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South Dakota Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in South Dakota

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in South Dakota. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners at (605)-642-1600 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your South Dakota Social Work License:

Step One:

Successfully complete the educational requirements for your desired South Dakota social work licensure:

  • Social Work Associate (SWA) - A SWA licensure requires a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited school. Explore bachelor degree programs in psychology here.
  • Social Worker (SW) - For the SW licensure, you will need a bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school.
  • Certified Social Worker (CSW) - For the CSW, you will need at least a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.
  • A Certified Social Worker in Private, Independent Practice (CSW-PIP) must hold a current CSW license and therefore must have at least a masters degree in social work from an accredited school as well.

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Step Two:

Complete the required work experience associated with you desired South Dakota social work licensure:

  • For the Social Work Associate (SWA), the Social Worker (SW), and the Certified Social Worker (CSW) licensure, there is no work experience required.
  • A CSW-PIP licensure will need 2 years of supervised work experience.

Information about the hours needed and supervision can be found on the following South Dakota Legislature webpage.

Step Three:

Next you will need to submit the appropriate South Dakota social work licensure application to the South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners. Along with your application, include all necessary supporting documents, a letter of professional reference and necessary fees (you will also need to have official transcripts sent directly from your educating institution to the Board).

You may download the application here.

Step Four:

Once the Board has approved your application, you will be notified of your eligibility to take the appropriate level exam. You will find information about the exams here.

Good Luck!

South Dakota Social Work Schools & Colleges
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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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  • 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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  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
  • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Part of the Colorado State University System.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
  • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Part of the Colorado State University System.
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  • Ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges in the South in 2015.
  • Ranked #23 for The 30 Best Online Colleges in 2014 by TheBestSchools.org.
  • Offers innovative and unique degree programs that cater to the demands of the local economy. 
  • Proud to be a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF).
  • Has a main campus in Boca Raton, Florida, with additional locations in Orlando and Sarasota.
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  • Ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges in the South in 2015.
  • Ranked #23 for The 30 Best Online Colleges in 2014 by TheBestSchools.org.
  • Offers innovative and unique degree programs that cater to the demands of the local economy. 
  • Proud to be a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF).
  • Has a main campus in Boca Raton, Florida, with additional locations in Orlando and Sarasota.
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