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MSW Degree Program


THE MID-TENNESSEE COLLABORATIVE MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (MTC-MSW) PROGRAM

The Mid-Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work Program brings together three institutions of higher education in Tennessee who collaboratively offer the MSW degree.  The universities are:  Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University.  This is one program that has three locations.  The program is designed for the working professional with on-campus courses offered in the evening and the remaining classes offered online.

The Master of Social Work Program began in Fall 2009 with the admission of students to the full 60 hour program.  Admission for advanced standing students started in Fall 2010.  Eligible for advanced standing are those students who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE accredited program and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

As there are three locations, the student must first determine their home campus.  The home campus is where students apply for admission, take their on-campus courses, enroll each semester, and pay tuition.  Although the students have a home campus, they also have classmates on the other two campuses.  When students are enrolled in online courses, they will be interacting with students from all three locations.  Registration for MSW courses requires permission of the department.

ACCREDITATION

The Council on Social Work Education is the accrediting body for Social Work.  It is important that your degree be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, as this accreditation of your degree is one requirement for licensure as a social worker.  The Mid-Tennessee Collaborative MSW Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

THE MISSION

The mission of the Mid-Tennessee Collaborative MSW Program is dedicated to the enhancement of human well-being, diversity, and social justice through developing and improving systems of public social services, especially for children and families, by offering graduate training in Social Work with a hybrid model of delivery.  The mission of the program reflects the dominant values of the social work profession and is dedicated to serving the needs of the region, preparing social workers with an Advanced Generalist practice orientation suited to the social context, and reflecting the values and skills of the profession.

ADVANCED GENERALIST

The concentration curriculum (30 credit hours) of the Mid-Tennessee Collaborative MSW Program prepares students for Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice.  The advanced generalist concentration curriculum builds on the knowledge, values, skills, and roles mastered at the foundation level.  The concentration requires that students have greater theoretical and methodological sophistication.  It requires them to be able to work in a wider selection of practitioner roles.  It requires the ability to integrate research into advanced practice, add greater depth to the provision of services, and provide the skills to function as administrators, supervisors, policy analysts, and social planners.  The concentration curriculum encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, public-private partnerships, and enhances the student's skill to address issues of economic and social justice with oppressed populations.

A frequently asked question is:  How does the concentration of Advanced Generalist impact the jobs for which I am eligible?  The concentration provides a specialty area for the student.  A clinical or direct practice concentration prepares students for clinical or direct service work with clients.  An administrative concentration prepares students to provide indirect services.  The advanced generalist concentration prepares students to work with both direct and indirect services.  However, some students may wish to use their electives to provide needed background for their preferred employment.  For those students who expect to be employed in clinical work, we recommend that clinicial electives be selected by the student.  For those students who expect to be employed in administrative work, we recommend that administrative electives be selected by the students.  In addition, the final internship should be in the area in which the student expects to work.

THE INTERNSHIPS

The Foundation internship is 400 hours and can be completed in a Spring semester block or can be spread over both the Spring and Summer semesters.  This first practicum experience provides experiential learning of generalist social work practice in selected human service agencies.

The Concentration internship is 500 hours and can be completed in a Spring semester block or can be spread over both the Spring and Summer semesters.  This practicum experience provides the student with an individualized, educationally focused experience in advanced generalist social work practice.

Employment based internships for those students already employed in a social work setting are encouraged, as long as a new learning experience can be provided to the student.  Guidelines for employment based internships can be found in the Field Education Manual.

Internships area a joint decision by the student and the MSW field director at the home campus.  Students need to discuss their preferences with the field director.  Final agency placement is authorized by the field director.

FOUNDATION COURSES:

SW 6000 MSW Practice I (3 hours)
A social work methods course designed to enable the student to understand and apply social work methods within the context of the generalist perspective with individuals and families.

SW 6010 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 hours)
An introduction to the theories and knowledge of the human bio-psycho-social development including theories and knowledge about the range of social systems in which individuals live (families, groups, organizations, agencies, and communities). (online delivery)

SW 6020 Research I (3 hours)
This is a basic research and statistical methods course, utilitizing research in general inquiry and practice evaluation in social work with the generalist perspective.

SW 6030 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3 hours
The historical development, philosophical orientation, and analysis of US social welfare policy and services including the global context. (online delivery)

SW 6100 MSW Practice II (3 hours)
A social work methods course designed to enable the student to understand and apply social work methods within the context of the generalist perspective with groups, agencies, and communities.  Prerequisites:  SW 6000 MSW Practice I and SW 6010 HBSE

SW 6110 Social Justice & Equity for Multicultural Populations ( 3 hours)
An overview of the professional commitment of social work to oppressed peoples.  Prerequisite: SW 6010 HBSE (online delivery)

SW 6120 Research II (3 hours)
An advanced discussion of program evaluation strategies and single system design issues.  The student will conduct a research project.  Prerequisite: SW 6020 Research I

SW 6130 Practicum IA (3 hours)
A 200 hour field practicum experience within the generalist perspective.  May be taken concurrently with SW 6140 Practicum IB.  Prerequisites: SW 6000 MSW Practice I, SW 6010 HBSE, SW 6020 Research I, and SW 6030 Social Welfare Policy and Services

SW 6140 Practicum IB (3 hours)
A 200 hour field practicum experience within the generalist perspective.  May be taken concurrently with SW 6130 Practicum IA.  Prerequisites:  SW 6000 MSW Practice I, SW 6010 HBSE, SW 6020 Research I, SW 6030 Social Welfare Policy and Services

CONCENTRATION COURSES: (Students must have taken their Foundation courses or been admitted with Advanced Standing)

SW 6200 Advanced Practice with Individuals (3 hours)
Advanced practice with individuals including client system assessment, intervention, and evaluation.  Prerequisites:  SW 6130 Practicum IA and SW 6140 Practicum IB OR Advanced Standing admission

SW 6210 Advanced Practice with Families (3 hours)
Advanced practice with families including client system assessment, intervention, and evaluation.  Prerequisites:  SW 6130 Practicum IA and SW 6140 Practicum IB OR Advanced Standing admission

SW 6220 Advanced Group Practice (3 hours)
Advanced practice with groups including client system assessment, intervention, and evaluation.  Prerequisites:  SW 6130 Practicum IA and SW 6140 Practicum IB OR Advanced Standing admission

SW 6230 Advanced Macro Practice (3 hours)
Advanced practice with organizations and communities including system assessment, intervention, and evaluation.  Prerequisites:  SW 6130 Practicum IA and SW 6140 Practicum IB OR Advanced Standing admission

SW 6240 Social Policy Analysis (3 hours)
A study of the design, implementation, and analysis of social policies and their impact on social work practice.  Prerequisites:  SW 6130 Practicum IA and SW 6140 Practicum IB OR Advanced Standing admission (online delivery)

SW 6300 Empirical Social Work Practice (4 hours)
A seminar in the integration of theoretical perspectives and the application of research findings and empirical outcome evaluation techniques to advanced generalist social work practice.  Prerequisites:  SW 6200 Advanced Practice with Individuals, SW 6210 Advanced Practice with Families OR SW 6220 Advanced Group Practice, SW 6230 Advanced Macro Practice, and SW 6240 Social Policy Analysis

SW 6310 Practicum IIA (4 hours)
A 250 hour field practicum experience.  May be taken concurrently with SW 6320 Practicum IIB.  Prerequisites:  SW 6200 Advanced Practice with Individuals, SW 6210 Advanced Practice with Families OR SW 6220 Advanced Group Practice, SW 6230 Advanced Macro Practice, and SW 6240 Social Policy Analysis

SW 6320 Practicum IIB (4 hours)
A 250 hour field practicum experience.  May be taken concurrently with SW 6310 Practicum IIA.  Prerequisites:  SW 6200 Advanced Practice with Individuals, SW 6210 Advanced Practice with Families OR SW 6220 Advanced Group Practice, SW 6230 Advanced Macro Practice, and SW 6240 Social Policy Analysis

ELECTIVE COURSES

SW 5000 Special Topics (3 hours)
Special topics in social work and social welfare.  May be repeated for a maximum of 15 hours. (online delivery)

SW 6400 Independent Study (3 hours)
Independent study allows a student to develop more fully an area of his or her particular interest.  Topics for intensive study are chosen in joint consultation between the student and the instructor.

SW 6410 Aging: Issues and Controversies (3 hours)
This course examines the biological, psychological, and social issues affecting older adults.  The field of gerontology is explored with special attention to current controversies in health care, independence, and social status with application of ethical theories to these problems.  Special attention is given to the impacts on the family of caregiving, alternative living arrangements, cognitive and physical decline, and other aging issues. (online delivery)

SW 6420 Adult Mental Health (3 hours)
The course prepares students for advanced generalist practice by integrating foundation level knowledge of policy, research, HBSE and practice with substantive knowledge from the field of mental health.  Students will learn the basics of DSM-IV-TR diagnosis, biopsychosocial assessment, and treatment planning.  They will be exposed to the skills necessary to conduct strengths and competency-based assessments and interventions. (online delivery)

SW 6430 Children's Mental Health (3 hours)
This course covers general theories about children's mental health, DSM diagnosis, and specific interventions in working with children with emotional disorders.  It prepares students for practice with children with emotional disorders, both within the mental health system and in related areas of child welfare practice. (online delivery)

SW 6440 Trauma and Recovery (3 hours)
This course covers general theories about trauma and recovery from it, and focuses on specific types of trauma such as intimate partner violence, sexual assault, war, elder abuse, and natural disasters.  It covers specific techniques for assisting clients with recovery from trauma. (online delivery)


FOLLOWING IS THE SEQUENCE OF COURSES FOR THE FULL TIME PROGRAM AND ALSO THE PART TIME PROGRAM: (Note that advanced standing students take only the concentration courses, with full time taking one academic year and part time taking two academic years.  This information is included on the chart below.)

FULL-TIME PROGRAM
MSW FOUNDATION, 30 SEMESTER HOURS
First Year:

Fall                                       Hours
SW 6000 MSW Practice I            3
SW 6010 HBSE (online)              3
SW 6020 Research I                   3
SW 6030 Policy (online)             3
SW 5000 Special Topics (online) 3

Total 15 hours

Spring                                    Hours
SW 6100 MSW Practice II            3
SW 6110 Social Justice (online)    3
SW 6120 Research II                   3
SW 6130 Practicum IA (200 hrs)   3
SW 6140 Practicum IB (200 hrs)   3

Total 15 hours

Summer                                 Hours
Optional
SW 5000 Special Topics (online)  3
Optional
SW 6140 Practicum IB (200 hrs)  3


Optional Total 6 hours

 

MSW CONCENTRATION IN ADVANCED GENERALIST PRACTICE, 30 SEMESTER HOURS
Second Year:

Fall                                          Hours
SW 6200 Advanced Practice           3
w/Individuals
SW 6210 Advanced Families OR   
SW 6220 Advanced Groups            3
SW 6240 Social Policy Analysis
       3
SW 6230 Advanced Macro Practice  3
SW 5000 Special Topics (online)      3

Total 15 hours

Spring                                      Hours
SW 6300 Empirical SW Practice     4
SW 5000 Special Topics (online)    3
SW 6310 Practicum IIA (250 hrs)  4
SW 6320 Practicum IB (250 hrs)   4

 

Total 15 hours

Summer                              Hours
Optional
SW 5000 Special Topics         3
(online)
Optional
SW 6320 Practicum IIB          4
(
200 hrs)


Optional Total 7 hours
FOR SUMMER GRADUATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART-TIME PROGRAM
MSW FOUNDATION, 30 SEMESTER HOURS 

Fall - First Year                        Hours
SW 6000 MSW Practice I             3
SW 6010 HBSE (online)              3

Total 6 hours

Spring - First Year                     Hours
SW 6100 MSW Practice II            3
SW 6110 Social Justice (online)    3

Total 6 hours

Summer - First Year                  Hours
SW 5000 Special Topics (online)  3


Total 3 hours

Fall - Second Year                      Hours
SW 6020 Research I                   3
SW 6030 Policy (online)             3

Total 6 hours

Spring - Second Year                   Hours
SW 6120 Research II                   3
SW 6130 Practicum IA (200 hrs)   3

Total 6 hours

Summer - Second Year               Hours
SW 6140 Practicum IB (200 hrs)  3

 
Total 3 hours

 

MSW CONCENTRATION IN ADVANCED GENERALIST PRACTICE, 30 SEMESTER HOURS

Fall - First Year                            Hours
SW 6200 Advanced Practice
w/Individuals
SW624

0 Social Policy Analysis
(online)

Total 6 hours

Spring - First Year                     Hours
SW 5000 Special Topics (online)  3
SW 5000 Special Topics (online)  3

Total 6 hours

Summer - First Year              Hours

Fall - Second Year                               Hours
SW 6210 Advanced Families OR
SW 6220 Advanced Groups               3
SW 6230 Advanced Macro Practice     3
Total 6 hours

Spring - Second Year                   Hours
SW 6300 Empirical SW Practice     4
SW 6310 Practicum IIA (250 hrs)  4

Total 8 hours

 

Summer - Second Year           Hours
SW 6320 Practicum IIB          4
(250 hrs) 

 
Total 4 hours
Part-Time Students are
Summer Graduates

  

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