Become a Social Worker in Missouri

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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 Missouri, contact the Missouri Social Work Licensing Board.

Missouri law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker (LAMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW). 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
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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Missouri LAMSW (Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker)

Missouri LAMSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited program

Missouri LAMSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Advanced Generalist Level Examination

Field Requirement: 3,000 hours over a period of 24 to 48 months

Fee: Fee Scale for Application: Oct. 1 to Jan. 31 — $60; Feb. 1 to May 31 — $45; June 1 to Sept. 30 -$30; $60 application fee; $260 ASWB examination fee and background check fee (varies according to location)

Additional Information: Applicants must hold licensure as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).

Endorsement: Available upon committee approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 30 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $58 renewal fee.

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Missouri LCSW

Missouri LCSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited program

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

Field Requirement: 3,000 hours over a period of 24 to 48 months

Fee: Fee Scale for Application: Oct. 1 to Jan. 31 — $60; Feb. 1 to May 31 — $45; June 1 to Sept. 30 -$30; $260 ASWB examination fee and background check fee (varies according to location)

Additional Information: Applicants must hold licensure as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

Endorsement: Available upon committee approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 30 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $58 renewal fee.

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Missouri LMSW

Missouri LMSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited program

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

Field Requirement: None

Fee: Fee Scale for Application: Oct. 1 to Jan. 31 — $60; Feb. 1 to May 31 — $45; June 1 to Sept. 30 -$30; $230 ASWB examination fee and background check fee (varies according to location)

Additional Information: None

Endorsement: Available upon committee approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 30 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $58 renewal fee.

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Missouri LBSW (Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker)

Missouri LBSW Education Requirement: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited program

Missouri LBSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Examination

Field Requirement: None

Fee: Fee Scale for Application: Oct. 1 to Jan. 31 — $60; Feb. 1 to May 31 — $45; June 1st to Sept. 30 -$30; $60 application fee; $230 ASWB examination fee and background check fee (varies according to location)

Additional Information: LBSW applicants can earn an independent designation by working 3,000 hours under supervision over a two to four year period.

Endorsement: Available through committee approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 30 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $58 renewal fee.

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

Missouri Social Work Salary

Missouri Social Work Salary
Missouri Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $37,050
Healthcare Social Workers $45,620
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $34,710
All Other Social Workers $57,870
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 Missouri is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 8/22/2018.

Missouri Social Work Scholarships

Health Professional Loan Repayment

Type: Loan Repayment

Amount: Up to $50,000

Description: The Health Professional Loan Repayment Program is the repayment of outstanding education loans in exchange for providing primary health care services in areas of need in Missouri. There is a minimum two-year contract required, and the maximum loan repayment amount for licensed clinical social workers is $50,000 per year.

National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Graduate Scholarship Program

Type: Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA) was established in 1941 with the purpose of uniting members to render charitable services that are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children, and to cooperate with other organizations performing similar services. Today, the growing Association continues with the focus of meeting the needs of children and youth in keeping with the NAJA slogan: Care Today – Character Tomorrow.

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

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Sponsored Online Social Work Programs
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.