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How do I become a social worker? Do I need I have to take any special college classes?

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MOHAMMED’s Answer

HI Cait
It is possible in some jurisdictions to become a social worker without having a degree in social work, but in the majority of scenarios, either a bachelor's or a master's degree in social work (BSW or MSW) is required for a social work license. A master's degree is required by many jurisdictions, especially to practice clinical social work
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Megan’s Answer

Hi Cait! There are numerous career paths in Social Work. If you're just starting to explore this type of job, I would look into Bachelor's programs that offer a Social Work degree. Most colleges have specific coursework for Social Work and also have you participate in different types of internships, hands on labs, etc.

You could also look into Family & Child Development degrees, if a Social Work degree is not required for the future role that you're interested in. My original major was Family & Child Development - but I did complete some Social Work classes. I was originally interested in becoming a Child Life Specialist at a hospital. Good luck!
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