Curriculum and Program Structure
All Intensive Weekend courses follow the School of Social Work's generalist curriculum and the Clinical Specialization, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The curriculum fulfills the requirements for future licensing, which students are encouraged to pursue. Faculty and adjunct instructors with a range of practice experience teach in the rigorous program.
The Clinical Specialization is combined with a Leadership and Management focus to prepare students to advance in their careers and assume leadership positions, whether as clinicians or managers:
- Students take up to two electives in management practice developed specifically for the program, each taught by prominent executives in the social work field.
- Supervision and Human Resource Management and Theories of Management and Strategic Planning.
Students attend class one weekend each month and participate in both synchronous and asynchronous activities to prepare for their in-person classes. Because of the intensive nature of the coursework, full attendance to all classes and full participation in online components of courses are required for credit. To help plan, students receive a calendar of class dates through to graduation.
- Online pre-session begins four weeks prior to the first weekend of the course. Students participate in online discussions related to readings and practice application, "attend" one synchronous online class, usually on a Saturday morning, and complete a short assignment, or ticket to class.
- In person class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, once a month, with an hour break for lunch.
- Online inter-session of four weeks. Students complete mid-term assignment(s), participate in discussions related to readings and "attend" a second synchronous online class, usually on a Saturday morning.
- In-person class on Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Students complete a final assignment for the course and start the next course, which continues to follow the monthly class and preparation schedule.