Develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin social work practice with the online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program from the George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University. You will establish the groundwork for a successful path leading to employment in the field of social work and be prepared to work with communities, groups, families, and individuals in a variety of settings as well as with diverse populations and problems. Graduates with the BSW degree are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the Aurora University Master of Social Work program.
Some courses in this program use open education resources (OER) in place of traditional textbooks. In those cases, this means digital, openly licensed content is available free of charge to students.
Build on your previously earned credit to begin your journey today with our CSWE-accredited social work program.
The undergraduate transfer program in social work is also offered at the AU Woodstock Center.
Aurora University’s online BSW provides you with a broad academic background and field instruction in social work. Each class is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience.
Students will have the unique opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-life situations through an internship. In addition to offering placement support, you’ll be paired with a faculty mentor in your field who will provide feedback on various internship-related assignments. Rest assured, you can complete your internship locally as well as at your current place of work, assuming it meets the program director’s requirements.Get Started
Effect positive change in your community and improve lives with the online Bachelor of Social Work specialization in addiction. This track equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a fulfilling and successful career supporting individuals and families experiencing substance abuse disorders. You'll receive guidance from expert faculty with experience in the social work field in addition to real-world applied practice through field work. Upon graduation, you'll be qualified to take the Illinois Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) examination for addiction treatment certification in the state of Illinois. You may also complete additional credits to prepare for the Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders certificate.
Complete the Bachelor of Social Work in Child Welfare track to gain Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) certification and Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol (CERAP). This specialization is taught by experienced faculty members who prepare students to support vulnerable children and families. After completing your degree, you’ll be eligible to obtain a Child Welfare Employee License (CWEL) upon employment at a child welfare agency.
Course details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.
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All AU Online students must have unrestricted access to a computer or mobile device with high-speed internet to participate in online courses. AU Online uses Moodle to host its online classes.
Students can transfer more than half the credits they need to successfully earn a four-year degree. Aurora University will accept up to 68 credits from a 2 year institution and 90 credits from a 4 year institution.