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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Overview of Requirements

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Goal of the Title IV-E MSW Child Welfare Program:

To provide financial support and educational resource to MSW students committed to a post-graduate career in public or tribal child welfare.

Primary elements of the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program:

  1. Financial support
  2. Educational/Programmatic Expectations and Requirements
  3. Employment Obligation
  4. Career Development and Support

1. Financial Support: Scholars are eligible to receive $3000 in the fall semester and $3525 in the spring and summer semesters for a total of $10,050 per academic year. Traditional program Scholars are eligible to receive the stipend for six semesters. Advanced standing Scholars are eligible to receive the stipend for three semesters.

2. Educational/Programmatic Expectations and Requirements: The Title IV-E Child Welfare Program includes many educational and professional development opportunities.  The stipend support is attached to the program. Specific IV-E programmatic requirements were developed to provide Scholars with enhanced learning to prepare them for practice in child welfare settings. Any student who receives the IV-E stipend at any point in their MSW career is considered a “IV-E Child Welfare” scholar and is therefore obligated to complete all associated programmatic requirements each year they are a scholar. The primary obligations for Scholars include:

  1. Completion of specific MSW courses (detailed below);
  2. Focus on child welfare within their MSW courses;
  3. Specialized IV-E Child Welfare advising with the MSW Title IV-E coordinator at least once a semester;
  4. Completion of one public or tribal child welfare field placement, at minimum. Generally this placement should be completed during Scholars’ Concentration year (second year). For full program Scholars their non-public/tribal placement must be completed at a child welfare related agency. These placements are identified in field materials or can be approved only in consultation with the MSW Coordinator.  
  5. Completion of 8-10 hours of professional development opportunties each fall and spring semester, and 4-5 in summer. 
  6. Completion of Child Welfare Foundation Training through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Welfare Training System (MNCWTS), preferably during Concentration year (detailed below);

3. Employment Obligation: The Title IV-E Child Welfare Program is not financial aid. Rather it is an employment repayment program. All graduates upon completion of the MSW programmatic requirements are obligated to search for, accept and remain employed in a public or tribal child welfare agency. The length of employment obligation is equal to the amount of time graduates were supported as Scholars. One semester of educational funding is equivalent to 4.5 months of employment obligation.  The total “payback” is dependent on whether the scholar completes the Traditional or Advanced Standing MSW Program.

Scholars remain in close contact with the MSW Title IV-E Coordinator through their employment obligation, at minimum. It is the goal of the Program to support Scholars throughout their employment search and employment “payback” obligation, as well as beyond. The Programs hopes to remain in contact with graduates beyond their obligation as a means of providing continuing education and career supports.

Child Welfare Foundation Training

Minnesota statute {Minn. Stat. 626.559, subd. 1a} requires that all newly hired child protection workers receive training provided through the CWFT. Once hired, counties, as well as the White Earth and Leech Lake tribes, send employees to complete this training. Child Welfare Foundation Training provides a skill-intensive foundation curriculum that combines classroom and computer lab training, as well as web-based training. CWFT includes the latest in child welfare practice reform philosophies, along with web-based training module post-tests and supervisor resource pages.

CWFT consists of three classroom trainings and thirteen web-based modules. Given the advanced coursework scholars will have completed, MSW IV-E Scholars will not be required to complete the first classroom training and will receive a waiver from the CWTS. Child Welfare scholars must complete web-based modules 1-10 before entering Classroom 2 during fall semester. Classroom 2 provides Scholars with practical, hands-on knowledge around the life of a case, SSIS, and family assessments. During spring semester, IV-E Scholars will complete web-based modules 11-13, and finish Classroom 3. Classroom 3 again provides training around SSIS, with a focus on family investigations.

Both classroom trainings are three days long each, for a total of six days of in-person training and 21-25 hours of web-based training. At the conclusion of Classroom 3, IV-E Scholars will receive a Certificate of Completion from the MNCWTS, which will provide Scholars with an advantage in their public and tribal child welfare job search.

All IV-E Scholars will complete CWFT during their concentration year, while in their primary public or tribal child welfare placement. The content of the training will be directly applicable to this placement and will include case consultations and discussion guides to guide conversation with your field instructor/task supervisor.

CWFT will be advantageous in IV-E alumni job search. Currently counties and tribes hiring new child welfare employees must release employees to complete this training. With this training completed, IV-E alumni will be more competitive in the job market. Additionally, the training will enhance IV-E field experiences with the development of hands on skills, case consultations, and field instructor/supervisor discussion guides.

There are a few circumstances that will exempt IV-E Scholars from completing this requirement. Current county or tribal employee who have completed CWFT or its equivalent (previously referred to as “CORE”) will not be expected to complete it again. There will be additional requirements for Scholars who are exempt. Additional requirements are co-developed with the Director of Professional Education, Liz Snyder. Additional learning requirements will be comparable in terms of time commitment to the CWFT.

Overview of Education and Training of a Title IV-E Child Welfare Graduate

Traditional Program Scholars complete 59 credits (foundation + concentration) and for Advanced Standing Scholars (concentration) complete 34 credits

  • Foundation Year MSW Fall & Spring Classroom/hybrid: approximately 18-22 hours a week
  • Foundation Year MSW Fall & Spring, outside of class time: 54-66* hours a week or 756-924 hours total
  • Foundation Year MSW Summer Classroom: 8 hours
  • Foundation Year MSW Summer outside of clas time: 24* hours
  • Foundation Year Spring & Summer Field: 460 hours
  • Total for Foundation Year MSW Scholars = 1,182-1,438 hours
  • Concentration Year MSW  Fall & Spring Classroom/hybrid time: 18-22 hours a week
  • Concentration Year MSW Fall & Spring outside of class time: 54-66 hours or 756-924 hours
  • Concentration Year MSW Summer Classroom: 9 hours
  • Concentration Year MSW Summer out of class time: 27*
  • Concentration Year MSW Spring & Summer Field:  500 hours
  • Total for Concentration Year MSW Scholars = 1,327-1,503
  • Department of Human Services Child Welfare Foundation Training: WBTs  approximately 20 hours; Classroom Modules 42 hours;TOTAL: 62 hours** – completed, preferably,  in Concentration Year Professional Development hours: 8-10 clock hours in fall and spring semesters, 4-6 in summer semester. 

Estimated TOTAL Education & Training From All Sources: Traditional Program Scholars approximately 2,568-3,000 hours;  Advanced Standing Scholars 1,384-1,562 hours 

*Based upon the Graduate School expectation that 3 hours are spent outside of the classroom for each credit.
**This is an estimate. Individuals complete Web-Based Training modules at different rates