Students accepted into the BSW Child Welfare Education Program will follow the BSW curriculum. CWEP students do not have to take any credits above and beyond those required for the BSW degree. However, CWEP Students do have to follow the CWEP curriculum for which there are two overall requirements: 1) take SWU 442 as their senior year selective, and 2) complete their field placement at the Department of Child Safety.
Selective - CWEP Students are required to take SWU 442, Practice with Children and Families in Child Welfare as their senior year selective. Downtown Phoenix campus and West campus students should plan to take this course the first semester of their field placement (Fall or Spring semester). Tucson campus students should plan to take this course the second semester of their field placement (Spring semester). Please note that this course is only offered as a day-time course. No night sections are available.
Field placement - BSW CWEP students are required to complete their field placement at a Department of Child Safety (DCS) site.
Downtown Phoenix Campus and West Campus students - The Child Welfare Education Program has one education unit in the DCS Maricopa East Region (the office is located in Central Phoenix) and one education unit in the DCS Maricopa West region (located in West Phoenix). The field hours for BSW students in the Child Welfare Education Units are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. While students may, on occasion, flex some of their field hours to different days or times, in general, students are expected to be available for their field placement experiences during these days and times.
Tucson campus students - The Child Welfare Education Program has one education unit in Tucson. Students placed in the education unit may be asked to alter their field schedule from the one posted in the course catalog in order to accommodate trainings with MSW students.
Please note that there are no guarantees that students' field placements will be within a short commute from their home. Also note that an exception to the requirement of completing the field placement at a Child Welfare Education Unit can be made for current full-time DCS employees (case aides, administrative assistants). If a student who is a current DCS employee would like a placement at the Placement Center or AHIT and such a placement exists, the CWEP will attempt to secure this placement for the student. However, this is not guaranteed. Sometimes there are no placements available in units that would offer nights/weekends field placement hours. In those circumstances, the student would need to be placed in a Child Welfare Education Unit and make themselves available during the day two days.
The Phoenix-area field placement units can accommodate students who are starting field in the fall and doing a fall/spring field placement, as well as, students who are starting field in the spring and doing a spring/summer field placement. Students completing a spring/summer placement will not follow the schedule posted in the course catalog for their field hours, rather they will continue with a Monday/Wednesday schedule starting two weeks before Summer Session A starts and continuing until the end of Summer Session B.
The Tucson field unit only accepts BSW students doing a fall/spring placement.
BSW CWEP Curriculum
Please download, save, carefully read, and continuously refer to the BSW CWEP Curriculum which outlines the requirements for taking the selective, SWU 442 and for being in a Child Welfare Education Unit.