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Study Plan

The Master of Social Work/School Adjustment Counselor (MSW/SAC) Study Plan is the result of a collaboration between the Salem State University’s School of Social Work and School of Education. Students who successfully complete the MSW/SAC Study Plan are eligible for endorsement by the School of Education for initial SAC licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In Massachusetts, only a School of Education can endorse candidates for SAC licensure. 

The MSW/SAC Study Plan involves completion of 68 credits – six more credits than the MSW Program’s General Study Plan. Some of the other primary requirements for the MSW/SAC are as follows:

  • Documentation of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Portions of the Massachusetts Tests for Educational Licensure (MTEL) submitted one full year prior to enrollment in advanced field education practica
  • Completion of the following electives:  School Social Work Policy and Practice (SWK 847); Substance Abuse (SWK 862); Principles of Psychological Testing (PSY 733); and Psychology of Learning (EDU 736)
  • Completion of PSY 733 and EDU 736 prior to enrolling in the advanced year-long field education practicum
  • Completion of the advanced field education practicum in a school setting during the academic year (not summer sessions) with supervision by a field instructor who holds licensure as an independent clinical social worker and as a school adjustment counselor
  • Continuous status as a student in good academic standing

The MSW/SAC Study Plan is available to complete on two-, three- or four-year bases.   Due to DESE requirements, students who are accepted into the MSW Program’s Advanced Standing Study Plans are not eligible for the MSW/SAC Study Plan. Current MSW students who want to transfer to the MSW/SAC Study Plan should meet with the MSW/SAC Academic Advisor prior to completing their foundation level field practicum and any electives.

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