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Specialization in School Social Work

Preparing Students to Enrich School Communities

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is one of the few schools of social work in the United States to offer a specialized curriculum and certification opportunity in school social work. School social workers play an increasingly important role in fostering students’ social and emotional well-being for productive learning in the classroom.

This is a unique area of social work that provides an opportunity to operate at all three levels of practice – micro, mezzo and macro – addressing the needs of individual students, but also coordination and collaboration with the school community and leadership.

Program Overview

To become a school social worker, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) in School Social Work is required. The PPSC prepares students to work with children and adolescents in K– 12 school settings.