School Social Work

You must be a current Michigan State University MSW student to participate in this Certificate program. All others, please visit our School Social Work Continuing Education program. Visit School Social Work State of Michigan Approvals if you are interested in meeting the criteria for School Social Work in the state of Michigan. 

The School Social Work Certificate Program prepares current MSU MSW students to become school social workers upon graduation from the MSW program, or to work with school-age youth in another setting. The goal of the required courses, which are all taught online, is to expand the prospective school social worker's understanding of the school system as a social institution, the diverse learning processes of youth, and the role of the social worker within the school. Completing this certificate program fulfills the eligibility requirements for a recommendation of temporary approval as a school social worker. While these requirements can be fulfilled apart from the School Social Work Certificate Program, it is strongly recommended. This program is only open to Clinical students.

Program Components

The School Social Work Certificate Program requires satisfactory completion (minimum grade of 3.0) of the following:

Current MSW students in the certificate program that wish to gain Temporary Approval should complete both applications below. Applications can be submitted to the SW Graduate office at or mailed to Graduate Programs, School of Social Work, 655 Auditorium Road, 239 Baker Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Contact Person

Mark Nester, LMSW

MSW Certificate Application Download the Form 310 Application