Social Work Practice with Families
and Groups (2), SWK711: Social Policy and Social Services (3), SWK755: Qualitative Social Work Research
(3) and SWK756: Quantitative Social Work Research (3),: SWK771: Foundation Field Practicum I (4) and
SWK772: Foundation Field Practicum II (4) in the foundation curriculum equivalent to a two semester full
time load. Advanced standing students must achieve a pre-admission ASLPI score of 2 and submit a letter
of recommendation for advanced standing from their BSW Director of Field Education with their
The following courses are considered clinical course work, which in addition to your MSW, qualify you for
social work licensure examinations in states, which specify clinical course credit:
The following must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office by February 15:
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