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Social Work

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Cedarville University offers a Christ-centered education to students who are preparing for professional careers in Social Work. The core of the professional curriculum is integrated with biblical concepts and values. This allows students to respond to human needs from a biblical world and life view. This careful integration is essential to developing Christian social workers who are caring, committed, and competent.

The Social Work Program at Cedarville University received initial accreditation from The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in June of 1998. CSWE reaffirmed the program in June 2002, in 2010, and most recently in June 2018.

Mission Statement

The Cedarville University Social Work Program develops competent servant leaders grounded in biblical truth to practice generalist social work in diverse settings worldwide advancing human and community well-being.


The goal of the social work program is to prepare future professional social workers, who are competent in the areas of:

  1. Serving diverse people groups and communities by treating all with dignity and respect, valuing all relationships.

  2. Addressing conditions, that limit human rights, promoting social and economic justice worldwide, and working toward the elimination of poverty with the underpinning component of enhancing the quality of life for all people.

  3. Practicing with competence and integrity using scientific inquiry and evidence based interventions.

  4. Applying the person and the environment construct to practice, understanding the impact poverty can have on social functioning.

  5. Ethically integrating faith and social work practice.


Graduates of the Cedarville University Social Work Program will demonstrate a basic level of competency in the profession of social work by:

  1. Integrating faith and practice through a process of ethical reasoning while respecting spiritual diversity.

  2. Evaluating multiple sources of knowledge and applying strategies of ethical reasoning to integrate knowledge and practice.

  3. Engaging effectively with diverse individuals, groups, communities, organizations and colleagues, being mindful of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences.

  4. Assuring continual professional development by practicing reflection and self-correction and managing personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice.

  5. Assessing client strengths and needs using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model and analyzing, formulating, and advocating for policies that advance social well-being, recognizing the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power.

Integration of Faith and Practice

A dynamic relationship exists between the Christian life and social work practice.

  1. Christians in social work ought not to be motivated by temporal wealth, power, or security.

  2. Christians in social work ought to examine and evaluate all human ideologies and social work theories and methods as to their consistency with the Bible, their consciences, social laws, and professional codes of ethics.

  3. Christians in social work ought to work for the temporal and external well-being of all human beings, and for the redemption of human communities and social institutions.

  4. Christians in social work ought to support and submit themselves to the highest standards of professional education, practice, and ethics. Christians in social work ought to use the insights of their faith in helping people, and to treat everyone as Jesus Christ would have them treated.

Taken from the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) Code of Ethics.


Cedarville University Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Education Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and competence of students graduating from the program.