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Professional Licensure in Social Work

Licensing of social work practitioners is under the authority of a designated office in each individual state. All 50 states and the District of Columbia require that a social worker sitting for a licensing exam be a graduate of a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program. 

Because King University’s BSW program has earned accreditation from the CSWE, and the MSW program is in Candidacy*, students can feel confident that the social work program at King University will prepare them for practice in the field of social work; however, while the CSWE establishes and maintains national standards for all social work programs, each state reserves the right to establish their own standards for licensure to practice within their state borders. 

Determine whether or not King University’s Social Work program meets requirements for professional licensure in your state:



*King University’s MSW program has achieved Candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) and is in Year 2 of the 3-year incremental candidacy process that concludes with an Initial Accreditation (full accreditation) decision. Once accreditation is achieved, King students admitted to the MSW program during the academic year Candidacy was granted, as well as students who enroll for following cohorts, will be recognized upon degree completion as having graduated from a program with CSWE accreditation.

Practicum Responsibilities for Online Students

  • King University operates under NC-SARA GUIDELINES for determining physical presence in regards to Supervised Field Experiences for online students (Section 5.3).
  • If a student does not intend to sit for the licensing exam then he or she may participate in a practicum in any state or U.S. Territory except CNMI.**
  • If a student intends to sit for the licensing exam and is participating in a practicum as part of the licensing requirements in that state, there may be additional requirements from the agency responsible for licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to research and understand any additional requirements that may be in effect.

** Any student participating in a practicum in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) may need to meet additional requirements set by CNMI and it is the student’s responsibility to research and understand any additional requirements that may be in effect.