Become a Social Worker in Texas

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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 Texas, contact the Texas Social Work Licensing Board.

Texas law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker-Advanced Practice (LMSW-AP), 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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Texas LCSW

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

Texas LCSW Exam: Texas Jurisprudence Examination, Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination (score of 70 or higher)

Field Requirement: 24 months and 100 hours of supervised (LMSW-AP) clinical experience

Fee: $111 application fee, $39 jurisprudence ASWB examination fee, $260 ASWB examination fee; if upgrading from LMSW only $20 fee is assessed

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 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of professional ethics and social work values and a $106 renewal fee.

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Texas LMSW-AP

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

Texas LMSW-AP Exam: Texas Jurisprudence Examination, Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Advanced Generalist Level Examination

Field Requirement: 24 months and 100 hours of supervised non-clinical experience

Fee: $111 application fee, $39 jurisprudence ASWB examination fee, $260 ASWB examination fee; if upgrading from LMSW only $20 fee is assessed

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 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of professional ethics and social work values and a $106 renewal fee.

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Texas LMSW

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

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

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $91 application fee, $39 jurisprudence ASWB examination fee, $230 ASWB examination fee; if upgrading from LBSW only a $20 fee is assessed

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 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of professional ethics and social work values and a $86 renewal fee.

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Texas LBSW

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

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

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $91 application fee, $39 jurisprudence ASWB examination 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 hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of professional ethics and social work values and a $86 renewal fee.

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In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Texas, you will need to fulfill prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in certain cases, supervised work requirements. Also, there are certain levels of social work in Texas that require a Master of Social Work to practice. We are dedicated to keeping up-to-date information about social work licensing in Texas available to you. If you are experiencing any difficulty finding the information you are looking for here, or for the most current social work license information for Texas, please visit the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.

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 08/21/2018.

Texas Social Work Salary

Texas Social Work Salary
Texas Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $43,980
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $57,980
Healthcare Social Workers $41,740
All Other Social Workers $69,860
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 Texas is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/21/2018.

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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.