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Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education


School of Adult and Graduate Education

Traditional Admissions

Social Work Major
Maynard L. Cressman, M.S.W.
Associate Professor/ Director, Social Work
610-606-4666 Ext. 3502

Gerontology and Global Social Justice
Suzanne Weaver, M.S.W., L.S.W., A.C.S.W.
610-606-4666 Ext. 3500

Child Welfare
Kathleen Boland, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W.
610-606-4666 Ext. 3499

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One person can make a difference—you—and the social work program at Cedar Crest College will better prepare you to put your compassion into action.

Today, more than ever before, our increasingly interconnected world is faced with poverty, oppression and discrimination that need to be countered by compassionate, dedicated, and educated professionals. Simply put, there is a critical need for people like you who are dedicated to community service and to bringing about social change.

Because Cedar Crest College is a small, private school, we are able to offer you a personal level of faculty mentorship that is unheard of at larger institutions. Here, you will also experience a wider range of valuable real-world experience at local organizations including a homeless shelter, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and a full-year senior-level field education experience—all of which makes our graduates the ideal candidates for both graduate schools and a wide variety of professional positions.

Your experience here will also prepare you be a leading force of social change, thanks to our unique and highly specialized course offerings, including community organizing and poverty and income redistribution. (We invite prospective students to come and observe a social work class in progress!) Also, the skills you learn here—including interpersonal communication, how to influence others, and how to motivate large groups of people—will serve you well in any future endeavor.

Recent B.S.W. graduates of Cedar Crest College have gone on to employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, mental health settings, substance abuse and family service agencies, occupational settings, and child welfare, day care, and Head Start agencies. Many of our graduates have been accepted into master’s level programs at respected institutions such as Columbia University, Marywood University, Kutztown University, Rutgers University, Temple University and a wide range of state universities and colleges nationwide.

The Cedar Crest College Advantage:

Our social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is one of the oldest accredited B.S.W. programs in the nation. Students who complete the social work major here will be prepared for beginning entry into a social work practice and are usually able to apply several of their undergraduate credits toward a graduate degree in social work.

Experienced faculty
All of our professors are licensed social workers with relevant professional experience. Our faculty members closely monitor each student’s academic progress and participation in various field experiences.

Valuable field experiences
Our program is highly regarded by the social services community in the Lehigh Valley. As a senior, you will work with a faculty mentor to select a local agency where you will participate in a field experience for one full year. This experience frequently results in students receiving job offers prior to graduation.

Opportunities to specialize
As a social work major, you may dual-major in another field such as psychology or criminal justice. Or you may pursue an add-on certificate in gerontology or child welfare. These options enable you to explore a specialty during your bachelor’s studies to better prepare you for graduate school and/or future employment.

Global Social Justice Living Learning Community
Our Global Social Justice Living Learning Community (LLC) enables students with a dedication to social change to study together and live in the same residence hall, thereby promoting a deeper educational experience. In this LLC, students participate in a service-learning experience, exploring their own values and beliefs as they strive to become more engaged citizens.

Mission Statement

The Social Work Program at Cedar Crest College is dedicated to the provision of the highest quality educational preparation of students for entry into beginning generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Consistent with the mission of the college, the Social Work Program seeks to provide students with a professional education grounded in a liberal arts perspective with a particular focus on the development of women. The Social Work Program is philosophically guided by a generalist approach that is grounded in the core competencies and related practice behaviors. The Social Work Program is also committed to preparing professionals who will have a lifetime commitment to incorporate diversity in practice, and to uphold human rights, and social and economic justice in professional practice.