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LEAD in Social Work Certificate

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Pam MacDill
pam.macdill@fsu.edu
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The Leadership in Executive and Administrative Development (LEAD) Certificate Program educates students about leadership theories and practices and provides students with leadership experience.

Learning about leadership gives students the skills that they need for middle and executive positions in social service organizations. An in-depth curriculum that emphasizes leadership, decision-making, client-centered management, team building, negotiating, budget and finance, and the successful management of grants guides our students in the direction of being able to successfully manage social service agencies.

Accreditation

Accredited through SACS and the Council on Social Work Education

Method of Delivery

Internet

Careers

The certificate may be valuable to professionals in middle and executive positions in social service organizations.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • SOW5376 Budgeting and Finances in Social Services (3)
    This course emphasizes the political and technical skills of budgeting and financial management, source development via grant writing and fundraising, government contracting, fiscal reporting, and payroll management.
  • SOW5377 Personnel Administration in the Social Services (3)
    This course develops students' skills in personnel management in human service organizations to ensure effective service delivery to clients. Attention is given to staff management approaches, staff supervision, employee recruitment and retention, motivation, job design, staff development, and issues of diversity.
  • SOW5435 Social Program Evaluation (3)
    This course presents the historical and contemporary importance of social program evaluation and research methods. The course focuses on applied qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods that are useful to managers, public administrators, and policy analysts. Particular emphasis is placed on evidence-based procedures/methods that will be useful for social work administrators for designing and carrying out an evaluation of social programs and policies. How programs and policies can further the cause of social and economic justice for oppressed and disadvantaged groups is also explored.
  • SOW5455 Grant Writing and Grant Management (3)
    This course covers the basics of proposals: purpose statements, background and justification, aims or objectives, personnel, time line, methods, budget, evaluation, and how to effectively manage grants once they are funded. The needs of disenfranchised groups or communities are discussed in this course, along with the particulars of proposals that may be most effective in meeting such needs.

Total Credit Hours

12

Prerequisites

All applicants must have a bachelor?s degree. Applicants can apply prior to taking any LEAD courses, but in accordance with the regulations of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Regulation 8.011(7)(b), ?Students are required to apply as soon as possible (and prior to completing the second course in the program), and must be notified as soon as possible whether they are accepted into the program.? Applicants who are degree-seeking need to be accepted to the College of Social Work and Florida State University.

Application Procedures

Prospective students must apply via the submission of a completed application package which includes a completed application form, proposed program of studies, two letters of support, a statement of career goals, and a copy of a current resume. For more information and to apply, visit http://csw.fsu.edu/academics/certificate-programs/lead-social-work-certificate/.

Program Requirements

Completion of all required core courses. Students must also pass the LEAD Certificate Exam with a 70% or better following completion of all courses and must complete the certificate within four years.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • SOW5435 Social Program Evaluation (3)
    This course presents the historical and contemporary importance of social program evaluation and research methods. The course focuses on applied qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods that are useful to managers, public administrators, and policy analysts. Particular emphasis is placed on evidence-based procedures/methods that will be useful for social work administrators for designing and carrying out an evaluation of social programs and policies. How programs and policies can further the cause of social and economic justice for oppressed and disadvantaged groups is also explored.


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