SDE: School Social Work

School Social Work

School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers:

  • bring unique knowledge and skills to the school system and the student services team;
  • are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators, as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy;
  • are instrumental in furthering the mission of the schools, which is to provide a setting for teaching, learning, and for the attainment of competence and confidence; and
  • are hired by school districts to enhance the district's ability to meet its academic mission, especially where home, school, and community collaboration is the key to achieving student success.

Connecticut Requirements for Certification as a School Social Worker

The Connecticut State Department of Education requirements to become certified as a school social worker in Connecticut include the following:
  • Hold a Master’s degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education; and
  • Complete a course of study in special education comprised of not fewer than 36 clock hours, which shall include study in understanding the growth and development of exceptional children, including handicapped and gifted and talented children and children who may require special education; and methods for identifying, planning for, and working effectively with special-needs children in the regular classroom. This requirement does not apply to individuals who receive a MSW from an out–of-state school.
For more information or an application please contact:
Bureau of Certification and Professional Development
Connecticut State Department of Education
P.O. Box 150471 – Room 243
Hartford, Connecticut 06115-0471
Telephone: 860-713-6969
Fax: 860-713-7010

Responses to e-mails may take two weeks due to the volume of e-mails received.

Related Resources
CONTACT:  Scott Newgass at or 860-807-2044
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
Hartford, CT 06103-1841

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