The MTC-MSW Program is dedicated to the enhancement of human well-being, diversity, and social justice through developing and improving systems of public social services, especially for children and families, by offering graduate training in Social Work with a hybrid model of delivery.
The Mid-Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work (MTC-MSW) Program brings together three institutions of higher education in Tennessee who collaboratively offer the MSW degree:
- Austin Peay State University,
- Middle Tennessee State University, and
- Tennessee State University.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the accrediting body for Social Work. It is important that your degree be accredited by the CSWE, as this accreditation of your degree is one requirement for licensure as a social worker. All three universities in this collaborative program have accredited bachelor of social work degrees and are therefore experienced in the accreditation process.
Any new social work education program, such as the MTC-MSW Program goes through a planned developmental process as it seeks its initial CSWE accreditation. The first major step in this process is attaining what is called "candidacy," and we are pleased to report that CSWE's Commission on Accreditation granted candidacy status to the MTC-MSW Program in June 2010. Students admitted during the academic year in which candidacy is granted will be considered as having graduated from an accredited program once initial accreditation is granted. As students in a new program, you will hear about the progress of the program as it moves from candidacy to initial accreditation.
CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION
This is one program that has three locations.
The program is designed for the working professional with on-campus courses offered in the evening and the remaining classes offered online.
Individuals who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 are eligible for advanced standing.
The purposes of social work education are
- to prepare competent and effective professionals,
- to develop knowledge, values, skills and
- to provide leadership in the development of service delivery systems.
Through the foundation curriculum level (30 credit hours) and/or the concentration curriculum (30 credit hours) of the MTC-MSW Program, the student is prepared for Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice.
The concentration curriculum:
- requires greater theoretical and methodological sophistication,
- enhances the student's skill to address issues of economic and social justice with oppressed populations
- advances the integration of research into advanced practice,
- applies greater depth in the provision of direct or indirect service
- supports interdisciplinary collaboration as well as public-private partnerships, and
- provides the skills to function as administrators, supervisors, policy analysts, and social planners.
Competent advanced generalist practice entails a dual responsibility: serving clients directly while building system capacities to improve programs and services.
Vicki Gardine Williams, LAPSW, ACSW
Social Work Program Director and Professor
Dr. Rebecca Moore, Ph.D, LMSW
Associate Professor, Field Education Coordinator & Advisor, MTC-MSW Program
Dr. Nia Cantey, Ph.D, MSW
Associate Professor, Advisor, MTC-MSW Program
If you have questions relating to this program, please contact us.
* All application materials should be submitted directly to the
School of Graduate Studies and Research
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
MSW Handbook (PDF)
Program of Study and Advancement to Candidacy (PDF)
MTC-MSW Course Checklist (PDF)
Field Education Manual (PDF)
MSW Foundation Contract
MSW Concentration Contract
Field Placement Directory
2009 Intersections Article (PDF)
August 2010 (PDF)
Fall 2011 Newsletter
STUDENT PROJECTS (Under construction)