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Texas Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Texas...

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Texas. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners at (512) 719-3521 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Texas Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete educational requirements for your desired Texas social work licensure:

  • Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) - you will need a bachelors degree in social work from an accredited school.
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) both require a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Complete the necessary supervised professonal experience requirements:

  • No experience is required when applying for the Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) licensure and the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) licensure.
  • A LCSW applicant will need to acquire 3000 hours of supervised professional experience that has been approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

More information about the requirements and qualifying supervisors can be found on the following Texas Administrative Code webpage.

Step Three:

Next, you will need to submit the appropriate Texas social work licensure application to the Texas Board. You will need to include all supporting documents(proof of completion of the Jurisprudence examination) and fees (you will also need to have official transcripts sent directly from your educating institution to the Texas Board).

You may download the applications here. For information on how to complete the Jurisprudence examination, click here.

Step Four:

Once the Board has received and approved your application they will mail you a letter allowing you to sit for the appropriate level exam.

  • LBSW candidates will need to pass the basic or Bachelors exam.
  • LMSW candidates will need to pass the intermediate or master's level exam.
  • LCSW candidates will need to pass the clinical level exam.

Information about each exam can be found on the ASWB website.

Good Luck!

Texas Social Work Schools & Colleges
Note: This list also contains online schools that accept students from Texas.

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