Become a Social Worker in Connecticut

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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 Connecticut, contact the Connecticut Social Work Licensing Board.

Connecticut law recognizes one class of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). The requirements are as follows:

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School Program Description
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
Fordham University
  • Four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
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
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  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available
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  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate School by U.S. News and World Report
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  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice

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Connecticut LCSW

Connecticut LCSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) or Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program

Connecticut LCSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination

Field Requirement: 3,000 hours of post-graduate social work experience, including a minimum of 100 hours of supervised by a licensed clinical or certified independent social worker

Fee: $315 application fee, $260 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: None

Endorsement: None

License Renewal: Renewal is required every year. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 15 continuing education contact hours (with exception of first license period) and payment of a $195 renewal fee.

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Connecticut LMSW

Connecticut LMSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) or Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program

Connecticut LMSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Master’s Level Examination

Field Requirement: 3,000 hours of post-graduate social work experience, including a minimum of 100 hours of supervised by a licensed clinical or certified independent social worker

Fee: $220 application fee; $230 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: None

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every year. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 15 continuing education contact hours and payment of a $195 renewal fee.

In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Connecticut, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Connecticut can only be reached after completing an on-campus or online MSW program. We are committed to keeping updated information on Connecticut 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 08/22/2018.

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Connecticut Social Work Salary

Connecticut Social Work Salary
Connecticut Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $67,780
Healthcare Social Workers $69,840
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $62,800
All other Social Workers $61,000
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 Connecticut is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/22/2018.

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Additional scholarship information is available on the national page of social work scholarships.

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School Program Description
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
Fordham University
  • Four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
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
Case Western Reserve University
  • From Case Western Reserve University’s top-10 ranked School of social work
  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School 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
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice

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Licensure information including requirements, renewals, and fees were retrieved as of August 2018. Information may have changed since, check with the state’s board of licensing for more information.