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School of Social Work

History of Title IV-E

In 1990, deans and directors of California Schools of Social Work and the County Welfare Directors Association created the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) in order to improve the training of social workers for publicly supported social services. In 1992, CalSWEC entered into a contract with the California Department of Social Services to develop the Title IV-E MSW Public Child Welfare Training Program to provide financial aid and prepare students and graduates for careers in public child welfare. Years later in 2003, work began to develop a Title IV-E BASW program similar to the MSW program, and in fall 2004, the first Title IV-E BASW cohort began. Also developed over time, the Title IV-E BASW and MSW Pathway Programs (Distance Education), is a part-time-only distributed learning program that provides support for students who live in rural and remote regions of California and who are employees of county agencies.

Support for all of these students is provided through federal Title IV-E training funds managed by the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. About 400 stipends for full-time study are now available statewide. Tuition and other aid are provided to current social service employees for part-time study.

Visit our pages for more information about the Title IV-E MSW, BASW, and Pathway Programs.