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e-Social Work Practice Graduate Certificate

Invest in your future with the nation’s first telehealth certificate program designed specifically for social workers.

Sound preparation for today’s social work #

In a world where online and remote access are essential, today’s social workers need specialized training to reach and serve people in new ways. Our graduate certificate in e-Social Work Practice provides the knowledge and skills you need to practice ethically and responsibly through a variety of electronic platforms.

Skills to grow your practice #

Get career-specific training to practice e-social work with diverse individuals, groups, families and communities. With specially designed courses in both social work and informatics, you’ll learn about the technical aspects of delivering services electronically. You’ll also gain the knowledge and training needed to practice across multiple platforms ethically and with regard to legal and privacy concerns.

Online program on your schedule #

This unique 12 credit hour program is offered totally online with no in-person commitment. Most courses are offered every semester, and admission is open year-round. You’ll be surprised at how flexible the program is—and how quickly you can complete the certificate.

Curriculum #

To earn the Graduate Certificate in e-Social Work Practice, you must complete 12 credit hours.

Students can select 3 of the following social work courses and 1 of the following informatics courses or students can take all 4 of the social work courses to satisfy the 12-credit hours required for the e-social work certificate.

e-Social Work core courses

  1. SWK-D 675 Digital Equity, Digital Citizenship, Data Justice and Practice (3 cr.)
  2. SWK-D 677 Foundations of e-Social Work Practice (3 cr.)
  3. SWK-D 678 Telebehavioral Health Social Work Practice with Individuals (3 cr.)
  4. SWK-D 679 e-Social Work Practice with Groups (3 cr.)

Informatics elective course

3 credit hours required. Choose from the following:

  1. INFO-B 582 Health Information Exchange (3cr.)
  2. INFO-B 583 Security and Privacy Policies and Regulations for Health Care (3cr.)

Admission Requirements #

We are accepting applications year-round. Admission to the Indiana University School of Social Work is competitive. Priority is on a first-come, first-serve basis. All application requirements must be completed and provided to the university by the application deadline.


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NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

Who Can Apply

  • Currently practicing social workers who hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a Council on Social Work (CSWE) accredited social work graduate program.
  • Current IU School of Social Work MSW Students
  • IU School of Social Work MSW Applicants

Apply Today #

Application Deadlines

  • Summer 2024 – Jan 31, 2024
  • Fall 2024 – May 15, 2024

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Admission Instructions #

All interested candidates must apply to the certificate program.

  • Select application based upon the academic year you are interested in starting
  • Students who have applied to the MSW program are still required to complete the e-Social Work application to be considered for admissions to the certificate program
  • There is a $70 non-refundable application fee.
  • Type “e-Social Work” using the search field to find the certificate within the “Add Program” tab