Master of Social Work
The MSW Program at Illinois State seeks to prepare advanced family and child welfare practitioners who act as agents of social change who in turn will promote individual and societal well-being.
The School has identified broad MSW curricula goals. These curricula goals are grounded within a liberal arts foundation to ensure that students' practices are grounded in traditional values and theory and be current with the demands of the changing practice environment. The MSW curricula goals are derived from three sources: (1) the goals of Illinois State University, (2) the goals of the School of Social Work, and (3) the objectives of the MSW Program. In addition, and much more importantly, the MSW curricula goals are consistent with the purpose and structure of Master's level social work education as mandated by CSWE's Curriculum Policy Statement M5.1 through M5.4.5.
Thus, to these ends, the MSW Program at Illinois State will provide classroom and field opportunities that will prepare students to:
- Foster students' identification and conduct as professional social workers who engage in life-long professional development.
- Prepare students for strength-based, ethical advanced practice in agencies with diverse individuals and families across the life-span experiencing poverty, violence, mental illness, physical and developmental challenges, and substance abuse.
- Prepare students to provide leadership in advocating for social, organizational, economic, and policy change to advance human rights and create a more just society.
- Prepare students to build on foundation knowledge through critical thinking that integrates multiple sources of knowledge including theoretical and conceptual knowledge, practice wisdom, and knowledge generated through research to inform advanced best-practices.
- Prepare students to contribute to the professional knowledge base and provide accountability to clients and stakeholders by evaluating programs and practices for ethical and effective service delivery.