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Master of Social Work Program

Department of Social Work


FPS/Abingdon Hybrid - Three-Year Part-Time Program

Application deadline - November 1st, 2018

The MSW program of East Tennessee State University is now being offered to three sites in far Southwest Virginia: Pounding Mill, Norton, and Galax. This exciting new initiative has resulted from a collaboration between ETSU and Family Preservation Services. The part-time traditional MSW program will be offered primarily via interactive video, combined with monthly on-site meetings at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in the last two years, and selected courses will be online. Degree completion is expected in three years plus one semester. Students will receive the educational foundation for several careers in social work, including the educational requirements to begin supervision towards the LCSW post-graduation.

Driving Directions

The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is conveniently located near Exit 14 off Interstate 81 in Abingdon, Virginia. SVHEC is a state of the art facility with comfortable classrooms and nearby restaurants and cultural attractions. 

ETSU’s MSW Program is certified to operate by SCHEV. 

Dr. Duncan-Daston

Rana Duncan-Daston, MSW, EdD
Clinical Associate Professor/Abingdon Coordinator
SWVA Higher Edu. Ctr.

Plan of Study
(63 credit hours)


Spring 2019
SOWK 5100 - Social Work Practice Foundations I (3 credits)
SOWK 5102- Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3 credits)

Summer 2019
SOWK 5202 - Human Behavior in the Social Env II (3 credits.)
SOWK 5203 - Social Work Practice Foundations II (3 credits)

Fall 2019
SOWK 5104 - Social Welfare Policy & Services (3 credits)
SOWK 5205 - Social Work Research (3 credits)



Spring 2020
SOWK 5220 - Social Work Practice Foundations III (3 credits)
SOWK 5430 - Psychopathology (3 credits)

Summer 2020
SOWK 5303 - Advanced Practice with Individuals I (3 credits)
SOWK 5106 - Foundation Field Practicum I (4 credits)     

Fall 2020
SOWK 5305 - Personal Practice Evaluation (3 credits)
SOWK 5206 - Foundation Field Practicum II (4 credits)


Spring 2021
SOWK 5403 - Administrative Practices in HSO (3 credits)
SOWK 5325 - Advanced Practice with Individuals II (3 credits)

Summer 2021
SOWK 5323 - Advanced Practice with Groups (3 credits)
SOWK 5306 - Advanced Field Practicum I (4 credits)

Fall 2021
SOWK 5313 - Advanced Practice with Families (3 credits)
SOWK 5406 - Advanced Practice Field II (3 credits) 

*** 2 floating electives are required. Student chooses the semester, course, and delivery (online or face-to-face). Approval by advisor is required.***

VDSS Child Welfare Employee Education Assistance Program

The Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Child Welfare Employee Education Assistance Program (CWEEAP) offers funding and specialized child welfare training to selected full-time local department of social services (LDSS) staff who are enrolled in a part-time MSW program. The CWEEAP is aimed at supporting LDSS employees who are committed to working in public child welfare in foster care/adoption following graduation.

  • CWEEAP Details
    • Provides funding to selected applicants on a reimbursement-basis, upon successful completion of each semester, for up to $2,500 (per semester, maximum $5,000 per calendar year) toward tuition and fees only.
    • Offered for full-time LDSS employees already enrolled in a part-time MSW program at participating universities with accredited Schools of Social Work (ETSU Abingdon Campus)
    • In exchange for the financial assistance, employees commit to work in the LDSS where currently employed (“Supporting Agency”) in foster care or adoption, following graduation - six (6) months of continuous, satisfactory work owed for every year of funding received.
    • Must have the support of Agency Director (indicated by submitting a signed Agency Letter of Support).
    • To ensure equitable access to the program, up to two (2) qualified applicants from each state region (Northern, Central, Eastern, Western and Piedmont) may be chosen, (depending on funding and qualified applicants) not to exceed ten (10) employees total.

Applications will be accepted for the 2019-20 academic year beginning January 2019.

Contact the VDSS State Coordinator for more information or to request application materials at  or (804) 726-7423.

Note: This program differs from the existing Employee Education Assistance Program available at some LDSS.  The CWEEAP should not be used to replace the Employee Education Assistance Program offered through LDSS, but can be used to support additional employees who are not receiving local agency EEAP funding.  


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