Social Work Department
Dr. Elaine Rinfrette
The Department of Social Work prepares BSW and MSW graduates for competent and effective social work practice and for a career committed to the importance of human relationships, social and economic justice, cultural competency, advocacy for oppressed and at-risk populations, lifelong learning, and active participation, contributions and leadership in the larger community.
The program strives to achieve its mission by providing access to a quality, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited education that offers a range of learning experiences and opportunities for students to develop and apply social work knowledge, values, ethics, and skills.
Program requirements are designed to prepare students for practice with client systems of various sizes and types. A recent study revealed that 96 percent of EU social work graduates obtained professional employment in the field. Majors in the Department's degree programs have had considerable success in admission to graduate schools.
The Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Edinboro University is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge, values and skills for competent and effective beginning-level generalist social work practice and for a commitment to social and economic justice, cultural competency, advocacy for oppressed and at-risk populations, lifelong learning, and active participation, contributions, and leadership in the larger community.
The mission of the Master of Social Work Program of Edinboro University is to prepare students with professional knowledge, values, and skills for advanced social work practice. Our graduates are equipped to provide services across populations and settings through the integrative lens of trauma informed care principles and a family centered approach. Our mission is guided by the core values of the profession to create reflective social work practitioners who: empower oppressed and at-risk populations, appreciate the strengths of diversity, enhance communities, work towards social and economic justice, apply a person-in-environment perspective, and commit to lifelong learning.