For which degrees may students enroll?

Which schools are accredited and approved?

What is the application process?

What if more applicants apply from one university than can be funded?

What are the degree requirements?

What is the State Civil Service process?

What if I intern in a non-Civil Service county?

Are there other exceptions to the county hiring process?

What financial support is available?

May a student be paid by a county in addition to receiving a CWEB stipend while completing their child welfare internship?

What responsibilities does a student have after graduation?

What commitment do students have to the CWEB program?

What are the employing agency's responsibilities?

Who administers the CWEB Program?

Who should I contact for information about CWEB?

How can I contact the participating schools?

Do I have to claim my fellowship payments on my taxes?

For which degrees may students enroll?

Eligible students may enroll for a bachelor's degree in social work (BASW, BSW) at any of the undergraduate schools or departments of social work in Pennsylvania accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and approved to participate in the CWEB program. The school's offering must include child welfare specific course work and public child welfare field instruction (internship) opportunities.

Which schools are accredited and approved?

The 14 programs approved in Pennsylvania are located at Bloomsburg University, California University, Edinboro University, Kutztown University, Lock Haven University, Mansfield University, Marywood University, Millersville University, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, West Chester University and Widener University. The number of openings at each school is limited and may vary from year to year. Applicants may be enrolled in any of these 14 schools.

What is the application process?

  • The application process includes three distinct components:
  • Official acceptance as a social work major at one of the approved schools with status as of at least a junior
  • A recommendation from the social work faculty of the school in which the applicant is enrolled; and
  • Online application to the CWEB program

Persons who meet the basic qualifications must initiate their application through their social work faculty. It is important that applicants clearly advise their school of their interest in a child welfare career and the CWEB program. CWEB applications may be filed any time after the beginning of the applicant's junior year. The deadlines for submitting the online CWEB application are April 30 for Fall entry and November 15 for Spring entry. The selection of students is based upon criteria which include available funding, geographic distribution, space availability in the approved programs, date of application, availability of field placements (internships), grade point average, interest in child welfare career, and faculty recommendations. Submit an Online CWEB Application.

What if more applicants apply from one university than can be funded?

The purpose of the CWEB program is to strengthen public child welfare services in Pennsylvania. Thus, an attempt will be made to distribute the available fellowship support as broadly as possible across the state. If more students apply from any one university than can be offered fellowship support, any student may nevertheless pursue child welfare courses, field placements (internships), and employment opportunities. 

What are the degree requirements?

Students admitted to the CWEB program for study at the undergraduate level are required to satisfy all academic requirements for the degree program to which they are admitted. These requirements include credit hours, satisfactory grades, and field instruction (internship).

In addition, there are several specific academic requirements:

  • At least one child welfare course
  • A field work assignment (internship) of at least 400 clock hours in a public child welfare agency
  • Course content in cultural diversity
  • Completion of selected Pennsylvania competency and skills-based training certification modules (known as Charting the Course), usually as part of field work (internship)

Normal progress toward completion of the degree as defined by the school is expected. While students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis, full-time enrollment is encouraged

What is the State Civil Service process?

The field of public child welfare is so large that there are job opportunities at almost all times throughout the 67 Pennsylvania counties.   In the majority of the counties, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission provides the gateway to these employment opportunities.  The State Civil Service Commission is a merit employment system established for the hiring of county caseworkers.  CWEB students must complete and submit a two-part application to the State Civil Service Commission prior to graduation in order to be eligible for employment.  Part Two of the application, (Supplemental Participation Form) requires completion by the student and the school.  The State Civil Service Commission vets the qualifications of the student for appointment as a County Social Casework Intern, which then enables counties to hire the student upon graduation.  Graduates are then promoted to a Caseworker when hired by the county agency.  Those students who completed 975 hours of internship are able to be hired without taking the State Civil Service examination; those not completing 975 hours must take the examination in order to be eligible for hire.

What if I intern in a non-Civil Service county?

Some Pennsylvania counties are not affiliated with the PA State Civil Service Commission and operate their own hiring system.  A list of these counties is available here. Students completing an internship in a non-civil service county must register and complete the state civil service examination process in order to be eligible for hire in any of the counties affiliated with the State Civil Service Commission.   Because there is no guarantee that a position will be available in the county where an internship was completed, all CWEB students should complete the State Civil Service application process regardless of whether the internship county participates in the state Civil Service system or not.    

Are there other exceptions to the county hiring process?

Philadelphia operates its own unique internship and employment system.  CWEB participants who wish to work at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services after graduation must complete an internship at Philadelphia DHS in order to be considered for employment.

What financial support is available?

Persons admitted to the CWEB program for full-time study will receive full tuition and fees at the in-state rate for their senior year at the school in which they are enrolled, a fellowship, and a book allowance. Out-of-state students enrolled in Pennsylvania state or state-related universities will receive tuition at the Pennsylvania resident level only. Part-time students will receive the tuition and fees incurred in their senior year enrollment, a fellowship, and a book allowance not to exceed what they would have received had they been enrolled full-time.

May a student be paid by a county in addition to receiving a CWEB fellowship while completing their child welfare internship?

No, a student may not receive both payments.  Those students completing an internship within a county that places interns on payroll will receive their CWEB fellowship payment through the county.

What responsibilities does a student have after graduation?

Persons enrolled in the CWEB program are required to sign a legally binding contract agreeing to employment in a Pennsylvania public child welfare agency immediately upon graduation. This provision is a strict requirement in compliance with federal regulations and may not be waived for graduate study or delayed for any other purpose. There are 67 county child welfare agencies throughout the state. The student may fulfill the commitment in any of these agencies where vacancies exist. The CWEB faculty and staff provide support to students in the placement process. The contractual period of employment is one calendar year for each academic year (or fraction of a year) for which the student receives financial support. This rarely exceeds one calendar year. Persons who do not secure employment and/or complete the contractual work commitment will be required to repay in cash the value of all funds paid to them or on their behalf. The work commitment for part-time students is prorated so that it does not exceed the commitment of full-time students enrolled in the same degree program in the same university.

What commitment do students have to the CWEB program?

The CWEB faculty maintains close contact with CWEB students and graduates. Students are required to provide the details of their course and internship activities each academic term, submit reimbursement requests on a regular and timely basis, and attend a meeting with CWEB faculty held in their geographic region at least annually. Graduates are required to keep the CWEB program advised of any changes of address or employment during the period of their CWEB work commitment. Both students and graduates are expected to participate in CWEB's annual program evaluation.

What are the employing agency's responsibilities?

County child welfare agencies are eager to employ social work graduates with child welfare preparation. Using their normal employment and personnel procedures, they recruit and employ CWEB graduates. Once employed, CWEB graduates are eligible for the normal and usual salaries and benefits, including educational benefits for graduate education through the CWEL program and other opportunities. Suitable employment is an assignment providing services to Title IV-E-eligible children and their families and commensurate with the employee's abilities and training.

Who administers the CWEB Program?

Under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh administers the CWEB program for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The University of Pittsburgh assists each student, school, and county participating in the program to make all the necessary arrangements prior to, during and following the student's enrollment and employment. Questions, technical assistance, contract monitoring, student employment and commitment obligations, financial administration, curriculum, and related matters are handled by the University of Pittsburgh.

Who should I contact for information about CWEB?

Principal Investigator
Helen Cahalane, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW
University of Pittsburgh
School of Social Work
2328 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-6386
E-mail: hcupgh@pitt.edu

CWEB Academic Coordinator
Cynthia Bradley-King, PhD, MSW
University of Pittsburgh
School of Social Work
2302 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-2830
E-mail: ckb11@pitt.edu

Child Welfare Agency Coordinator
Yodit Betru, DSW, LCSW
School of Social Work University of Pittsburgh
2325 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6387
Email: ykb2@pitt.edu

How can I contact the participating schools?

Listed below are the addresses and phone numbers of the participating social work programs. All applicants must apply to the school(s) of their choice by the admission deadline specified by the school(s).

Bloomsburg University
Social Work Program
Department of Sociology, Social Welfare, and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
2105 McCormick Center for Human Services
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301
(570) 389-4237
Fax: (570) 389-2019

California University of Pennsylvania
Department of Social Work and Gerontology
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419-1394
(724) 938-5910
Fax: (724) 938-5977

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Social Work Department
Social Work Program
Hendricks Hall  G49
235 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
(814) 732-2013
Fax: (814) 732-1108

Kutztown University
Social Work Program
Old Main
Room 27
Kutztown, PA 19530
(610) 683-4235
Fax: (610) 683-4383

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Social Work Department
135 Akeley Hall
Lock Haven, PA 17745
(570) 893-2210
Fax: (570) 893-2830

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Social Work Program
Social Work, Anthropology, Sociology Department
Pinecrest Manor
Mansfield, PA 16933
(570) 662-4661
Fax: (570) 662-4113

Marywood University
School of Social Work
2300 Adams Avenue
2nd floor, Immaculata Hall
Scranton, PA 18509
(570) 348-6282 ext. 2398
Fax: (570) 961-4742

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Social Work Department
Stayer Hall, Room 301
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA  17551-0302
(717) 871-7206
Fax: (717) 871-7941

Shippensburg University
Department of Social Work and Gerontology
382 Shippen Hall
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1717
Fax: (717) 477-4051

Slippery Rock University
Social Work Program
Public Health and Social Work Department
Jack Dinger Building
1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
(724) 738-2705
Fax: (724) 738-4822

Temple University
School of Social Administration
Ritter Annex 581
1301 W. Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 204-8623
Fax: (215) 204-9606

University of Pittsburgh
School of Social Work
2117 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-6300
Fax: (412) 624-6323

West Chester University
Department of Social Work
114 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
(610) 436-3469
Fax: (610) 436-2135

Widener University
Center for Social Work Education
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013-5792
(610) 499-1153
Fax: (610) 499-4617

Do I have to claim my fellowship payments on my taxes?

No taxes are withheld from fellowship payments nor does the University issue W2’s for these payments.
All students receiving a fellowship do need to review Publication 970 on the IRS website to determine whether any or all of the fellowship payment is taxable depending on how the payments were used. The student should consult with a tax professional if they have any further questions.