School of Graduate Studies

Empowering Students, Strengthening Families: Transforming Lives Through Compassionate School Social Work.

Are you passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of students? Our graduate program in School Social Work equips you with the specialized skills and knowledge to support the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students that can hinder their learning and development. Become a vital member of the school community, working closely with families, educators, and community resources to help students overcome challenges, improve their well-being, and unlock their full academic potential. With hands-on training and real-world experience, you'll be empowered to provide crisis intervention, conduct home visits, and connect students and families to critical support services. Take the first step towards a rewarding career where you can transform lives and create a brighter future for the next generation. Explore our graduate certification in School Social Work today!

Why UW-Whitewater?

  • Hands-on, clinical experience
  • Flexible schedule for busy professionals
  • Primarily asynchronous online coursework, with a few brief in-person learning experiences

School Social Work - Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in School Social Work is a 12-credit program. This program can be started in the spring, summer or fall terms, and at a pace that works best for you. Full-time students can finish in as little as a year.

For a comprehensive overview of the program structure and required courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

To qualify for admission to the certificate program, you must be enrolled in the Masters of Social Work Program at UW-Whitewater and meet graduate admission criteria.

Deadlines vary by term and are subject to change without notice. Accurate and up-to-date admission deadlines can be found on the graduate admission deadlines website.

If you do not meet the graduate admission criteria, please email us to determine if you could be admitted on a conditional basis.

International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for information and assistance.

Additional requirement for admission to the School Social Work certificate program:

  • Complete a background check through ViewPoint. Instructions can be found here.

This program at UW-Whitewater is a superior value at $560.56 USD per credit as a resident and $1,148.55 USD per credit as a non-resident for the 2023-24 academic year. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

Financial aid

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program only are not eligible for federal aid. 

Students completing a certificate with a degree program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. To find out if you qualify, or if you have other financial aid questions, contact the financial aid staff person assigned to you or try or 262-472-1130.

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Like to learn more about degree options through UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies? There are a few ways you can get the information you need. Visit our information sessions website to select a virtual information session related to the program you are interested in. You can also fill out a request for information to connect with an advisor who can discuss your goals and help guide you to the right program to pursue your dreams.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers an excellent opportunity to leverage your existing certificate coursework. Transfer up to 12-credits of your certificate coursework towards the master's degree, saving you time and money.

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