How to Apply

Applications are accepted in the fall for those who plan on entering the program in the spring and in the spring for those who plan on entering the program the following fall.

Deadlines for applications are usually the second Friday in April and the second Friday in October each year. BSW CWEP accepts applications every fall and spring for the following semester. 

Fall Deadline-October 15, 2021 - Students who are eligible to enter the CWEP as of Spring 2022, should apply by this deadline. This would be students who will have junior status or 56 credits by December 2021. If you will be enrolled in SWU 295 in Fall 2021 semester, this means you should be eligible to apply for this deadline.

Spring PRIORITY Deadline-April 8, 2022- Students who are eligible to enter the CWEP as of the following Fall semester, should apply by this deadline. This would be students who will have junior status or 56 credits by Fall 2022. If you will be enrolled in SWU 295 in Spring 2022 semester, this means you should be eligible to apply for this deadline.  If spots are still available after this deadline, an additional deadline will be posted.  

Contact us with specific questions about your eligibility. Sending a copy of your Program of Study and/or transcripts will help us determine when you should be eligible to apply. 

Application

The application consists of:

  • CWEP on-line application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Plan of Study
  • Essay that addresses the 7 topics outlined below
  • Watching the DCS Video entitled "Secret Superhero"

Please follow the steps below to apply for the program.

1. Collect your resume, unofficial transcript(s), and Plan of Study.  Write your essay.  Ensure that all these documents are saved on the device you will be using to complete the application and are saved as either MS Word documents (will have a .doc or .docx file extension) or Adobe Acrobat documents (will have a .pdf file extension).

  • Resume - A current copy of your resume which includes each of the following: 1) educational experience; 2) employment and professional experience; 3) volunteer experience (be sure to include your volunteer placement completed for your Social Service Delivery Systems class, if applicable)
  • Transcripts - Please include copies of your unofficial transcripts from all institutions with courses that you intend to transfer to ASU for credit and/or transcripts from all institutions with courses that will be applied to your BSW degree.
  • Plan of study (if you have one) - Include a copy of your most recent Plan of Study or your academic plan that identifies when you will be in Field (SWU 412 and SWU 414). If you do not have a current Plan of Study, you will need to meet with an ASU School of Social Work academic adviser in order to get a Plan of Study. If you are unable to get an appointment prior to the application deadline, please turn in all other forms and work toward submitting your plan of study as soon as possible. You can schedule an appointment with ASU Advising here: Schedule with an adviser
  • Personal essay - In an essay of 2-4 typed pages, address the 7 topics outlined below. In writing the essay, please comply with the following APA guidelines: one inch margins, double-spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font, use of headings and sub-headings, and inclusive of page numbers.  Please also be sure your name is on the document.    

1)  My interest in working in the field of child welfare

2)  My experience working with vulnerable children and families

3)  My thoughts on working with parents who have abused or neglected their children

4)  How I will manage my biases when working with people and families who are different from me or have different beliefs, values, or norms than me 

5)  Time management strategies I will use to manage a demanding workload that consists of actively working with parents, children, caregivers, and providers and also meeting multiple documentation deadlines  

6)  The strategies I will use to manage the stress of the job

7)  My understanding of the contracted work term to which I would be obligated to DCS and my commitment to meeting that work term 

2. Open the on-line application by clicking on the "Apply Now" button in the gold box in the top left of the page.  Complete the application and upload all required documents (Resume, unoffical Transcripts, Plan of Study, Essay) when prompted.  Note that the on-line form will save your entries for up to two weeks.  The data you enter in the form is associated with your IP address.  For this reason, if you are using a computer that is not private, you are strongly encouraged to open the application from an incognito window (in Google Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right hand corner and click on "New incognito window").  Additionally, because the form is saving your data, you will not be able to start the application over or go back past a skip question (e.g., which program you are applying for) unless you wait two weeks, use a different computer, or open a new form from an incognito window.

PRIORITY deadline is April 13, 2021.

Final deadline is June 8, 2021.

**We still have a couple of spots for current Standard MSW students if you just began the program this fall. Please contact us for more info. Application Deadline of October 16, 2020**

The priority deadline for CWEP Applications for those applying to the MSW Standard Program is April 23, 2021. This is for students that will be starting the MSW program in Fall 2021.  If spots are still available after this deadline, we will continue accepting applications with a final deadline of June 8, 2021.

In order for your CWEP application to receive maximum consideration we recommend that students submit a completed MSW application to the ASU School of Social Work prior to applying to the Child Welfare Education Program (by February 2021).

Application

The application consists of 

  • CWEP on-line application 
  • Resume 
  • Unofficial Transcripts 
  • Essay that addresses the 7 topics outlined below 
  • Watching the video entitled, "Secret Superhero"

Please follow the steps below to apply to the program.  

1. Collect your resume and unofficial transcript(s).  Write your essay.  Ensure that these documents are saved on the device you will be using to complete the application and are saved as either MS Word documents (will have a .doc or .docx file extension) or Adobe Acrobat documents (will have a .pdf file extension).

  • Resume - A current copy of your resume which includes each of the following: 1) educational experience; 2) employment and professional experience; 3) volunteer, internship, or practicum experience
  • Transcripts - Please include copies of your unofficial transcripts from all institutions applicable to your application for the MSW program.  
  • Personal essay - In an essay of 2-4 typed pages, address the 7 topics outlined below. In writing the essay, please comply with the following APA guidelines: one inch margins, double-spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font, use of headings and sub-headings, and inclusive of page numbers.  Please also be sure your name is on the document.   

1)  My interest in working in the field of child welfare

2)  My experience working with vulnerable children and families

3)  My thoughts on working with parents who have abused or neglected their children

4)  How I will manage my biases when working with people and families who are different from me or have different beliefs, values, or norms than me 

5)  Time management strategies I will use to manage a demanding workload that consists of actively working with parents, children, caregivers, and providers and also meeting multiple documentation deadlines  

6)  The strategies I will use to manage the stress of the job

7)  My understanding of the contracted work term to which I would be obligated to DCS and my commitment to meeting that work term 

2. Open the on-line application by clicking on the "Apply Now" button in the gold box in the top left of the page.  Complete the application and upload all required documents (Resume, Unofficial Transcripts, and Essay) when prompted.  Note that the on-line form will save your entries for up to two weeks.  The data you enter in the form is associated with your IP address.  For this reason, if you are using a computer that is not private, you are strongly encouraged to open the application from an incognito window (in Google Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right hand corner and click on "New incognito window").  Additionally, because the form is saving your data, you will not be able to start the application over or go back past a skip question (e.g., which program you are applying for) unless you wait two weeks, use a different computer, or open a new form from an incognito window.

The deadline for CWEP Applications for those applying to the MSW Advanced Standing Program is February 11, 2022. This is for students that will be starting the Advanced Standing MSW program in May 2022.

In order for your CWEP application to receive maximum consideration we recommend that students submit a completed MSW application to the ASU School of Social Work prior to applying to the Child Welfare Education Program.  We recommend submitting your MSW application a month or two prior to the school's deadline.  

Application

The application consists of:

  • CWEP on-line application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Essay that addresses the 7 topics outlined below
  • Watch the video entitled, "Secret Superhero"

Please follow the steps below to apply for the program.

1. Collect your resume and unofficial transcript(s).  Write your essay.  Ensure that all these documents are saved on the device you will be using to complete the application and are saved as either MS Word documents (will have a .doc or .docx file extension) or Adobe Acrobat documents (will have a .pdf file extension).

  • Resume - A current copy of your resume which includes each of the following: 1) educational experience; 2) employment and professional experience; 3) volunteer and internship or practicum experience (be sure to include your BSW practicum) 
  • Transcript(s) - Please include copies of your unofficial transcripts from your BSW degree.
  • Personal essay - In an essay of 2-4 typed pages, address the 7 topics outlined below. In writing the essay, please comply with the following APA guidelines: one inch margins, double-spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font, use of headings and sub-headings, and inclusive of page numbers.  Please also be sure your name is on the document.    

1)  My interest in working in the field of child welfar

2)  My experience working with vulnerable children and families

3)  My thoughts on working with parents who have abused or neglected their children

4)  How I will manage my biases when working with people and families who are different from me or have different beliefs, values, or norms than me 

5)  Time management strategies I will use to manage a demanding workload that consists of actively working with parents, children, caregivers, and providers and also meeting multiple documentation deadlines  

6)  The strategies I will use to manage the stress of the job

7)  My understanding of the contracted work term to which I would be obligated to DCS and my commitment to meeting that work term 

2. Open the on-line application by clicking on the "Apply Now" button in the gold box in the top left of the page.  Complete the application and upload all required documents (Resume, unoffical Transcripts,  Essay) when prompted.  Note that the on-line form will save your entries for up to two weeks.  The data you enter in the form is associated with your IP address.  For this reason, if you are using a computer that is not private, you are strongly encouraged to open the application from an incognito window (in Google Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right hand corner and click on "New incognito window").  Additionally, because the form is saving your data, you will not be able to start the application over or go back past a skip question (e.g., which program you are applying for) unless you wait two weeks, use a different computer, or open a new form from an incognito window.

 

The DCS part-time MSW program is available to qualifying DCS employees.  To apply for this program, you must first be selected by DCS as a qualified employee and be referred by DCS to apply to the CWEP.    

There are two DCS MSW part-time programs.  Employees residing in Maricopa or Pima Counties are only eligible for the campus-based (in-person program).  Students are admitted into this program each Fall (August).  Employees residing in rural counties (all counties except Maricopa and Pima) are eligible for the part-time, ASU on-line program.  Students are admitted into this program each Spring (January).  . 

To be accepted into the DCS part-time CWEP, you must be admitted to the MSW program.  Admittance requirements include:  having a 3.0 Jr./Sr. GPA in your undergraduate course work or in other graduate course work and having positive letters of reference.  If you do not have a 3.0 GPA, you may take up to three courses as a non-degree seeking student in the MSW program and have the GPA from those courses be used as your GPA requirement.  You would need to complete these courses and pay for them on your own prior to applying to the CWEP and MSW program/Graduate College.  Title IV-E funds will not be used to pay for courses as a non-degree seeking student. 

If you have been selected by DCS and referred by DCS to apply to CWEP, please follow the instructions below to apply both to the CWEP and to the MSW Program/Graduate College.    

Application to CWEP

The CWEP application consists of

  • CWEP on-line application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts. 

Please follow the steps below. 

1.  Collect your resume and unofficial transcripts. Ensure that the documents are saved on the device you will be using to complete the application and saved as either MS Word documents (will have a .doc or .docx file extension) or Adobe Acrobat documents (will have a .pdf file extension).

  • Resume – your resume should minimally include your DCS employment history inclusive of your current position and location (i.e. DCS office name and Region) as well as, your education history inclusive of your Undergraduate degree and name and location of the college/university. 
  • Unofficial transcripts – you will need to upload your undergraduate transcript(s) and any other transcript(s) you plan to use to meet the minimum criteria for admittance to the MSW program

2.  Complete the on-line CWEP application by clicking the “Apply Now” button. Note that the on-line form will save your entries for up to two weeks. The data you enter in the form is associated with your IP address. For this reason, if you are using a computer that is not private, you are strongly encouraged to open the application from an incognito window (in Google Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner and click on "New incognito window"). Additionally, because the form is saving your data, you will not be able to start the application over or go back past a skip question (e.g., which program you are applying for) unless you wait two weeks, use a different computer, or open the form from an incognito window.

Application to MSW Program/Graduate College

You must apply and be admitted to the MSW program/Graduate College.  Please click on the following link to get information and instructions on applying to the MSW program/Graduate College:   application to ASU Graduate College .