Social Work Department
Dr. Elaine Rinfrette
The Department of Social Work prepares BSW and MSW graduates for competent and effective social work practice and for a career committed to the importance of human relationships, social and economic justice, cultural competency, advocacy for oppressed and at-risk populations, lifelong learning, and active participation, contributions and leadership in the larger community.
The Social Work Department strives to achieve its mission by providing access to a quality, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited education that offers a range of learning experiences and opportunities for students to develop and apply social work knowledge, values, ethics, and skills.
The Social Work Department’s degree programs are designed to prepare students for practice with client systems of various sizes and types. A recent study revealed that 96 percent of EU social work graduates obtained professional employment in the field. Majors in the Department's BSW degree program have had considerable success in admission to graduate schools.
Edinboro University's Master of Social Work program prepares graduates to work in a wide range of practice settings. These include family-based and mental health agencies, addiction treatment centers, schools, medical and psychiatric facilities, rehabilitation and correctional facilities, hospitals, veterans' agencies, foster care and adoption agencies, nursing homes, policy settings, within the military, and in private practice.
The Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Edinboro University is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge, values and skills for competent and effective beginning-level generalist social work practice and for a commitment to social and economic justice, cultural competency, advocacy for oppressed and at-risk populations, lifelong learning, and active participation, contributions, and leadership in the larger community.
The social work minor will provide students with an overview of the social work field, including its professional values, ethics, and theoretical foundation. Students will take courses focusing on the history of social work and social welfare, human diversity, theories of human behavior, and social welfare policy. The social work minor will encourage students to explore social work as a complementary field to other related areas, such as psychology, sociology, and criminal justice.