Credential, Certificate, Training, and Stipend Opportunities

Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance

The PPS Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance equips graduates for employment in social work services within P-12 school settings. This credential can be incorporated as part of the MSW degree program and clinical practice specialization, and is also available to post-MSW graduates. Learn how to support children, parents, and school personnel while shaping a responsive environment to help children succeed academically and thrive emotionally. Explore the PPS Credential program.

Human Services Management Certificate

Through a partnership with The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM), APU Master of Social Work students taking the Community Leadership and Program Administration specialization can also earn a Human Services Management Certificate, under the advisement of a faculty member. The MSW program, including its management content, prepares students for fulfilling administrative and leadership roles, and the Human Services Management Certificate helps them develop their leadership skills and launch their careers in management. The competencies outlined by the NSWM speak to areas of great importance to the social work profession, and to successful leadership and management within health and human services.

Certificate coursework comprises five courses, four of which are part of the specialization curriculum, so students need to complete only one additional elective course (SOCW 543 Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Fiscal Decision Making) to be eligible for the certificate. Eligible students pay a $50 fee for the certificate, which will be issued at the MSW graduation banquet held a few days prior to commencement.

For more information on the certificate, contact Karen Maynard at or (626) 857-2400.

Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC)

Azusa Pacific University is a member of the Southern California Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC), which brings together the social work departments of eight universities in the greater Los Angeles area and 12 Centers of Excellence, which are agencies that focus on specialized training, advocacy, and service delivery for older adults. GSWEC provides a directed social work field education experience for students who want to develop skills in working with older adults and their families.

Students who apply for GSWEC are eligible to interview for placements at one of the Centers of Excellence, which offer opportunities in hospital settings, outpatient care management, veterans’ facilities, behavioral health, substance abuse, dementia patients and caregivers, and more. With a focus on leadership skills, the students attend a series of seminars and trainings arranged by GSWEC member agencies. Specialization-year students, in either the clinical specialization or community specialization, are eligible to apply for this program, which offers a stipend with no work/payback requirement. The recruitment process begins in January of the student’s foundation year.

For more information on GSWEC, contact Jean Un at or (626)815-6000, Ext. 2767.

Title IV-E L.A. DCFS Internship Program

The L.A. DCFS Internship Program is offered under the IV-E provision of the Social Security Act, with the goal of strengthening professional social work practice in public child welfare agencies. This stipend opportunity is offered through a federally funded program in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and six other partnering Los Angeles-area MSW programs. This stipend provides financial support to MSW students interested in child welfare in exchange for a commitment to work with Los Angeles County DCFS.

The L.A. DCFS Internship Program provides a stipend in the amount of $18,500 per year, for two-year, full-time MSW students in the Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families specialization. Six stipends are awarded annually. Applications can be submitted concurrently with MSW program applications. Title IV-E Stipend applications must be received by March 20, 2020. You may submit your application.

L.A. DCFS Internship Program Information Meetings

  • Wednesday, March 11, 7-7:45 p.m., Wynn Academic Center, Room 111

Direct questions to Virginia Olivas, MSW, L.A. DCFS internship program coordinator, Department of Social Work, at

Program Eligibility

  • Confirmed admission to Azusa Pacific University’s two-year MSW program with a specialization in Clinical Practice with Individual and Families.
  • Confirmed acceptance by DCFS into the Title IV-E Stipend Program.

Program Requirements

  • Complete an interview process on campus designed to assess interest in and level of commitment to public child welfare.
  • Complete an interview process at DCFS designed to assess interest in and level of commitment to public child welfare.
  • Be accepted into the child welfare stipend program by DCFS.
  • Pass the LA County DCFS hiring standards including:
    • Prescreening for county employment including fingerprinting, psychological examination, and medical examination.
  • Adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade-point average with a grade of B- or higher in each course.
  • Successfully complete and receive a grade of B- or higher in all field courses.
  • Complete the required UCCF Title IV-E Stipend Orientation.
  • Complete the required MSW and Specialized Child Welfare curriculum, including:
    • SOCW 537 Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and Diagnosis
    • SOCW 546 Family Therapy in Context
    • SOCW 541 Capstone Leadership Project with Focus on Child Welfare Population, Issue Area, or Service Delivery System
  • Successfully complete the first year of fieldwork placed in a nonprofit agency serving IV-E-eligible children.
  • Successfully complete the second year of fieldwork with DCFS.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance, and secure the use of a car, as required by fieldwork.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permission to legally work in the country.
  • Attend specialized training seminars and activities throughout the year.
  • Sign a contract to secure full-time employment with DCFS for two (2) years—one year of employment for each year of receiving the stipend.
  • Repay the stipend if the student is unable to successfully complete any of the program requirements while in the MSW program.
  • Repay the stipend if the student fails to obtain full-time employment for DCFS postgraduation.

Field Internships

Foundation Year (Year 1)

  • Stipend awardees are required to complete their first year of internship at a nonprofit agency serving Title IV-E-eligible children.
    • Agencies that meet the Title IV-E Stipend requirement include foster family agencies, adoption agencies, child/youth residential homes, and school-based behavioral health programs serving high-risk youth.
    • These internships are designed to develop independent, critical thinkers with specialized skills valuable in serving diverse people in a variety of ways. Interns will intervene with families and facilitate change in communities and the environment.

Specialization Year (Year 2)

  • Students are required to complete their second year of field placement at DCFS.
    • Interns work under the supervision of Children Social Workers (CSWs) in Continuing Services and Emergency Response units.
    • Continuing Services units utilize the family’s strengths, conduct ongoing needs assessments, and provide resources in order to preserve or reunify a child within the family.
    • Emergency Response units conduct risk/safety assessments utilizing teaming and engagement in an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of children and their families.

MSW students who are interested in exploring a career in public child welfare are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by March 20, 2020.

Final Title IV-E Stipend awards are contingent upon final funding of the Title IV-E Stipend UCLA Subaward Grant, anticipated July 1.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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