From the University of Michigan School Master of Social Work

Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research MasterTrack™ Certificate

Explore fundamental concepts of social work and social justice in this series of courses from the #1 ranked School of Social Work in the United States.

Earn a powerful university-issued career credential in as little as six months.

The next session starts September 7, 2020

Enroll today to secure your spot!

Institution

Accelerate your Path to Degree

If you apply and are accepted into the full master's program, your MasterTrack™ Certificate reduces the credit hour requirement for the MSW from 60 to 45—the equivalent to completing a quarter of the program!

About this MasterTrack™ Certificate

Learn practice methods, advocacy, and social justice frameworks.

What you will learn

  • Apply key skills when working with individuals, families, communities, and organizations to promote positive changes and make a difference.
  • Integrate social justice values into social change processes and actions.
  • Understand the key knowledge bases and frameworks that social workers use to guide their work at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice.
  • Learn how social policies and research impact everyday practice.

Skills you will gain

  • Advocacy
  • Social justice frameworks
  • Role of social work in inter-professional practice
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Community organization
  • Interpersonal, organizational, and community level practice methods
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics
  • Globe

    100% online courses

  • Money

    $2,000

    Option to pay all at once, or in four separate installments.

  • Clock

    6-8 months to complete

    Upon launch of all program courses, time to complete will be reduced.

  • Beginner Level

    Beginner Level

    No prerequisites are required. However, if you are interested in pursuing an Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan, previous human service experience is strongly preferred.

  • Layer

    3 real-world projects

    Additional projects will be added soon.

  • Comment Dots

    English

  • Institution

    Accelerate Your Path to a Degree

    If you are accepted into the full master's program and meet program requirements, your MasterTrack Certificate qualifies you to complete your degree in 45 credits instead of 60 credits.

What is a MasterTrack™ Certificate?

With MasterTrack™ Certificates, portions of Master’s programs have been split into online modules, so you can earn a high quality university-issued career credential at a breakthrough price in a flexible, interactive format. Benefit from a deeply engaging learning experience with real-world projects and live, expert instruction. If you are accepted into the full master's program and meet program requirements, your MasterTrack Certificate qualifies you to complete your degree in 45 instead of 60 credits.

Graduation Cap

Master’s Degree Learning

Take an online module of a Master's degree program that features live expert instruction and feedback combined with interactive team-based learning.

Layer

Boost Your Career

Receive a university-issued MasterTrack Certificate from a top university that you can add to your resume and LinkedIn profile.

MembersMembers

Build Your Portfolio

Demonstrate your skills through real-world projects and create work samples that help you stand out in your job search.

Stacked File

Accelerate Your Path to a Degree

If you are accepted into the full master's program and meet program requirements, your MasterTrack Certificate qualifies you to complete your degree in 45 instead of 60 credits.

Interactive Learning Experience

You'll learn through readings, videos, graded assignments, real-world applied projects, and live global classroom sessions.

Live Global Webinars

Live Global Webinars

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Real-World Projects

Real-World Projects

6 Courses in this MasterTrack™ Certificate

Includes:

  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Live sessions and office hours
  • Real-world projects
  • Peer collaboration
  • Web and mobile access

Please note: This program is actively being developed. Courses and projects are subject to change.

Social Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change

In this course, you will learn how social workers in the United States engage in creating change and supporting the resilience of individuals, families and communities in this new era.

Learners will have an opportunity to explore the social work profession, the different roles of social workers in a range of settings, the cross cutting themes that guide social work practice, the history of social work, and current challenges.

Using a social justice lens, learners will reflect on current challenges facing the lives of individuals, families and communities and examine ways to advocate for needed changes.

Start September 7, 2020Clock2-3 hours per week
See all 6 Courses

Industry-relevant hands-on projects to build your portfolio

Policy Brief

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to synthesize policy information into an informative and appealing brief used to argue for the effective use of policy recommendations.

Interpersonal Practice Case Study

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Ongoing throughout Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups course.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to identify the inter-related issues involved in social work case management, and how to identify resources and strategies to apply to these situations.

Instructors

Daphne Watkins

Daphne Watkins

Director, Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Kristin Seefeldt

Kristin Seefeldt

Associate Professor of Social Work and Public Policy, University of Michigan and Associate Director Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan

Barbara Hiltz

Barbara Hiltz

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan and Academic Program Director, School of Social Work

Mary Ruffolo

Mary Ruffolo

Rosemary A. Sarri Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan

Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan

Frequently Asked Questions

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Coursera does not grant academic credit; the decision to grant, accept, or recognize academic credit, and the process for awarding such credit, is at the sole discretion of the academic institutions offering the MasterTrack™ Certificate program and/or other institutions that have determined that completion of the program may be worthy of academic credit. Completion of a MasterTrack™ Certificate program does not guarantee admission into the full Master’s program referenced herein, or any other degree program.