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School Social Work Licensure

Students who are currently enrolled in the BSW or MSW programs and professionals who have already completed a CSWE approved BSW or MSW program and are currently employed in a NC Public Schools setting have the option to complete a specialty in School Social Work. Successful completion of all requirements can result in recommendation to the NC Department of Public Instruction for school social work licensure.
Coursework Requirements

BSW Student School Social Work Licensure:

BSW Practitioner School Social Work Licensure:

MSW Student School Social Work Licensure:

MSW Practitioner School Social Work Licensure:


Plan of Study note: Social Work students are not required to take the co-requisite classes for SED 3310 and SED 5120. Students will need to follow these instructions when registering for these courses.

For SED 3310: Contact Dr. Gretchen Robinson ( with your banner ID, the course section CRN number, and a note that you are a BSW student requesting the co-requisite override.

For SED 5120: Contact Ms. Janetta Cheek ( with your Banner ID, the course section CRN number, and a note that you are a MSW student requesting the co-requisite override.

Upon completion of all requirements, students should submit the following documentation to the School Social Work Coordinator:

  • Official transcript indicating completion of all required coursework with a grade of C or higher

  • Documentation of a satisfactory final field evaluation, or for professionals seeking school social work licensure who already hold a Bachelor or Master in Social Work degree, one year of employment in a school setting may be documented on signed letterhead by the employing district’s human resources office in lieu of the field practicum requirement. (All experience must be completed in a NC Public School under the supervision of a school social worker licensed in NC at the respective level of licensure sought by the candidate)

  • A final evaluation using the School Social Work evaluation instrument completed in partnership with the field instructor and/or principal.

The School Social Work Program Coordinator will evaluate the documentation then submit written notification of approval/ disapproval to the student and UNCP School of Education Licensure Specialist and/or NC Department of Public Instruction.

If you are planning to pursue School Social Work Licensure, please talk with your advisor then join this Canvas shell and follow the directions, completing the applicable steps: