Become a Social Worker in Pennsylvania

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Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in Pennsylvania, contact the Pennsylvania Social Work Licensing Board.

Pennsylvania law recognizes two classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). The requirements are as follows:

FEATURED ONLINE MSW PROGRAMS

Featured Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL DESCRIPTION
Fordham University
  • Four main areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to the program.
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck Shool of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate school by U.S. News and World Report
  • Features virtual and in-person field education in or near student's own communities
Simmons University
  • Four Clinical Specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging
  • Three program tracks: Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended
These schools offer online MSW programs with 100% online instruction - no campus visits required

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Pennsylvania LCSW

Pennsylvania LSW (Licensed Social Worker)



In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Pennsylvania, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Pennsylvania can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Pennsylvania social work licensure policies available to you.

Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information. Last updated 09/05/2018.

Pennsylvania Social Work Salary

Pennsylvania Social Work Salary
Pennsylvania Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $42,860
Healthcare Social Workers $51,530
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $36,800
All Other Social Workers $63,310
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$9,000
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Pennsylvania is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 8/22/2018.

Pennsylvania Social Work Scholarships

For social work financial aid options, check out our social work scholarships page.

FEATURED ONLINE MSW PROGRAMS

Featured Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL DESCRIPTION
Fordham University
  • Four main areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to the program.
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck Shool of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate school by U.S. News and World Report
  • Features virtual and in-person field education in or near student's own communities
Simmons University
  • Four Clinical Specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging
  • Three program tracks: Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended
These schools offer online MSW programs with 100% online instruction - no campus visits required

Sponsored MSW Programs