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GADE - Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work, Est 1977

Our D.S.W. in Clinical Social Work degree is a MEMBER of the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE).

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CSWE’s Board of Accreditation (CSWE-BOA) is currently piloting the accreditation of professional practice doctoral programs. Although there are currently no CSWE-BOA accredited professional practice doctoral programs, in June 2020, CSWE-BOA approved and adopted the Accreditation Standards for Professional Practice Doctoral Programs in Social Work. The D.S.W. Program in Clinical Social Work at Angelo State University has adopted the Accreditation Standards for Professional Practice Doctoral Programs in Social Work and is prepared to undergo accreditation once it becomes available. For information about professional practice doctoral program accreditation and the current pilot, please visit the Council on Social Work Education website.

Program Details

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What Can You Do With a D.S.W. Degree?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment for mental health and substance abuse social workers is projected to grow by 18% over the next 10 years.

Additionally, the Health Resources and Service Administration reports that while many social workers are trained at the master’s degree level, a 30% increase in the number of master’s and doctoral-level social workers will be needed to meet the demand by 2030.

Our D.S.W. program prepares you to meet the needs of the community you serve as a licensed clinical social worker.

  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “The social work professors are amazing and will do anything for their students.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong><a href="/iamangelo/felicia.php">Felicia Garcia</a></strong>, Class of 2023, Social Work</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “It’s amazing how they designed the D.S.W. program. This is a clear path from B.S.W. to M.S.W. to D.S.W. It opens the door for other students to come here, and it’s a one-stop shop.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong><a href="/iamangelo/felicia.php">Felicia Garcia</a></strong>, Class of 2023, Social Work</p> </blockquote>
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Why Earn My D.S.W. Degree at Angelo State?

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Extensive Internship Program

Our on-campus students can take advantage of a wide array of clinical internship opportunities with local and area agencies and practitioners. We also contract for internship opportunities for our online students in their home areas. Internships in social work higher education can be completed on campus as adjunct ASU faculty members.

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Teaching Practicum

In addition to internships and the capstone project, you will participate in a Teaching Practicum that gives you even more valuable first-hand experience. You will be paid a Teaching Assistant (TA) stipend as you teach social work courses, either on campus or online, under the mentorship of our doctoral-degree faculty.

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We’re here to help.

  • Committed to Your Success

    Whether you’re pursuing a master’s degree, doctoral degree or certificate/certification, you have access to all the services in our College of Graduate Studies and Research. You’ll find information and resources for everything from registering for classes and writing a thesis – to available graduate/teaching assistantships and graduate research opportunities.