Social Work, Master
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The Portland State University School of Social Work in Portland, Oregon is pleased to offer the first online MSW program in the Pacific Northwest. Nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report, we are uniquely suited to deliver a quality academic program. Faculty based in our campus program will be collaboratively developing and delivering the curriculum with an advanced focus on Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations. The program is uniquely designed for those who have traditionally lacked access to the MSW degree. We will offer a dynamic learning opportunity, using online curriculum, innovative teaching techniques and student directed learning in a structure that supports a family, work, school life balance.
State Authorization for Distance (Online) Education Programs and Students
(Current as of 11/08/13) :
Notice for applicants from outside the State of Oregon
If you are from outside the State of Oregon and you are interested in applying to or want to enroll in an online degree, certificate program or individual online course at Portland State University, it is important to check the list below to make sure authorization in your state of residence is verified.
In October 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released the State Authorization regulations. These regulations specifically include distance education (online learning, correspondence courses, etc).They require all institutions of higher education to seek authorization in every state (and territory) in which they �operate� distance education programs in order to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid. Authorization (sometimes referred to as �registration,� �licensure,� �approval,� etc.) indicates that certain minimum standards have been met by the institution under the laws and regulations of that state.
The following is the most pertinent passage of the state authorization rule:
If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary the State s approval upon request (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002).
In other words, in order to offer online educational opportunities to other states residents, PSU must comply with states policies for distance education and be able to demonstrate compliance upon request. If PSU were to be found not in compliance, then all students enrolled at PSU would not be allowed to use Title IV, HEA program funds (federal financial aid grants) to pay for their education.
PSU has received authorization or is exempt from authorization in all US states except those mentioned below. Residents from one of the states where PSU has decided not to submit a request for authorization due to high and restrictive fees, should not submit an application for admission to the University. We advise students residing in Arkansas and Minnesota not to enroll in distance education classes at Portland State University.
PSU has not submitted requests for authorization from the following states:
PSU is currently in the process of obtaining authorization to offer online education in Maryland.
This applies to Distance Learning programs ONLY. Students from Arkansas and Minnesota who are interested in our on campus programs are encouraged to contact PSU.
Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations prepares students for careers in community practice, human services administration, policy practice, and advocacy. This is geared toward students who are currently working in the field and want to focus on developing leadership skills (for any kind of setting – clinical or community based) or who have an interest in community practice. Community practice includes individual short-term counseling, case management, and advocacy, as well as work with groups of individuals. These skills are applicable to many settings, though it will not be the best match for students wanting to focus on developing clinical (mental health) therapy skills.
Detailed Programme Facts
- Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
- Full-time duration 36 months
- Study intensity Full-time
78 Credits alternative credits
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