Accreditation and Program Outcomes
The Simmons School of Social Work is the oldest social work program in the United States. In 1904, Simmons became the first college to provide training for clinical social workers, filling a critical community need, expanding the profession, and offering a vehicle through which women could advance their careers. Since then, the Simmons School of Social Work has been a leader in social work education. The School of Social Work offers an MSW program that has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and a PhD program for advanced clinical social work scholars, which began in 1983. The BSW program opened to freshmen and sophomore students in the fall of 2012.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires for licensure as a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) a master's or doctoral degree in social work from a graduate school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), or a degree from a foreign educational institution which is equivalent to a master's or doctoral degree in social work as determined by CSWE. The CSWE Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) promotes academic excellence in baccalaureate and master's social work education. The EPAS specifies the curricular content and educational context to prepare students for professional social work practice. Competency-based education is an outcome performance approach to curriculum design. Assessment is an integral part of competency-based education.