It is a privilege to teach, to walk briefly with students on their journey through Clarke. I believe it must begin with the student’s reality. My responsibility is to listen carefully to each student, teach, and guide. In all things I strive to be consistent in my expectations and my presence emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.
You’ve got the dream and drive to provide compassionate services that help change lives. With a Clarke social work degree, you’ll obtain tangible skills and hands-on experience to make a difference in the lives of others. As a multidisciplinary profession, social work requires understanding in psychology, sociology, biology, and spirituality. You’ll learn theory, research, and practice skills from a diverse group of experienced faculty members. This background serves as a foundation for the many fields of professional social work.
As a professional program, the academic work culminates in a 440-hour field practicum with an area agency. Clarke students graduate as competent professionals ready to work with colleagues and clients in a range of settings. You’ll perform research for area social service agencies early in your program of study and earn your final nine credits working in a human service agency under the supervision of professional, close-knit staff.
- Students spend their final two semesters learning and working at their field practicum.
- Students select from over 100 local agencies for their field practicum.
- Students are involved in service learning projects each semester.
- Students with a BSW can enter graduate school with advanced standing and receive an MSW in one year.
Admission to Clarke University
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
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I am always prepared to share knowledge, to facilitate discussion and activities, to provide learning opportunities, and to evaluate the course and students’ effort.
My enthusiasm for my students’ ideals and potential, I hope, provides encouragement and inspiration for them to believe in themselves and begin to impact the world around them.
I strive to create a classroom environment built upon respect and dignity.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
At Clarke, I had leadership and professional development opportunities I would have never had at a larger school, including social work internships and being president of the Social Work Club.
Finding my niche and having faculty support, encourage, and show genuine interest in me helped me realize, or re-discover, that I CAN accomplish things. I am currently employed at Crescent Community Health Center as a social worker and it is my passion.
My educational experience in Clarke’s social work program greatly exceeded expectations by allowing me to learn from knowledgeable professors with years of experience. The small class sizes and individualized attention I received helped me to better develop my skill set to begin my Master of Social Work degree.
Average salary for a social worker in 2017.
Percent employment for social workers is expected to increase through 2026, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics; the need for mental health and medical social work will be even greater.
The one-to-one learning that happens at Clarke means students succeed at securing internships and career opportunities.