Social Work and Education

Dual Degree Programs in Social Work and Education

Social workers and educators are deeply involved in working with children and families who are at risk. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for students to develop skills in both professional arenas and to take leadership in designing and administering creative direct service and programmatic responses to the changing needs of schools, families, and communities.

The program is a multifaceted course of study leading to two master’s degrees —

Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Education (EdM) in either Special Education or Educational Leadership or to an MSW and a doctorate in Special Education (EdD).

In Social Work, students may concentrate in either Clinical or Macro social work.

Program graduates are currently working in a wide variety of positions from early intervention programs to AIDS education, school administration and school social work to YMCA program planning. Some describe themselves as primarily social workers, others as primarily teachers/administrators, and still others as both.

The MSW/EdM program usually takes two and a half to three years of full-time study, though more time may be required if the student wishes to pursue teacher licensure. The MSW/EdD in Special Education program is contingent on completion of comprehensive examinations and dissertation research. Coursework takes about three years.

MSW/EdM Overview: 50 credits in SW, 24 credits in SED, 9 in either SW or SED

  • Students are expected to meet the core requirements of both Schools. Course savings come from the capacity to use electives in one program to take courses in the other School, and from a limited number of pre-approved courses that count for credit in both Schools.
  • Students may graduate with both master’s degrees with a total of 83 credits as opposed to 101 credits if the degrees were taken separately. Many students opt to take the maximum number of courses covered by their tuition.
  • Students starting at the School of Social Work will find their first-year coursework similar to that of other social work students. In the second year, coursework is commonly done at both Schools. Students who start in the School of Education may count some of their education courses toward fulfilling the social work elective requirements.
  • With approval of the student’s advisor almost all education courses are open to dual degree students in fulfillment of their education degree.

The School of Education requires a field placement only for students who are seeking licensure. However, it is recommended for all students. The School of Social Work requires two social work field education internships for all students.
Whichever professional track you ultimately decide to pursue, we welcome your interest, as well as your questions. For more information about our program, please visit our Dual Degree Bulletin page.

Please feel free to contact us:

School of Social Work

Trudy Zimmerman
Assistant Dean, Field Education
(617) 353-3754

School of Education

Special Education
Donna Lehr, PhD
Associate Professor
(617) 353-3240