Statute Language

Volume 7 establishes these minimum educational requirements:

Hotline Worker Certification

A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)

Hotline Staff Supervisor Certification

  1. A high school diploma or GED; and,
  2. Three years of professional child welfare experience in a public or private human services agency

Social Caseworker Trainee Certification

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in a human behavior science field, or a degree with 30 semester hours, or 45 quarter hours, of course work in development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and/or child development

Social Caseworker Certification

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in a human behavior science field, or a degree with 30 semester hours, or 45 quarter hours, of course work in development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and/or child development; and,
  2. One year of professional caseworker, case management, or human services experience in a public or private human services agency; or,
  3. A bachelor’s of social work degree and successful completion of an approved field placement in a county department of human services; or,
  4. A master’s degree in social work or a human behavioral science field.

Social Casework Supervisor certification

  1. A bachelor’s degree with a major in a human behavioral sciences field from an accredited institution or, a degree with 30 semester hours, or 45 quarter hours, of course work in development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and/or child development; and,
  2. Three years of professional caseworker, case management, or human services experience in a public or private human services agency; or,
  3. A master’s degree or higher in a social work or human behavioral sciences field (as described in 7.603.1, E, 2, a); and,
  4. Two years professional casework, case management, or human services experience in a public or private human services agency.

 

Education Requirements

In order to meet the minimum educational requirements of a human behavioral science degree, the applicant must have a degree with major course work (equivalent to 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) in either development of human behavior, child development, family intervention techniques, diagnostic measures or therapeutic techniques such as social work, psychology, sociology, guidance and counseling, and child development.

Categorically Eligible Degrees
For the purposes of meeting minimum educational requirements, the following degrees obtained from an accredited university will be considered “categorically eligible,” meaning no review of transcripts is required – Bachelor of Arts and/or Master of Arts degree in the following areas of study: psychology, sociology, social work, counseling, child development.

Areas of study that will be considered to meet the minimum educational requirements as outlined in Volume VII:

  1. Psychology
  2. Sociology
  3. Social Work
  4. Counseling
  5. Child Development
  6. Criminal Justice courses relevant to child welfare: This includes courses covering topics in juvenile justice, family law, family conflict, general court procedures, interviewing techniques, dispute resolution, and mediation.
  7. Foreign language courses
  8. Anthropology courses relevant to cultural development and history, linguistic development, and communications. Physical anthropology courses do not count toward minimum requirements.
  9. History courses relevant to family and cultural development

Note: This is meant to be a guide to assist in assessment of qualifications and is not an exhaustive list. For a complete and accurate review of transcripts, please forward transcripts for review to the Division of Child Welfare Training Unit Certification Specialists.