Become a Social Worker in South Dakota

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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 South Dakota, contact the South Dakota Social Work Licensing Board.

South Dakota law recognizes four classes of social workers: Certified Independent Practice Social Worker (CIPSW), Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA). 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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South Dakota CSW-PIP (Certified Social Worker – Private Independent Practice)

South Dakota CSW-PIP Education Requirement:  A doctorate or master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited social work program

South Dakota CSW-PIP Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical or Advanced Generalist Level Examination

Field Requirement: Two years of supervised clinical experience in the intended practice area

Fee: $210 application fee, $260 ASWB exam

Additional Information: Applicants must be licensed as Certified Social Workers.

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 30 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $210 renewal fee

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South Dakota Social Worker

South Dakota Social Worker Education Requirement:  Baccalaureate degree in social worker or a social welfare program from a CSWE-accredited social work program OR baccalaureate degree in another field, plus two years’ experience in the social work field and completion of Board-approved courses equivalent to a social welfare program

South Dakota Social Worker Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Examination

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $130 license fee; $230 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: None

Endorsement: Available upon Board approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 30 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $130 renewal fee

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South Dakota Certified Social Worker

South Dakota Social Worker Education Requirement: A master’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program or a DSW degree

South Dakota Social Work Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Master’s Level Examination

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $170 license fee; $230 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: None

Endorsement: Available upon board 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 $170 renewal fee

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South Dakota SWA (Social Work Associate)

South Dakota SWA Education Requirement: Baccalaureate degree in a non-social work field or discipline or an Associate of Arts degree in the human services approved by the board

South Dakota SWA Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Exam

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $90 application fee, $230 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: None

Endorsement: None

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 $90 renewal fee.

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

South Dakota Social Work Salary

South Dakota Social Work Salary
South Dakota Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $39,770External link
Healthcare Social Workers $43,270External link
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $37,050External link
All Other Social Workers $69,850External link
Salary Increase from BSW to MSWExternal link +$9,000

Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in South Dakota is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 8/22/2018.

South Dakota Social Work Scholarships

South Dakota State Loan Repayment Program

Type: Loan Repayment

Amount: $19,000 to $35,000

Description: This program provides for the repayment of qualifying education loans for health professionals. In return, the health professional commits to fulfill a service obligation in an eligible practice site within a federally designated health professional shortage area for a minimum of two years. Loan repayment amounts for a two-year contract are $19,000 for non-physicians. Non-physicians can contract up to three years and receive $35,000.

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.