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Ohio Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Ohio

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Ohio. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board at (614) 466-0912 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Ohio Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete the education requirements for the particular licensure best fit for you:

  • Social Worker Assistant (SWA) licensure requires you to have at least an associate degree from an accredited school.
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) licensure requires at least a bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school.
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure requires all candidates to have at least a master's degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Work experience requirements for associated Ohio social work licensure:

  • Social Worker Assistant (SWA) - No experience is required
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) - No experience is required
  • A Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) candidate needs to complete two years of supervised work experience once they have completed a masters degree program and have received the LSW license.

More information about the required work experience and qualifying supervisors can be found by downloading the Laws and Rules off the following Ohio Board's webpage.

Step Three:

To be approved to take the examinations for LSW or LISW, you will need to apply online to the Ohio Board.

You can apply to sit for these examinations by completing the following online application process, click here. A SWA needs to download the application or apply online. Once the Board has reviewed and approved your application, supporting documents, and fees, you will receive licensure as no exam is necessary.

Download the SWA forms here.

Step Four:

When the Board approves your online application the LSW and LISW will be approved to sit for the appropriate examination. A LSW will need to take the Bachelor's Examination while a LISW will need to take either the Clinical or Advanced Generalist Examination.

Both exams are developed by the Association of Social Work Boards and more information can be found on their website.

Step Five:

Once the Board has received all official documents and approved your application, you will be notified of your licensure eligibility.

This process can take some time, so being aware of deadlines and keeping your Ohio Social Worker license active is important.

Ohio Social Work Schools & Colleges
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  • A public institution founded in 1766, it has a main campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey and offers many programs online.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and 38% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate  is 91.8%.
  • Famous alumni include chef and restauranteur Mario Batali, author Junot Diaz, actor James Gandolfini, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
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  • A public institution founded in 1766, it has a main campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey and offers many programs online.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and 38% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate  is 91.8%.
  • Famous alumni include chef and restauranteur Mario Batali, author Junot Diaz, actor James Gandolfini, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs and Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Financial aid is available for students who quality, with more than $1,000,000 through 10 scholarships.
  • Offers 24/7 student services, including financial aid help, course registration, and career counseling.
  • Students may opt in for a two week, risk-free trial period.
  • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs and Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Financial aid is available for students who quality, with more than $1,000,000 through 10 scholarships.
  • Offers 24/7 student services, including financial aid help, course registration, and career counseling.
  • Students may opt in for a two week, risk-free trial period.
  • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • Online Programs
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  • A contemporary, career-focused institution of higher education dedicated to excellence since 1902.
  • Has five schools of study offering more than 30 programs including business, IT, education and more.
  • Option to study online, at one of the 12 campuses in Indiana or Ohio, or a combination of both.
  • Academic advising provides students someone to answer questions and provide guidance.
  • Tutoring services available to help students master any assignments that give them trouble.
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  • A contemporary, career-focused institution of higher education dedicated to excellence since 1902.
  • Has five schools of study offering more than 30 programs including business, IT, education and more.
  • Option to study online, at one of the 12 campuses in Indiana or Ohio, or a combination of both.
  • Academic advising provides students someone to answer questions and provide guidance.
  • Tutoring services available to help students master any assignments that give them trouble.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Now school comes to you, making earning your college degree a real possibility.
  • Experience a new way of learning through the innovative online experience at Ashford University.
  • Earn the Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree you've always wanted.
  • Knowledge is everywhere, for everyone.
  • Now school comes to you, making earning your college degree a real possibility.
  • Experience a new way of learning through the innovative online experience at Ashford University.
  • Earn the Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree you've always wanted.
  • Knowledge is everywhere, for everyone.
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  • Formed in 2001, it has 28 locations across the United States.
  • Offers customized blend format of online and campus classes.
  • Extensive activity in the local campus communities.
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  • Formed in 2001, it has 28 locations across the United States.
  • Offers customized blend format of online and campus classes.
  • Extensive activity in the local campus communities.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • With 100,000+ students, it's the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation.
  • Since 1971, its mission has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5%.
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  • With 100,000+ students, it's the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation.
  • Since 1971, its mission has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5%.
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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