Required Field Work
Home and School Visitor Program Events
Since the 1930’s, the School of Social Work has offered a Home and School Visitor/School Social Worker certificate. The program was started by pioneering social work practitioner and educator Marion Hathway. The H&SV/SSW is an interprofessional Educational Specialist certificate, operated jointly with University of Pittsburgh School of Education and by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, intended for students who plan to deliver social work services in elementary or secondary schools. There are three models for certification:
- Certification earned while earning the MSW
- Certification earned post-MSW
- Certification earned without an MSW
The H&SV/SSW certificate program is designed to enhance professional competency in the development and delivery of high quality social work services to diverse student populations in both public and private elementary and secondary schools. The certificate program is organized around the Direct Practice specialization and offers students the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and skills via courses taken in the Schools of Social Work and Education and a field placement in an educational setting.
Certification earned while gaining the MSW
MSW students must indicate their interest in obtaining the H&SV/SSW certificate in their application for admissions to the MSW Program. Advanced Standing students should contact the H&SV Director and complete the Declaration of Intent during the summer registration period before their first fall semester in the MSW Program. MSW students who do not have advanced standing will complete a Declaration of Intent during their first semester of enrollment. In order to satisfy the certification requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education as well as the Master’s Degree in Social Work, students will have to complete 66 credits which may necessitate registering for courses during the Summer Term.
Course of Study Recommendation for Home & School Visitor/School Social Work Certificate (Full-Time Students Without Advanced Standing [48 Class and 18 Field Credits Required])
Certification earned post-MSW or Certification earned without an MSW
For those seeking the HSV/SSW certificate post-MSW, or earned without an MSW, the Home & School Visitor application must be completed & then submitted to the director of HSV/SSW to be accepted into the program.
The course of study for HSV/SSW certificate for those seeking the Certification earned post-MSW or Certification earned without an MSW.
PA State Credential
After coursework & LSW/LCSW for social workers or the Praxis exam for non-social workers has been successfully completed, the PDE checklist with supporting documents is submitted the HSV Director to receive PA state credential,
View the School of Social Work/Pennsylvania Department of Education Certification Checklist.
Declaration of Intent
MSW students must complete the courses listed.
Post Graduate students returning with or without an MSW must complete the courses listed here.
The student's concentration field placement (12 credit hours - 720 clock hours) must be in an approved school setting.
For further information, please contact:
Field Education Coordinator/Director of the Home and School Visitor Program
PA-Educator.net--an online clearinghouse designed to improve the application process and assist in the job search of professional school employees interested in working within Pennsylvania.
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Home & School Visitor Certificate Program 2nd Annual Conference Trauma in a School Setting, March 27, 2015 Video Highlights:
Trauma in a School Setting, afternoon speakers - Ms. D. Sedlacek, Assistant Superintendent, Baldwin Whitehall School district Dr. Tarasevich Prevention-Education & SAP Services Addiction Medicine Services of Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic and Dr. Hill Principal, PPS Lincoln Elementary
Kyoko T. Henson, Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Personnel, PASSWP, is the Western Region Representative. Ms. Henson's goals as Western Region Representative include:
1) Increasing the PASWWP membership from the Western region
2) Holding a PASWWP conference in Western PA
3) For Western PA to have strong voice in decisions being made at the PA Department of Education, PDE, and increase participation in Department of Pupil Services, DPS.
“As a social worker, we advocate for our participants and students, but we also need to advocate for ourselves as a vital part of public school education. So I hope you all join PASSWP, and get connected!” – Kyoko Henson