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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 20, 2024
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Home and School Visitor Certificate

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Since the 1930s, the School of Social Work has offered a Home and School Visitor/School Social Worker certificate.  The program was started by pioneering social work practitioner and educator Marion Hathway.  The H&SV/SSW is an interprofessional Educational Specialist certificate program, operated jointly with the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is intended for students who plan to deliver social work services in elementary or secondary schools.  There are three models for certification:

  1. Certification earned while earning the MSW
  2. Certification earned post-MSW
  3. Certification earned without an MSW

The H&SV/SSW certificate program is designed to enhance professional competency in the development and delivery of high quality social work services to diverse student populations in both public and private elementary and secondary schools.  The certificate program is organized around the Direct Practice concentration and offers students the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and skills via courses taken in the Schools of Social Work and Education and a field placement in an educational setting.

For further information, please contact Deborah Robinson, MSW, LSW, Director,


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