Social Work Bachelors Degree
Q: I have a bachelors degree from a traditional university, in education.
I'd like to get a bachelors (ra only) in social work via dl.
Any suggestions as to the simplest way to get that and what is involved in a
"social work" degree?
A:The only option I'm aware of is Upper Iowa University's B.S. - Human Services degree (www.uiu.edu). Check their External Degree program for more information. Have you had any experience in social work? My advice would be for you to seek out some type of internship in this field. I have close experience with a local governmental social services agency, and the attrition rate among their caseworkers is astronomical. I don't know if it's the low pay, the enormous caseloads, or the massive unpaid overtime requirements but SOMETHING is driving people out of this field in droves. At least know what you're getting yourself into. I'm one of those overworked caseworkers, but have managed to hang on for six years so far. I'd advise Pat to look at MSW program if she's really interested in entering the field of social work. Admission is generally open to people without an undergraduate degree in social work, and an MSW is an infinitely more marketable degree than a BSW. She didn't say that someone without a Bachelor's degree could complete an MSW. She said that someone without a Bachelor's degree *in Social Work* could earn an MSW. Big difference! To the best of my knowledge, most MSW programs don't require that the Bachelor's degree is specifically in Social Work. (As long as the applicant meets other requirements and has a somewhat related degree.) The original poster stated that she does already hold a Bachelor's degree in something else. For what its worth, I agree with the person who said to pursue the Master's. Why put all that work into getting a 2nd Bachelor's when the MSW will qualify you for more jobs at a higher pay rate?????
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