MSW@USC Announces New School Social Work Sub-concentration

School Social Worker

Later this year, aspiring school social workers in five states will find it easier to get the specialized training they need to help students and their families cope with behavioral, social and academic challenges. That’s when USC’s top-ranked School of Social Work will begin offering a School Social Work sub-concentration in its online Master of Social Work program, the MSW@USC.

Designed to meet the growing demand for well-qualified school social workers, the sub-concentration will be open to MSW@USC students pursuing the Families and Children concentration in Arizona, California, Kansas, Oregon and Texas. Our optional sub-concentrations allow students to gain additional skills and field experience in highly specialized career areas.

In the School Social Work sub-concentration, MSW candidates will:

  • Gain hands-on experience helping students, families and educators through field placements in schools in their own communities.
  • Receive guidance from expert USC faculty practicing in the field.
  • Develop the expertise needed to help students, schools and communities address the increasingly complex behavioral, social and mental health issues that can affect student achievement.
  • Learn skills to guide students who are exhibiting signs of domestic violence, bullying, academic failure or that they may commit an act of violence.

Meeting Critical Needs in a Growing Field

Today’s schools are facing a growing range of serious mental health and behavioral challenges among their students, and it takes specialized skills and training to address those challenges. The School Social Work sub-concentration is specifically designed to prepare social workers to help students, their families and their teachers create safer, more positive school environments.

With rising student enrollments and growing public concern over school-related violence and mental health issues, the introduction of this sub-concentration is certainly timely. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects demand for child, family and school social workers will grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than average for all occupations.

To learn more about the sub-concentration and its availability to students in Arizona, California, Kansas, Oregon and Texas, visit the School Social Work sub-concentration page on our website.


  • Ashley Rae Jones

    Great news! I wish the school would consider a disabilities sub-concentration, too. I’m halfway through the program and plan to work with disabled populations. I wish there was more focus on it, for those who want it. Glad to see the school branching out, at any rate!

    • Erin Jackson

      WORD!! That’s the population I want to work with the most, particularly those with autism and related disorders.

  • Tanya Kelley

    This work is so important! As a former teacher, vice principal, and principal, I can attest to the great value of school social workers, and to the critical need for more. Hats off to USC for offering this concentration, and to all who feel a calling to do this work!

  • thong

    Good information!

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