PreK-12 School Social Worker Graduate Certificate

PreK-12 Social Worker Certificate Online

Earn your school social work certificate

Conflicts often arise in balancing the needs of students, families, teachers, and administrators, making conflict resolution skills extremely valuable for a school social worker. By earning this certificate, you will not only obtain the foundational credentials required by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to be a special services provider in the PreK-12 setting, but additional specialized coursework built into the program boosts your employment marketability.

You will finish this certificate poised as a strong competitor for school social work positions, exceptionally prepared to face the unique challenges of this environment with technical knowledge of policy and intervention.

What you will learn

Designed for those holding, or in the process of earning, a Master of Social Work, this is the only certificate in the state to offer a curriculum so specifically tailored to the needs of school social workers, covering topics like:

  • Social work in schools, including the role of social work in school settings; history and general perspectives in school social work; and assessment, consultation, and planning.
  • The complexities surround working with people who have disabilities, including attitudes and perceptions, augmentative and alternative communication, and inclusive education.
  • The fundamentals of conflict resolution and mediation and the core skills necessary to practice the stages of mediation.
  • Power dynamics affecting students and families and how to address those dynamics in appropriate ways according to social work values and ethics.

More details about the complete requirements set by the CDE to successfully obtain licensure can be found on the Requirements and Curriculum page.