Become a Social Worker in Maine

Start your career with the spruce islands of Acadia National Park, the lobster shacks up the coast and a state-wide network of social workers 4,090 strong, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  So bring your unique set of skills in counseling, therapy and education to connect clients with public or private resources across the Pine Tree State.

Information below was retrieved May 2022 and is only meant to be a high-level overview. Requirements may change, always check with the state licensing board for complete and up to date information

Sponsored Online Social Work Programs

Howard University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The online Master of Social Work program from Howard University School of Social Work prepares students for advanced direct or macro practice in culturally diverse communities. Two concentrations available: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice. No GRE. Complete in as few as 12 months.

University of Denver

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The University of Denver’s Online MSW Program is delivered by its top-ranked school of social work and offers two programs. Students can earn their degree in as few as 12 months for the Online Advanced-Standing MSW or 27 months for the Online MSW.

Fordham University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fordham’s skills-based, online MSW program integrates advanced relevant social work competencies, preparing students to serve individuals and communities while moving the profession forward. This program includes advanced standing and traditional MSW options.

Simmons University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Aspiring direct practitioners can earn their MSW online from Simmons University in as few as 12 months. GRE scores are not required, and the program offers full-time, part-time, accelerated, and advanced standing tracks.

University of Southern California

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW@USC is the online Master of Social Work from top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. USC offers virtual and in-person field education, and students focus on adults, youth or social change.

Syracuse University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Syracuse University’s online Master of Social Work program does not require GRE scores to apply and is focused on preparing social workers who embrace technology as an important part of the future of the profession. Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks are available. 

Baylor University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Complete the Master of Social Work online program at Baylor University in as few as 12 months. Serve populations in Texas and around the world while ethically integrating faith and social work practice. No GRE required.

Case Western Reserve University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

In as few as a year and a half, you can prepare for social work leadership by earning your Master of Social Work online from Case Western Reserve University’s school of social work.

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Common Steps to Become a Maine Social Worker

Before becoming a social worker in Maine you must earn a bachelor’s level education in social work and a social work license depending on what career path you choose. Maine offers five types of social work licensure options: LSX (Licensed Social Worker, Conditional), LS (Licensed Social Worker), LM (Licensed Master Social Worker), MC (Licensed Master Social Worker, Conditional Clinical) and LC (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). There may also be additional requirements such as a background check and clinical supervision based on your goals. Below are the steps on how to obtain each type of license in Maine; this information was retrieved from the Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure as of March 2022.

To become a Licensed Social Worker, Conditional (LSX) in Maine, you must:

  1. Complete an approved Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program.
  2. Submit your application to the board, along with a $70 application fee.
  3. Undergo a required criminal background check, and pay a $21 fee.

To become a Licensed Social Worker (LS) in Maine, you must:

  1. Complete an approved BSW degree program.
  2. Submit your application to the board

To become a Licensed Master Social Worker (LM) in Maine, you must:

  1. Complete an approved MSW degree program.
  2. Submit your application to the board

To become a Licensed Master Social Worker, Conditional Clinical (MC) in Maine, you must:

  1. Complete an approved MSW degree program.
  2. Submit your application to the board

To become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LC) in Maine, you must:

  1. Complete an approved and accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program.
  2. Submit your application to the board

Social Work Degree Programs in Maine

Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs in Maine

MSW programs in Maine teach students advanced social work theories and practical knowledge. MSW programs include coursework on human development, social work policy, intervention and social work practice for poverty, oppression and trauma.

MSW students in Maine also complete a social work practicum where they’re able to get real social work practice under the supervision of a licensed Maine social worker. There are full-time, part-time and advanced-standing MSW programs available in Maine. The following are CSWE accredited or in candidacy MSW programs in Maine.

Online MSW Programs in Maine

There are two online MSW programs in Maine that are accredited by the CSWE and offered on at least a part-time basis with an advanced standing option.

The online MSW programs typically offer the same curriculum and coursework as traditional on-campus Florida programs. Students may also be taught by the same professors and complete fieldwork as part of the program.

Social Work Licenses in Maine 

Maine has five types of licenses for social workers: Licensed Social Worker, Conditional (LSX), Licensed Social Worker (LS), Licensed Master Social Worker (LM), Licensed Master Social Worker, Conditional Clinical (MC) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LC). While you may practice entry-level social work under the title of “social worker” with a bachelor’s degree, the Maine Board requires an MSW to practice more specialized social work. All information on LSX, LS, LM, MC and LC licenses listed below was retrieved from the State Board of Social Worker Licensure.

LSX Requirements in Maine

Becoming an LSX allows non-BSWs to practice supervised, non-clinical social work to ultimately qualify candidates for a full LS license.

  • Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree 
  • Field Requirements: None
  • Exams: None
  • License Renewal: 25 hours of professional development in continuing education

LS Requirements in Maine

Becoming an LS allows you to practice entry-level non-clinical social work. The first 3,200 hours under licensure must be supervised.

  • Education Requirement: Bachelor of Social Work degree
  • Field Requirements: None
  • Exams: ASWB bachelor’s exam
  • License Renewal: 25 hours of professional development in continuing education

LM Requirements in Maine

Becoming an LM allows you to practice advanced non-clinical social work without supervision upon earning your license.

  • Education Requirement: Master of Social Work degree
  • Field Requirements: None
  • Exams: ASWB master’s exam
  • License Renewal: 25 hours of professional development in continuing education

MC Requirements in Maine

Becoming an MC allows you to practice both clinical and non-clinical social work with limited supervision while working toward an LC license.

  • Education Requirement: Master of Social Work degree
  • Field Requirements: None
  • Exams: ASWB master’s exam
  • License Renewal: 25 hours of professional development in continuing education

LC Requirements in Maine

Becoming an LC allows you to provide clinical and non-clinical services while performing assessments, diagnoses and emotional and mental disorder treatments with no supervision required after licensure.

  • Education Requirement: Master of Social Work Degree
  • Field Requirements: None
  • Exams: ASWB clinical exam
  • License Renewal: 25 hours of professional development in continuing education

Social Work Salaries in Maine

Maine Social Work CareersNumber of Social Workers in MaineAnnual Mean Social Work Salary
Child, family and school social workers
1,750
$60,070
Healthcare social workers
540
$58,900
Mental health and substance abuse social workers
1,000
$58,830
Social workers, all other
550
$57,280

Information on the above social work salaries in Maine was retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: – Maine in May 2022.

Maine Social Work Scholarships 

For those just starting on their path to social work, there are state-wide scholarships and programs in place to assist you. While each state has different offerings, below are some scholarships to help you become an LSX, LS, LM, MC or LC in the state of Maine.

  • Catharine Wilder Guiles Scholarship: The Catharine Wilder Guiles Scholarship was established by the Maine Community Foundation to support students enrolled in the MSW program at the University of Maine. Scholarships will be awarded to social work students who are in good academic standing, with demonstrated commitment and potential to work in the non-profit mental health/behavioral health sector.
  • Coverdell Fellows Scholarship: The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The Coverdell Fellows program provides a great opportunity for returned Peace Corps Volunteers to continue their service to underserved communities while also pursuing graduate studies at a reduced cost.

Maine Social Worker Organizations

There are countless local and national associations and organizations with goals to promote, develop and protect the practice of social work and social workers. Better social work means better solutions for issues such as child and elderly welfare, healthcare reform, and other issues affecting the disadvantaged populations in Maine and beyond.

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)–Maine Chapter: The NASW–Maine Chapter is committed to advancing professional social work practice and to promoting human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for everyone. Its members are trained professionals who have bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in social work.
  • Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care: The Maine chapter is a group of social work leaders from varied employment settings who are committed to the social work ideals. Representation includes long-term care, hospitals, behavioral health organizations, and other healthcare settings, and the society has a strong relationship with the schools of social work in the state.
  • Social Work Student Organization: The purpose of the SWSO at the University of Southern Maine is to provide a forum to explore and discuss issues related to the development and the community of the undergraduate social work students. This organization seeks to facilitate communication between undergraduate students and faculty, ensure student involvement in departmental deliberations, provide for professional growth and respond to issues and problems in the community.

FAQ

Does Maine offer social work license reciprocity?

Maine allows licensure by reciprocity if out-of-state applicants meet the requirements for in-state social work. This includes educational prerequisites, a $116 fee, official ASWB exam scores and current license verification to be submitted on the Maine State Board of Social Work site.

What are the social work continuing education (CE) requirements in Maine?

Social workers must renew their license every two years. The renewal fee for each license is $70. Additionally, licensees must earn 25 hours of continuing education. To renew, complete the online renewal form and pay the associated fee.

What is the best way to look up my social work license in Maine? 

Search for your social work license at the Maine Board of Social Work Licensure search. The site’s options will allow you to search your name and find your license number, license status and details surrounding your professional information.

Last updated June 2022.