Post-Master's School Social Worker Endorsement Certificate Course Descriptions

The following are required courses:                        

SSA 43300:  The Exceptional Child (Autumn Quarter)

This course focuses on categories of exceptional children as defined by federal and state legislation, including the Individuals with Disability Education Act (P.L. 94-142), the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and policies and programs for children who have disabilities. The prevalence and description of childhood disabilities and chronic illnesses are discussed. The role of the social worker in providing appropriate services to children and their parents in a school setting is emphasized. Methods of evaluating children as well as current research in the field are considered. Enrollment is limited to School Social Work Students Only. (Completion of course is required for State School Social Work Certification.)

SSA 41600:  Public School Systems and Service Populations (Spring Quarter) 

This course familiarizes students with the origin and history of school social work, the organization of American public schools, the current role of the social worker in a variety of public school settings, and the populations served by school social workers. Students address issues such as working with parents and the community, crisis intervention, group treatment, child neglect and abuse identification and reporting, services to culturally and economically diverse populations, and current policy issues impacting K-12 education. The class format includes group discussions and relevant readings. Prerequisite: Enrollment limited to students getting Type 73 Certificate, consent of instructor required for students from other departments. (Completion of course required for State School Social Work Certification.)

Required Texts and Materials

  • Required texts will be announced prior to the start of each quarter and available for purchase through the campus bookstore system.

  • Most other readings will be available for no charge via Chalk for all enrolled students.

  • Additional course packets of readings will be available through SSA’s Production Room, the cost of which will be included in the program fees.