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.
Edinboro University's Master of Social Work program prepares graduates to work in a wide range of practice settings. These include family-based and mental health agencies, addiction treatment centers, schools, medical and psychiatric facilities, rehabilitation and correctional facilities, hospitals, veterans' agencies, foster care and adoption agencies, nursing homes, policy settings, within the military, and in private practice.