Academic Requirements

Stipend recipients must:

  • Successfully complete the entire MSW program at SJSU (course and field work).
  • Successfully complete required course plans for Incoming Students as designated for the IV-E students.
  • Participate in all required Title IV-E child welfare training seminars.
  • Remain in good academic standing, maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.0 every semester and receive credit for satisfactory performance in the field practicum.

*If a student is not performing satisfactorily in the program, the University may suspend or terminate the stipend.

Field Education-Practice Model

The Title IV-E MSW Program is a career development program for entry level public child welfare practice involving the primary method of direct services. Students must complete the equivalent of two years of field placement in the MSW program the

  • Foundation Year of fieldwork will occur in a non-profit agency serving Title IV-E eligible children, youth and families. Such clients are children and families who would have been eligible for AFDC prior to TANF and receiving child welfare related services. Eligible settings could include county child mental health and probation, nonprofit contract or referral agencies (i.e. residential treatment, child abuse treatment services, pediatric health programs, and school-based services in which CWS participates.
  • Final Year of fieldwork will occur in a public county child welfare agency. Students will be placed in any of the following county child welfare agencies: Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Napa and Marin. Final year county placements have been within Emergency Response, Dependency Investigations, Continuation, Family Maintenance, Family Reunification, Adoptions, ILP, Domestic Violence, and other specialized units.

In both field placements, the students' caseload shall consist of Title IV-E eligible client cases, and meet the 2017 CalSWEC California Child Welfare Competencies [pdf] for public child welfare in California.


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