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College of Education & Social Work

Candidate Services - Social Work Candidacy Process

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College of Education & Social Work

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West Chester, PA 19383

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CANDIDATE SERVICES - Social Work Candidacy Process

Social Work Candidacy

Candidacy is the application process which all undergraduate Social Work students must complete in order to progress academically in their major and be admitted to a field course and site placement.  Prior to applying to Candidacy, students progress academically through Pre-Candidacy; generally the first two years of general education and pre-candidacy coursework.



  • Complete Social Work Pre-Candidacy classes: SWO 200, SWO 220, SWO 225, SWO 300, SWO 320, SWO 332, and SWO 350.
  • Made satisfactory progress in completion of general education coursework
  • WRT 120, WRT 200, SOC XXX, PSY 100, PSC XXX, BIO XXX, and HIS XXX
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Your Candidacy Application Must Include:

  • Personal Data form
  • Unofficial WCU transcript
  • WCU Degree Progress Report
  • Signed Professional Behavior Agreement form
  • Signed & Completed Verification Form confirming completion of the 20 hour Volunteer Service Requirement
  • Letter of Recommendation (from a non-family member) who can vouch for and recommend the student as possessing the qualities and characteristics of a good social worker.

Other Requirements for Candidacy:


Application Process:

Any undergraduate student should follow this process in navigating the Pre-Candidacy period and applying for Candidacy:

  • Obtain and complete the Candidacy application.
  • Confirm completion or concurrent enrollment of required coursework via unofficial WCU transcript
  • Scan all required documentation and upload all required documents to the Candidacy Process Submission Folder on D2L located under:
    • Assessments -> Assignments -> 
    • Then choose which campus you are enrolled at:
    • 19-20 BSW Candidacy Application Process - Main Campus
    • 19-20 BSW Candidacy Application Process - Philadelphia Campus


Your Candidacy Application Must Include:


  • Please read this section for more information about the field education & placement process for Social Work majors (at both West Chester Main Campus and Philadelphia Campus).

    West Chester Students: 
    Contact Janet Bradley, Field Director, if you are in West Chester.

    Philadelphia Students:

    Contact Keisha Kelley, Field Director, if you are in Philadelphia.

  • Keep in mind that to be considered for junior field, students must do the following:
    • Successful complete SWO 200, 220, 225, 300, 320, 332, and 350 by the end of this semester
    • Have a GPA of 2.5 or better
    • Be accepted into candidacy (students can begin to interact with the placement process if they have completed and submitted their candidacy application and are just awaiting acceptance of their application)

  • The field placement process, and to successfully enroll in SWO 375, includes:
    • Submitting candidacy application by October 1st and being accepted to candidacy.
    • Schedule an individual meeting to discuss junior field with the Field Director. (Junior year students expecting to register for SWO 375 should expect a link to be emailed to them.
    • Complete a field application on TK20, directions listed here.
    • Upload an up-to-date resume into TK20.  Your resume will be shared with potential field sites so please make sure it is formatted and free of grammar and spelling errors.
    • Attend an interview with potential field placement site.
    • Be accepted to field placement site (process clearances and other items as requested by site).
    • Start SWO 375 in Spring of that next semester.
    • Students are not to find their own field placement.  They will work with the Field Director to secure a field placement.

  • Prior to your interview at the potential field site:
    • Research the mission of the site and population served by checking their website as well as articles about the organization.
    • Review the attached forms to frame your questions for your interview.

Candidate Services

Suite 107, Wayne Hall
125 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA, 19383 
Fax: 610-436-2874

Paul Whalen, M.A. 
Academic Coordinator 

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Department of Social Work
Social Work Website
Dr. Pablo Arriaza
Department Chair

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