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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Jun 24, 2024
 
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

COSA Community Organizing and Practice Certificate


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The MSW Program at the School of Social Work is accredited to offer two advanced specializations: Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups (DP) and Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA). All students in the MSW must select a single specialization when they matriculate. The proposed COSA Community Organizing and Practice Certificate will be part of the COSA specialization.

COSA specialization students pursuing this proposed certificate will complete twelve course credits and twelve field credits in the areas of community organizing; community planning; community development; and community social change. For the course work, students must complete the following four courses: (1) SWCOSA 2084: Human Services Organization Management (3 crs.); (2) SWCOSA 2088: Community Organizing and Planning (3 crs.); (3) SWCOSA 2090: Working with Group/Intergroup Relations:  Facilitation, Negotiation and Mediation (3 crs.); and (4) SWCOSA 2096: Community Planning and Development (3 crs.). Students must also complete a COSA specialization field placement (12 credits - 720 clock hours) in a community organizing and practice setting to apply the knowledge, values, and skills they are learning through their coursework. This proposed certificate builds on the School’s existing field placement opportunities around community organizing and practice.

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