Exemptions and Advanced Standing in the MSW Programs

Exemptions for some or all of the Generalist Practice courses (Full-Time Year One / Part-Time Year One & Year Two) may be granted to students who have graduated from a CSWE accredited undergraduate social work program within five years from the academic year of graduation to the academic year of enrollment. Exemptions are based on course syllabi review of completed comparable course work. These courses must have been completed with a grade of B or better, statistics with a grade of C or better. Exemptions are not granted for Concentration Year courses (Full-Time Year Two / Part-Time Year Three & Year Four).  For further information see "Statistics, Other Exemptions & Advanced Standing" section of the MSW Program Guide (pp. 7-8).

 

Some exemptions may be attained by examination. Exemption exams are offered each semester during the week before classes begin. The specific time and date for each exam will be posted below and our Facebook page. Two hours are allotted for each exam. There is a $25 fee for each exam. Orders must be submitted through the Social Work Shopping Cart before the exam and are payable by credit card (preferred) or check which should be mailed or dropped off to Gerald Eggleston in Room 326, Madison School of Social Work, prior to exam. No cash is accepted.

 

Exemption Exam Schedule

Exemption ExamNext Scheduled Full-Time MSW Program ExamNext Scheduled Part-Time MSW Program Exam
SW 605 Field of Social Work Wednesday, August 30, 2017
10:00am - 12 noon
Social Work Room 300
Saturday, August 26, 2017
9:00am - 11:00am
Madison: Location TBA
Eau Claire: Contact Advisor
SW 606 Social Policy Offered prior to Spring Semester
 
 
Saturday, September 9, 2017
1:15pm - 3:15pm
Madison: Location TBA
Eau Claire: Contact Advisor
SW 612 Psychopathology for Generalist Social Work Friday, June 16, 2017
10:00am - 12 noon
Social Work Room 300
Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:00am - 11:00am
Madison: Location TBA
Eau Claire: Contact Advisor
SW 650 Research Methods Offered prior to Spring Semester
 
 
Saturday, May 6, 2017
1:15pm - 3:15pm
Madison: Location TBA
Eau Claire: Contact Advisor
SW 711 Human Behavior and the Environment Thursday, August 31, 2017
10:00am - 12 noon
Social Work Room 300
Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00am - 11:00am
Madison: Location TBA
Eau Claire: Contact Advisor
Statistics Friday, September 1, 2017
1:00pm - 3pm
Social Work Room 315b
Madison: Contact Advisor
Eau Claire: Contact Advisor

 

Exams for BSWs Only

The following exams are available only for students who have graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited social work program. BSWs who did not achieve a grade of "B" or better in one or more of these courses or for whom their BSW is older than five years from the academic year of graduation to the academic year of enrollment are eligible to take these exams.

 

Exemption ExamNext Scheduled Full-Time MSW Program ExamNext Scheduled Part-Time MSW Program Exam
SW 400 & 401 Field & Integrative Seminars I & II See Full-Time Program Field Handbook for more information on exemption from first year of Field See Part-Time Program Field Handbook for more information on exemption from first year of Field
SW 441 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups Thursday, August 31, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Social Work Room 315b
Contact Advisor
SW 442 Practice III: Generalist Practice with Organizations & Communities Friday, September 1, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm
Social Work Room 315b
Contact Advisor
SW 640 Social Work with Ethnic & Racial Groups Offered prior to Spring Semester
 
 
Contact Advisor

 

Exemption Exam Details

 

SW 400 & SW 401 Field and Integrative Seminars I & II

This is a special exam and exam process only open to BSWs who graduated more than five years from the academic year of graduation to the academic year of enrollment in the MSW Program. Please see the Field Handbook at http://www.socwork.wisc.edu/fieldfiles for complete details and necessary forms for this exam. The exam is for both courses.

 

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SW 441 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups

SW 441 focuses on developing generalist social work knowledge and skills for working with and on behalf of individuals, families, and groups. Lecture and labs focus on development of basic social work direct practice skills and techniques necessary for working at the micro level, with individuals, groups and families. It integrates content on multiculturalism, diversity, social justice, and social change issues.

 

To prepare for this exam, review and study any of the following:

 

Kirst-Ashman, K. & Hull, G. Jr. (2002). Understanding generalist practice (3rd ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning.

OR

Kirst-Ashman, K. & Hull, G. Jr. (2006). Understanding generalist practice (4th ed.). Belmont, CA:Thomson Higher Education.

OR

Kirst-Ashman, K. & Hull, G. Jr. (2009). Understanding generalist practice (5th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

 

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SW 442 Practice III: Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities

SW 442 is designed to assist the student in learning about the theory and practice of planned change in communities and organizations and to incorporate a generalist model into practice at these levels of intervention. The course focuses on developing knowledge and skills that will allow the student to intervene in a variety of organizations and communities. It integrates content on multiculturalism, diversity, social justice, and social change issues.

 

Students preparing for this exam should study:

 

Brueggemann, W.G. (2006). The practice of macro social work (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education.

 

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SW 605 Field of Social Work

SW 605 provides a basic introduction to the history, evolution, and current status of the profession of social work and social welfare institutions. It covers historical and political development that shaped the emergence and role of the social work profession and highlights critical issues for the profession as we move into the 21st century.

 

Students preparing for the 605 exam should review and study the following:

 

Popple, P. & Leighninger, L. (2005 or 2008) Social work, social welfare and American society (6th or 7th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Trattner, W. (1999). From poor law to welfare state: A history of social welfare in America (6th ed.). NY: The Free Press.

Wilensky, H. and Lebeaux, C. (1965). Industrial society and social welfare:The impact of industrialization on the supply and organization of social welfare services in the United States. NY: Free Press, Ch 6, 10, and 11.

Encyclopedia of Social Work. (2008) Articles on Historical Overview, Origins of Casework, History of Social Work as a Profession and Community Organization (20th ed.). Silver Spring, MD: NASW.

 

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SW 606 Social Policy

Social Work 606 has three main purposes: To provide an overview of American social welfare policy, particularly income support policy (including descriptions of all the major social programs); to provide an analytic framework that can be used in understanding current social policy discussions; and to provide a brief overview of policy making processes. The course also includes content on the measurement of poverty, trends in poverty, causes of poverty, and the antipoverty effectiveness of various social programs.

 

Students preparing for the Policy exam should have knowledge of current events and should study:

 

Dolgoff, R., Feldstein, D., & Skolnikm L. (2007 or 2009). Understanding social welfare:A search for social justice (7th or 8th ed.). Boston:Pearson Allyn and Bacon.

 

 

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SW 612 Psychopathology for Generalist Social Work

This foundation course prepares social work students to recognize major mental health concerns across the lifespan. The course includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders (DSM) as the organizing framework for reviewing major mental disorders and critique of the current "medical model" approach to mental health in the United States. The course considers mental health issues from a generalist perspective including the role of the social environment, culture and stigma in mental health services, access and policy.

 

Students preparing for the 612 exemption exam should review and study the following:

  • Review the SW612 syllabus.
  • Review the course materials on stigma and cultural formulation.
  • Corcoran, J. & Walsh, J. (2015) Mental health in Social Work: A Casebook in Diagnosis and Strengths-based Assessment (2nd Ed). New Jersey: Pearson Education.

 

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SW 640 Social Work with Ethnic and Racial Groups

Social Work 640 is designed to provide students with a knowledge base that should enable them to make their assessments and interventions more responsive to racial and ethnic differences. Typical themes include socio-economic inequality, discrimination, prejudice, stereotypes, assimilation, biculturation, cultural pluralism, traditional helping networks, etc. Problems are explored in light of the combined implications of having simultaneous membership in multiple groups -- racial, ethnic, gender, class, and/or sexual-affectional orientation groups.

 

Students preparing for this exam should study and review:

 

Anderson, M.L. & Collins, P.H. (2007). Race, class, and gender: An anthology (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.

Takaki, R.T. (1993). A different mirror: A history of multicultural America (1st ed.). Boston: Little, Brown Co.

Lum, D. (Ed.). (2005). Cultural competence, practice stages and client systems: A case study approach (1st ed.). Belmont, CA:Thomson Brooks/Cole.

 

Students must understand theories of race and racism. As such, students should have a knowledge and understanding of the relationship between genetics/biology and our race classification systems as they exist today. This they can gather from selected readings videos, or broadcasts, such as the following:

 

http://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122620064

 

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SW 650 Research Methods

The purpose of SW 650 is to develop students' understanding and skills in the approaches, techniques, and challenges of conducting social work research and to enable students to be competent and discerning consumers of social science literature.

 

Students preparing for the Research Methods exam should study:

 

Rubin, A. & Babbie, E. (2007). Research methods for social work (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Thompson Learning. [NOTE: Chapters 22 and 23 will not be covered on the exam.]

 

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SW 711 Human Behavior and the Environment

Social Work 711 surveys the behavioral science knowledge base of social work practice as it relates to understanding and intervening in the problems of clients and constituents. It draws together relevant social science theories - primarily from sociology and psychology but also from biology, anthropology, economics, history and political science - to form a multi-disciplinary view of human behavior. Current knowledge about individuals, both male and female, families, communities, including racial and ethnic minority communities, society and culture is included in the course. The primary social work practice goal is to facilitate the process of problem identification and assessment, and intervention planning at both direct and indirect service levels.

 

Students preparing for the 711 exam should study:

 

Hutchison, E. (Ed.). (2011). Dimensions of human behavior: The changing life course (4th ed.). LOS ANGELES: Sage Publications, Inc.

 

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Statistics

Students preparing for the statistics exam should study any basic text in statistics. It is not advisable to take this exam unless you have taken a course in statistics.

  • Course topics that must be covered include: distributions, measures of central tendency, dispersion and shape, the normal distribution, experiments to compare means, standard errors, confidence intervals, effects of departure from assumptions, method of least squares, regression, correlation assumptions and limitations, basic ideas of experimental design.
  • The statistics course must have been completed within the past five years from academic year of graduation to academic year of enrollment in the MSW Program.
  • A grade of C or better in a statistics course is required (no C- or CD).

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