2016 - Year Lecturer Mary Dillon was named Social Work Educator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Central Unit Chapter
Spring 2016 - Launch of MSW online option
School of Social Work
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida HPA I, Suite 204 12805 Pegasus Blvd. Orlando, FL 32816-3358
program in social work leads to a Bachelor of Social Work
(BSW) and prepares students for generalist social work
practice. Through classroom instruction and field-based classes,
students gain the knowledge and skills to assess the needs and
resources of people and their social environment; provide services
to individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities;
link people with needed resources; and improve the resources
available in the community.
professional BSW/generalist social
work practitioners to:
Goal 1: Apply professional knowledge, skills, and values with
diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.
Goal 2: Engage in ethical practice grounded in human rights and
social and economic justice.
Goal 3: Promote the optimal well-being of vulnerable, oppressed,
and marginalized populations by building on
their strengths and resilience through
collaborative community partnerships.
Goal 4: Integrate research informed practice in generalist
Goal 5: Advocate for policies and services that promote social
change and the quality of professional social work
The UCF School of Social Work mission of the BSW
program is to prepare social work students to become generalist
practitioners who promote optimal well-being, human rights, and
social and economic justice. The School focuses on social
change from a regional and global perspective with individuals,
families, groups and communities in diverse practice settings
through research informed practice.
The BSW program is an entry-level, professional program
accredited by the Council of Social
Work Education (CSWE). The bachelor's degree in social work at
UCF prepares students for direct, general practice in a variety of
social agencies. Undergraduate students typically begin their
professional social work studies in their junior year of college
after completing an array of courses in the liberal arts. The
curriculum in social work consists of studies in human behavior and
social environment, social welfare policy and services, research,
and social work practice. In addition, enhancement electives are
offered in child welfare, addictions, aging studies, health
services, addictions, and immigration, and lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender populations. An internship in a community
agency arranged by the school is required.
Social Work Application Deadlines
• Summer admission: April 25
• Fall admission: August 5
Students are required to complete all B.S.W. program
prerequisites prior to admission to the major. These include:
American National Government
Macroeconomics or Microeconomics
To be admitted into the program, students must be willing to
work directly with and on behalf of diverse populations. These
include people of differing races and ethnicities…the elderly,
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations, persons with
HIV/AIDS or physical and mental health concerns, and the most
vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Social work students also are expected to provide services
through a variety of helping strategies, including, but not limited
to, assessments; contracting; home visits; office interviews;
individual, family, group counseling; referrals; case management;
community evaluations; grant writing; advocacy; education; and
follow-up. Students, who in the judgment of the faculty are
unwilling or unable to meet these expectations, may be denied
admission or later may be dismissed from the program.
Admission decisions are made by the BSW committee consisting of
faculty who primarily teach in the BSW program. Prospective or
newly admitted undergraduate students are encouraged to meet with
the BSW program coordinator or the BSW program advisor to review
course requirements and expectations of the program.
Prospective or newly admitted undergraduate students need to
schedule an appointment with the undergraduate (BSW) program
coordinator to review course requirements and expectations of the
Students who have a misdemeanor or a felony conviction must
schedule an appointment with the B.S.W. program coordinator to
discuss the nature of the conviction. However, a conviction does
not necessarily prohibit admission to the program.
A student who does not meet the above admission requirements may
be registered as a "pending student." Pending students are only
permitted to register for certain, limited courses. Students, who
are pending, need to contact the BSW coordinator to discuss their
situation and to devise a degree plan.
The BSW program curriculum follows a structured sequence of
courses in order for students to build on what was learned
ultimately ending with the student's field education (internship).
Due to the structured nature of the curriculum, it is highly
recommended students meet with the BSW program coordinator or the
BSW program advisor to develop an academic degree plan and then
revisit with them once per semester to ensure accuracy of the
courses and to graduate on time.
There are multiple sections of courses (with the exception of
social work electives) offered every day of the week to assist
students who may need to work or commute. Online, mixed mode (half
online and half in-class) and fully face-to-face classes are
available. The classes in the BSW program are three hours once per
week (summer classes are four hours in length).
Academic and professional advising is important to the social
work program. Students are also encouraged to seek out faculty in
order to discuss research, professional options, and to seek
guidance in general. Faculty post their office hours on or near
their office doors.
You are expected to use advisement to plan your academic career,
to examine your motivation and the appropriateness of your career
goals, to select courses prior to registration, to review progress
toward graduation and to discuss any concerns you may have. You are
required to meet with your advisor at least once each semester.
Courses are offered only during specified semesters (a limited
number of courses may be available during summer semester)
Courses should be taken sequentially and only when
prerequisites have been met.
ALL REQUIRED SOCIAL WORK COURSES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED
PRIOR TO THE INTERNSHIP (i.e., Field Education and Field
Students are permitted to register for the field (internship)
courses only if they have no more than 18 semester hours of course
work, including the 12 hours of field education and seminar, to
complete for graduation.
The internship is offered only in the spring semester.
Two electives must be a social work elective.
To remain as a candidate for the BSW, a student must:
receive a grade of "C" or better in each required course for
the social work major
demonstrate particular personal and professional
qualifications, such as intelligence, initiative, social concern,
appreciation for differences in others, self-awareness, problem
solving ability, ease in relating with others, a willingness to
work directly with and on behalf of diverse populations and the
proclivity and skills to provide services through a variety of
meet with an assigned faculty advisor prior to registration
each term to review courses, progress and professional
maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 in the major for
entry into field education and to graduate
Students who, in the judgment of the faculty, are unwilling or
unable to meet these expectations may be dismissed from the
program. Students who did not reveal criminal convictions at the
time of application may also be dismissed. Retention decisions
outlined in the Policy on Student Grievances are found in the BSW
I am very privileged to be in the B.S.W. program at UCF and learn from instructors such as yourself [referring to Dr. Dziegielewski].
— Brittany Hamilton,
social work major
I am so grateful for all I've received from this university, both as a student and an alumna.
— Judith Thames,
B.A., social welfare/psychology ('73); co-founder, Judith G. Thames Endowed Scholarship