Social Work Professional Certificate students will be able to

  • demonstrate their understanding of an effective, ethical and culturally competent social work practice that emphasizes the strengths of people, families, groups and communities;

  • demonstrate their gained knowledge of the social work field which emphasizes applied research and scholarship while positively impacting social work field practice and social policy; and

  • demonstrate their comprehension of person-centered, theory-driven, evidence-based and cultural enriched knowledge that supports and advocates for socially and economically vulnerable and oppressed people, groups, families and communities in a respectful manner while fostering human diversity and social justice perspectives.
     

Social Work Professional Certificate students can use this certificate

  • to advance their career in social work in the State of Wisconsin.

  • to apply toward social work concentration courses in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and Rehabilitation Services degrees.

  • as a professional development certificate to complement the Psychology, Applied Social Science (APSS), and Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation degrees.

  • to apply for the Wisconsin Social Worker Training Certificate which can lead the student to the Certificate of Social Worker with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Thus, this non-Bachelor of Social Work professional certificate can support students with earning Bachelor of Social Work-level certification with the state of Wisconsin.

UW-Stout’s five social work courses have been pre-approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. UW-Stout’s Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), Rehabilitation Services, Applied Social Science (APSS), Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation, and Psychology degrees have been pre-approved as “other human services degree” with the Department of Safety and Professional Services via the Social Worker Training Certificate.
 

Terms

  • Social Work Professional Certificate is UW-Stout’s academic certificate which includes the five main social work courses and a field-based internship, which can support a student applying for the Wisconsin Social Worker Training Certificate which can lead to the Certificate of Social Worker.

  • Social Worker Training Certificate is the state of Wisconsin certificate process. The Social Worker Training Certificate supports non-Bachelor of Social Work students with earning undergraduate-level certification of social worker, which is often required for social work positions with counties, corrections, hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools and so on. Once an applicant has obtainted the state’s Social Worker Training Certificate, they can then apply for the Certificate of Social Worker.

Social Work Courses

Undergraduate Programs

Students interested in the Social Work Professional Certificate should choose the major that fits the specific type of training and career they desire. The following UW-Stout programs are excellent choices for students considering a career in social work:

  »  B.S. in Applied Social Science

Students interested in having the flexibility to work in a variety of agencies serving different populations or who are interested a big-picture view of how society works should consider majoring in Applied Social Science (APSS). This program prepares students to work in a variety of settings and gives you extensive hands-on research methods training. Not only will you be certified to practice as a social worker who can work directly with all types of clients, you will have the skills to assess programs, carry out customer satisfaction surveys, analyze social science data to design better policies and programs, and write grants. These skills will make you very attractive to employers and enable you to move up in your career. Broad training in all the social science fields (sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, and history) will give you the tools to understand large-scale social processes and how individuals are shaped by social structures, culture, history and the economy. You will also gain extensive knowledge of issues related to diversity and be able to work with clients from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about the Applied Social Science program here.

  »  B.S. in Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation

Students interested in working with offenders in the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections would benefit from obtaining the Wisconsin Social Work Training Certificate. The program along with the Social Work courses would prepare students to work with offenders in social service roles within the correctional system at Maximum, Medium, or Minimum security settings. You will gain extensive knowledge of the issues related to offender needs and social justice, and be able to work with client from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about the Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation program here.
 

  »  B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)

Students interested in working in agencies that serve children, families, and individuals within the family context should consider majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Graduates stand out for their specialized knowledge of family systems and preparation to work with individuals and families throughout the lifespan. Students examine how individual, family and community are interrelated, and develop sensitivity to the needs of families and their members through the broad lenses of relationships, culture, gender, age, social class, and life stage. Graduates work in a variety of positions that include providing direct services, managing agencies, and developing and/or implementing new programs. 

A Wisconsin Social Work Training Certificate can assist HDFS graduates in obtaining entry-level positions that require a bachelor’s degree in social work. Such positions include, but are not limited to, adoption specialists and social work case managers. HDFS is an excellent foundation for students interested in obtaining their Masters in Social Work (MSW) and working in other states than Wisconsin. Learn more about the Human Development and Family Studies program here.

 

  »  B.S. in Psychology

Students interested in working in agencies that serve a variety of client populations should consider majoring in Psychology. The Psychology program offers a unique variety of courses applying psychology to areas such as counseling, health, and the legal system in addition to providing a foundation of knowledge about human behavior and mental processes. Further, students are immersed in numerous hands-on experiences through applied course projects, research, and field experiences. Psychology graduates are prepared to work directly with clients in individual and group settings, as well as engaging in the development and evaluation of programs. Graduates finish the program with a strong foundation in psychology, analytical thinking, and communication skills, which makes them attractive candidates for a wide variety of jobs and prepared to pursue graduate level training. Learn more about the Psychology program here.
 
A Wisconsin Social Work Training Certificate can assist Psychology graduates in obtaining entry-level positions that require a bachelor’s degree in social work. Such positions include, but are not limited to substance abuse counselors, case managers and community outreach workers.

 

  »  B.S. in Rehabilitation Services

Students interested in working in agencies that serve persons with disabilities and older adults should consider majoring in Rehabilitation Services (formerly Vocational Rehabilitation). The program prepares students to work with persons with disabilities and older adults in a variety of careers and you'll learn about the many types of services provided to these populations. The Rehabilitation Services program is dedicated to promoting your academic and career success, self-growth and leadership development.

A Wisconsin Social Work Training Certificate can assist Rehabilitation Services graduates in obtaining entry-level positions that require a bachelor’s degree in social work. Such positions include, but are not limited to, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Managed Care Organizations, Community Rehabilitation Programs, and other case management positions. Rehabilitation Services is an excellent foundation for students interested in obtaining their Masters in Social Work (MSW) and working in other states than Wisconsin. Learn more about the Rehabilitation Services program here.

 

Contact

Georgios Loizides
Program Coordinator

715-232-2461
loizidesg@uwstout.edu

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Online Option

The certificate program option described on this page is intended for undergraduate students pursuing a degree on campus at UW-Stout. If you: 

  • are a current professional
  • hold an undergraduate and/or graduate degree

and are seeking social work credentials, please consider UW-Stout's Social Work Professional Development Certificate online program.