Pupil Personnel Services - School Social Work, Credential
Department of Social Work Education
Dr. Martha Vungkhanching, Professor and Chair
Professional and Human Services 128
Degrees and Programs Offered
BA in Social Work, B.A.
CRED in Pupil Personnel Services - School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance, Credential
CRED in Pupil Personnel Services - School Social Work, Credential
MSW in Social Work, M.S.W.
The profession of social work is dedicated to meeting the diverse social service needs of special populations of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. As a practice-oriented profession, social work deals with social concerns that range from societal oppression to people's emotional/behavioral problems.
The Department of Social Work Education offers two degree programs to educate beginning and advanced social work practitioners who can meet complex client needs in a broad range of public and private human service settings and who can perform in a variety of roles using a multisystems approach. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice as well as for graduate study in the human service field, including social work. The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) prepares the learner for advanced multisystems social work practice as well as for doctoral study in social work and related human service arenas. Both the B.A. and the M.S.W. programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
As part of the M.S.W., the Department of Social Work Education offers a program that
satisfies the requirements for the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential
with Specializations in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance Services.
Advising and admissions information are available through the P.P.S. coordinator in
the Department of Social Work Education.
The faculty members of the department represent a wide spectrum of theoretical orientations and approaches to professional social work practice. All have substantive practice experience and many engage in active research programs and social policy interests. In addition to the on-campus facilities of the university, the department uses the San Joaquin Valley’s unique urban-rural configuration of people, social-political institutions, and the accompanying host of social service needs as the setting for field internships.
Numerous public and private social service agencies in our region make their facilities and professional social work staff available for the internship requirements of the programs. Internship experiences are available in the schools, healthcare settings, behavioral health, probation, and social services departments in the counties of Fresno, Kings, Madera, Tulare, and San Luis Obispo. A representative sample of settings include Community Regional Medical Centers of Central California, Valley Children’s Hospital, Fresno Unified School District, Focus Forward, and Kings County Human Services Agency.