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Assessments and Certifications


All CSWE programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the CSWE. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above the benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

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Child Welfare PREP (CW PREP) Scholarship Program

CW PREP is an innovative career preparation program. In return for your commitment to child welfare work, we provide tuition coverage and stipends to help you succeed. Students who successfully complete the program will receive Kentucky's Public Child Welfare certificate and be qualified for preferred job placement with the Kentucky department for Community Based Services.


  • Paid in-state tuition for up to four semesters
  • Qualifying students are provided a $1,300 stipend per fall and spring semester and a $650 stipend for each summer semester to assist with any fees, books, living expenses or travel related to the program.
  • Upon completion of the program, students will be assisted in acquiring employment with the Department for Community-Based Services (DCBS).

Students must complete a two-year employment commitment with the Cabinet upon successful completion of the program. For more information about the general program, visit the CW PREP website. For more information about the program at MSU, contact Dr. Lynn Geurin,



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Department of Sociology, Social Work & Criminology

Dr. Connie Hardesty, Chair
335 Rader Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2273