Course Descriptions

The online Master of Science in Social Administration curriculum is comprised of 24 general credit hours and 36 specialized credits hours in:

Children, Youth and Families
Mental Health with Adults
Community Practice for Social Change
Field Education

General Courses

The following foundational courses (24 credits) are required for all traditional track MSSA students. Advanced Standing students receive credit for some or all of the required 24 credits.

SASS 426 Research Methods in Social Work, 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to research methods and tools used in social work. It includes qualitative and quantitative research content that provides an understanding of scientific, analytic and ethical approaches to building knowledge for practice. The content prepares students to develop, use and effectively communicate empirically based knowledge, including evidence-based interventions.

SASS 440 Human Development I: Child & Adolescent, 3 Credits

This foundation course examines theories and research on the biological, social, cultural and spiritual development from infancy through adolescence. Particular consideration is given to biological, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and environmental influences and their contributions to child and adolescent development. Social and economic influences like poverty, discrimination and parenting styles are also considered. The course considers how social work values, the impact and role of spirituality and the perspective of empowerment relate to development. Equal consideration is given to factors supporting individual development, such as the strength of sociocultural belief systems, health and capacity for resilience.

SASS 441 Human Development II: Adult, 3 Credits

This course builds on SASS 440 Human Development I (Child and Adolescent) by comparing the general themes of feeling (emotion), thinking (cognition) and acting (behavior) with adult emotional, cognitive and behavioral development. Students will understand the differences and similarities between earlier (child and adolescent) and later (adult, including older adult) emotional, cognitive and behavioral development by examining, across the life-span, the idea/concept of: (1) adult development as gains/losses, (2) adult development as plasticity and variation (i.e., development can take many forms and can change), (3) adult development as risks, conflicts, protective factors and resilience and (4) adult development as context (e.g., family, society, gender, culture, ethnicity, social class, discrimination, sexual orientation and socio-historical [i.e., cohort] contexts).

SASS 470 Social Policy, 3 Credits

This first semester foundation policy course examines the American social welfare system in a global context. It examines the philosophical, historical and socio/economic foundations of social welfare and the evolution of social policy and the social work profession in the United States. It then focuses on the problems of poverty and discrimination and analyzes the adequacy and effectiveness of policies and resulting programs designed to address those problems.

SASS 477 Direct Practice Foundation Methods and Skills, 3 Credits

The overarching goal of this course is to develop culturally competent social work generalist practitioners who are armed with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice ethically with individuals and families in diverse social work practice settings. This course is structured to include lecture and discussion (1.5 hours) and experiential laboratory (1.5 hours) learning. The lab portion provides the opportunity for students to practice skills and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and peers.

SASS 478 Macro and Policy Practice Skills, 3 Credits

The overarching goal of this course is to develop culturally competent social work generalist practitioners who are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice ethically with task groups, organizations and communities in diverse social work practice and policy settings. Additionally, as a second semester course, it will be built on first semester learning in the areas of social policy, diversity, discrimination and oppression.

SASS 484 Theories of Oppression and Social Justice, 3 Credits

This course provides students with a theoretical understanding of how oppression operates to restrict the life chances of members of minority and disenfranchised groups. Increasing knowledge is one component of valuing a diverse world; internalizing knowledge about the nature and dynamics of oppression is a fundamental dimension of the ability to value a diverse world and requires self-assessment and reflection on discrimination, oppression and privilege as components of individual insight.

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Children, Youth and Families Concentration

Help individuals and families through a diverse range of services, including marital therapy, family counseling, parent education and child welfare.

Specialized Courses – Traditional Track

SASS 517 Family System Interventions, 3 Credits

Students learn how to use a family systems framework to intervene with individuals and families experiencing difficulties (e.g., child behavior problem) or facing new challenges (e.g., adoption of a child). A family systems framework looks at individual behavior in the context of the family system and seeks to understand the purpose the behavior may serve in the family system. Interventions, whether individual or a family group, are designed to help the family system and its members negotiate their current situation more effectively and move to a new and more satisfactory level of functioning. Learning to think and intervene systemically requires mindfulness and practice, because it is a departure from the more dominant individually-focused framework that views complaints as individual problems in need of individually-focused interventions.

SASS 547 Problem Identification, Screening & Assessment/Diagnosis, 3 Credits

This course provides a bio-psycho-social approach to identification, screening, assessment and diagnoses of common psychosocial problems/dysfunctions experienced clients. This course introduces the student to the etiology, recognition and diagnoses of these problems in the context of social work practice. Through use of a competency-based model, students are introduced to techniques used to screen, assess and diagnose problems, such as serious mental illness, suicidality, depression and anxiety, substance abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and exposure trauma.

SASS 549 Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work, 3 Credits

This required course introduces selected theories and practice approaches commonly used in social work with individuals, families and groups. It is designed to provide students with knowledge of theoretical explanations and practice frameworks commonly used in direct social work practice. The course will highlight the use of professional social work values and attention to human development issues, diversity and cultural perspectives as they apply in each theory or framework.

SASS 585 Social Work with Groups, 3 Credits

This course is designed to present social work with group process. The social worker’s role in facilitating group functioning through his/her interventions in the group process and/or structure and his/her use of various program media are covered. Attention is given to the significance of group goals, agency environment and social policy. While much of the material covered is vital in the utilization of therapy groups, the course covers the group process in other contexts as well, such as social groups and task groups. This course combines didactic and experiential learning to prepare students for practice with groups.

SASS 550 Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice with Children & Families, 3 Credits

This course builds on foundation direct practice courses and focuses specifically on children, adolescents and families affected by trauma. It uses both a developmental and an ecological systems perspective, recognizing that in order to successfully treat trauma, it is important to not only focus on the individual, but also on the family and the larger community environment of which the child or adolescent is a part.

SASS 579 Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, 3 Credits

This course acquaints students with the theoretical, conceptual and skill bases of several cognitive-behavioral approaches to practice. Topics include assessment, use of tasks and homework, coping skills, cognitive restructuring and problem-solving approaches to practice. The course draws upon students' field and work experiences to illustrate the application of the concepts and skills under discussion.

SASS 529 Child and Family Policy & Service Delivery, 3 Credits

This course focuses on major federal legislation impacting children, youth and families, examined in the context of community-based social work policy/practice. It builds upon the foundation course in social welfare policy and enables students to use an advocacy approach to provide policy-informed services and to participate in policy and implementation and change.

SASS 530 Practice Evaluation, 3 Credits

This course prepares students in direct practice concentrations to critically evaluate their practices within an empirical community-based framework using single-system design methods. Students learn to use evidence-based research methodology and findings to inform their social work practice. The course draws from the existing literature on diverse client systems including those populations at risk and socially and economically oppressed.

SASS 582 Social Work with Child Abuse & Family Violence, 3 Credits

This advanced-level elective course is directed to students in the mental health and children, youth and families concentrations. This course conducts an in-depth assessment of the process and content of the impact and dynamics of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The impact of abuse on the physical and emotional development of the child and adolescent is explored. This course explores the history of abuse and family violence in our culture and examines strategies employed by the social service and legal communities to address the issues of family victimization.

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Specialized Courses – Advanced Standing

SASS 517 Family System Interventions, 3 Credits

Students learn how to use a family systems framework to intervene with individuals and families experiencing difficulties (e.g., child behavior problem) or facing new challenges (e.g., adoption of a child). A family systems framework looks at individual behavior in the context of the family system and seeks to understand the purpose the behavior may serve in the family system. Interventions, whether individual or a family group, are designed to help the family system and its members negotiate their current situation more effectively and move to a new and more satisfactory level of functioning. Learning to think and intervene systemically requires mindfulness and practice, because it is a departure from the more dominant individually-focused framework that views complaints as individual problems in need of individually-focused interventions.

SASS 547 Problem Identification, Screening & Assessment/Diagnosis, 3 Credits

This course provides a bio-psycho-social approach to identification, screening, assessment and diagnoses of common psychosocial problems/dysfunctions experienced clients. This course introduces the student to the etiology, recognition and diagnoses of these problems in the context of social work practice. Through use of a competency-based model, students are introduced to techniques used to screen, assess and diagnose problems, such as serious mental illness, suicidality, depression and anxiety, substance abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and exposure trauma. Students become familiar with the use of the DSM IV TR in providing Axis I diagnostic formulations.

SASS 549 Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work, 3 Credits

This required course introduces selected theories and practice approaches commonly used in social work with individuals, families and groups. The course is designed to provide students with knowledge of theoretical explanations and practice frameworks commonly used in direct social work practice. The course also encourages students to apply critical thinking skills to theory and its practical applications.

SASS 585 Social Work with Groups, 3 Credits

This course is designed to present social work with group process. The social worker’s role in facilitating group functioning through his/her interventions in the group process and/or structure and his/her use of various program media are covered. Attention is given to the significance of group goals, agency environment and social policy. While much of the material covered is vital in the utilization of therapy groups, the course covers the group process in other contexts as well, such as social groups and task groups. This course combines didactic and experiential learning to prepare students for practice with groups.

SASS 550 Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice with Children & Families, 3 Credits

This course builds on foundational direct practice courses and focuses specifically on children, adolescents and families affected by trauma. It uses both a developmental and an ecological systems perspective, recognizing that in order to successfully treat trauma, it is important to not only focus on the individual, but also on the family and the larger community environment of which the child or adolescent is a part. It is designed to foster an understanding of the neurobiology of trauma as well as to develop specific skills in interviewing children, child assessment including case formulation, selection of appropriate interventions and using specific intervention strategies at different levels of the trauma system.

SASS 529 Child and Family Policy & Service Delivery, 3 Credits

This course focuses on major federal legislation impacting children, youth and families, examined in the context of community-based social work policy/practice. It builds upon the foundation course in social welfare policy and enables students to use an advocacy approach to provide policy-informed services and to participate in policy and implementation and change. 

SASS 530 Practice Evaluation, 3 Credits

This course prepares students in direct practice concentrations to critically evaluate their practices within an empirical community-based framework using single-system design methods. Students learn to use evidence-based research methodology and findings to inform their social work practice. The course draws from the existing literature on diverse client systems including those populations at risk and socially and economically oppressed. Single-system evaluation methods require specifying the intended outcome of worker intervention, systematically collecting and analyzing client system outcome data throughout service delivery and using this information to guide clinical and ethical decision making. Students learn to evaluate their practices within their field settings.

SASS 582 Social Work with Child Abuse & Family Violence, 3 Credits

This advanced-level elective course is directed to students in the mental health and children, youth and families concentrations. This course conducts an in-depth assessment of the process and content of the impact and dynamics of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The impact of abuse on the physical and emotional development of the child and adolescent is explored. This course explores the history of abuse and family violence in our culture and examines strategies employed by the social service and legal communities to address the issues of family victimization. The course includes issues of cultural sensitivity, social justice and advocacy as they specifically relate to abuse perpetrated on children and adults.

SASS 505 Adoption: Practice & Policy, 3 Credits

This course covers the concepts, knowledge, skills and policies associated with contemporary adoption practice. The practice method reflects a triad perspective, meaning that adoption is examined from the viewpoints of birth parents, adoptees and adoptive parents. For each topic area, social work roles, activities, tasks and skills are explored along with policy issues.

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Mental Health with Adults

Prepare to meet the growing demand for skilled clinicians in community-based mental health practice, including hospitals, substance abuse treatment programs and mental health centers.

Specialized Courses – Traditional and Advanced Standing

SASS 547 Problem Identification, Screening & Assessment/Diagnosis, 3 Credits

This course provides a bio-psycho-social approach to identification, screening, assessment and diagnoses of common psychosocial problems/dysfunctions experienced clients. This course introduces the student to the etiology, recognition and diagnoses of these problems in the context of social work practice. Through use of a competency-based model, students are introduced to techniques used to screen, assess and diagnose problems, such as serious mental illness, suicidality, depression and anxiety, substance abuse, child abuse, elder abuse and exposure trauma. Students become familiar with the use of the DSM IV TR in providing Axis I diagnostic formulations.

SASS 549 Theory/Practice Approaches in Direct Practice Social Work, 3 Credits

This required course introduces selected theories and practice approaches commonly used in social work with individuals, families and groups. The course is designed to provide students with knowledge of theoretical explanations and practice frameworks commonly used in direct social work practice. The course also encourages students to apply critical thinking skills to theory and its practical applications. Case presentations, class discussions and assignments will require students to apply various theoretical perspectives to common problems and issues in social work practice.

SASS 564 Social Work Practice in Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse, 3 Credits

SASS 564 is an advanced direct practice concentration course focused upon knowledge, skills and values important for social work practice with people who abuse and/or are dependent on alcohol and other drugs. The content of SASS 564 directly builds upon the foundation direct practice course (SASS 477) and the required advanced course in screening and assessment (SASS 576). SASS 564 takes a biopsychosocial approach to prevention, assessment and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse and dependency (AODA) problems. This course introduces the student to the etiology and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse in the context of social work practice.

SASS 583 Social Work Practice in Mental Health: Adults, 3 Credits

This advanced methods course builds on the content from required foundation social work methods, policy and advanced sociobehavioral theory courses including Direct Practice Methods and Skills, Mental Health Policy and Service 11 Delivery, Advanced Child and Adolescent Development and Dysfunction and Adult Psychopathology. This course complements the content of advanced methods courses including Social Work with People Who Have Chronic Mental Illness, Social Work in Child Abuse and Family Violence and Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. This course develops biopsychosocial knowledge and intervention techniques related to professional settings specializing in child and adolescent mental health: hospitals, child guidance agencies, family service agencies, mental health centers and residential treatment centers.

SASS 587 Integrative Seminar in Mental Health: Adults, 3 Credits

The Integrative Seminar in Social Work Practice with Adults is an advanced level course, a capstone course in the Mental Health Adult Specialization, which provides opportunities for students to increase their knowledge of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The seminar is intended to help students integrate theory and practice, especially in the context of public mental health and community-based social service practice. The Integrative Seminar in Social Work Practice with Adults uses a seminar format and provides students the opportunity to interact with professionals from various treatment and practice settings. The seminar format facilitates individual learning and promotes a learning to practice, reflective approach.

SASS 514 Mental Health Policy & Service Delivery, 3 Credits

This course is designed to prepare students for careers as social workers in the mental health field with an understanding of mental health policy and mental health service delivery systems and to improve their advocacy skills at state and local levels. Collectively, through readings, lectures, discussions and written policy analysis assignments, the course aims at the development by students of a broad macro-level perspective of community mental health policies and programs and the major service delivery systems for adults and children and adolescents with mental illness.

SASS 530 Practice Evaluation, 3 Credits

This course prepares students in direct practice concentrations to critically evaluate their practices within an empirical community-based framework using single-system design methods. Students learn to use evidence-based research methodology and findings to inform their social work practice. The course draws from the existing literature on diverse client systems including those populations at risk and socially and economically oppressed. Single-system evaluation methods require specifying the intended outcome of worker intervention, systematically collecting and analyzing client system outcome data throughout service delivery and using this information to guide clinical and ethical decision making. Students learn to evaluate their practices within their field settings.

SASS 562 Social Work Intervention in Co-occurring Mental & Substance Abuse disorder, 3 Credits

This advanced methods course provides a basic orientation to substance use disorders in persons with mental illness (SAMI). A biopsychosocial framework is used to explore the etiology, the maintenance and the recovery of both mental and substance use disorders. The historical background of practitioner, programmatic and institutional barriers that impede the development and application of clinical skills to dually diagnosed individuals is explored.

SASS 579 Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, 3 Credits

This course acquaints students with the theoretical, conceptual and skill bases of several cognitive-behavioral approaches to practice. Topics include assessment, use of tasks and homework, coping skills, cognitive restructuring and problem solving approaches to practice. The course draws upon students' field and work experiences to illustrate the application of the concepts and skills under discussion.

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Community Practice for Social Change

Drive systemic change on a broad scale by addressing some of society’s biggest social justice issues, such as poverty, human and women’s rights, cultural diversity and oppression.

Specialized Courses – Traditional Track

SASS 532 Program and Practice Evaluation, 3 Credits

This course covers research methods and analytic tools that are used in planning, monitoring and evaluating programs and policies. It builds upon the research methods course in the foundation curriculum and deepens and expands this content as applicable at the advanced practice level. The content prepares students to use quantitative and qualitative research methods in carrying out needs assessments, assets mapping, program monitoring, quality improvement, program evaluation and policy impact studies.

SASS 534 Theoretical Contexts Shaping Community Practice, 3 Credits

The aim of the course is to provide students in the Community Practice for Social Change concentration with a thorough overview and analysis of the range of individual, group, organizational and community-level theories that inform our practice with organizations, neighborhoods, communities, social institutions and policies. The course seeks to help students: (1) develop an appreciation of the main traditions, theoretical debates, experiences and research findings in community practice both as a change process and as an interdisciplinary field; (2) identify the key ideological assumptions underlying these theories with attention to the broader historical, economic, social, demographic, institutional and political influences that affect these assumptions as well as resultant practice both in the United States and internationally; (3) identify, articulate and apply theories of change through the practice of theorizing; and (4) understand and apply logic models for community problem solving.

SASS 407 Nonprofit Revenue Planning & Development, 3 Credits

Revenue strategy and development are critical in advancing the mission and core work of a nonprofit organization and are among the most strategic responsibilities held by an executive director and his/her board. Nonprofits face a myriad of revenue options which could be pursued, but each of these has implications for how the organization advances its mission and its sustainability. The course examines how to assess these revenue sources and evaluate how they can contribute to an organization’s overall financial vitality. This course focuses on what executive directors and executive level staff members of nonprofit organizations need to know about the strategic management of an organization’s revenue and the development strategy.

SASS 567 Assessing, Building & Organizing Community, 3 Credits

This course examines strategies of community and social development, focusing on community as a means of impacting social change and improving the quality of life for individuals and families in low-income urban communities. Students learn the history, frameworks and models of community building and community organizing. The course includes a critical analysis of the goals, strategies, potential and challenges these efforts have faced and the lessons learned to date. Students also learn practice skills in the related social processes in the United State and internationally, such as strategic planning, participatory action research, consciousness-raising and direct action.

SASS 569 Planning & Implementing Social Change, 3 Credits

This course builds skills for the design, planning and implementation of social change. The focus of this course is on promoting social change through more strategic and impactful planning, positioning and partnerships. The premise of this course is that the impact and sustainability of programs, initiatives and other change efforts can be strengthened through more effective planning, better strategic positioning and organizational adaptation to external 10 circumstances and trends and stronger collaborations and partnerships. Students strengthen their ability to work effectively within organizations, in collaborations and coalitions and within communities and systems.

SASS 561 Community Practice Policy: Analyzing & Changing Social Policy, 3 Credits

This course teaches knowledge, values and skills for analyzing and changing social policy. The course uses a policy practice framework to examine the development and implementation of community and social policy and to prepare students to participate in policy change. A Policy Practice Project provides an opportunity for students to develop skills in planning, advocacy and policy development. Students work in groups to develop and implement a change strategy targeted at the agency or community level.

SASS 425 Nonprofit Financial Management, 3 Credits

This course focuses on techniques and principles of financial management including budgeting, finance and investment decision making. Topics include budget formulation, analysis and planning, present value analysis, cost-effectiveness, cash flow analysis, portfolio management and venture planning. Special emphasis will be given to the unique problems of nonprofits in capital formation, generating earned income, managing endowments, gifts and grants and tax planning.

SASS 521 Supervision, 3 Credits

This course has two foci. First, the course focuses on the role of strength based supervision in improving outcomes clients served in the various social service systems and on developing the skills necessary for effective supervision and leadership. The course examines the context of contemporary supervision and presents models of supervision grounded in systems theory, developmental theory and social justice theory. Second, the course is also designed to build practical skills for organizational leadership, focusing on adaptive leadership.

SASS 545 Program Design, 3 Credits

Program design and development are of critical importance in nonprofit organizations. In this course students will gain a practical, hands-on understanding of strategies for designing programs. The course focuses on program development approaches that attempt to maximize a program's relevance to the need being addressed and increase the likelihood that the program will attain its identified outcomes. Emphasis is placed on learning to understand a community's need/problem, reviewing evidence on potential strategies and identifying promising practices, anticipating potential implementation challenges and addressing them and identifying potential funders.

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Specialized Courses – Advanced Standing

SASS 532 Program and Practice Evaluation, 3 Credits

This course covers research methods and analytic tools that are used in planning, monitoring and evaluating programs and policies. It builds upon the research methods course in the foundation curriculum and deepens and expands this content as applicable at the advanced practice level. The content prepares students to use quantitative and qualitative research methods in carrying out needs assessments, assets mapping, program monitoring, quality improvement, program evaluation and policy impact studies. These research methods and tools are used by students to improve and evaluate practices, policies and programs.

SASS 534 Theoretical Contexts Shaping Community Practice, 3 Credits

The aim of the course is to provide students in the Community Practice for Social Change concentration with a thorough overview and analysis of the range of individual, group, organizational and community-level theories that inform our practice with organizations, neighborhoods, communities, social institutions and policies. The course seeks to help students: (1) develop an appreciation of the main traditions, theoretical debates, experiences and research findings in community practice both as a change process and as an interdisciplinary field; (2) identify the key ideological assumptions underlying these theories with attention to the broader historical, economic, social, demographic, institutional and political influences that affect these assumptions as well as resultant practice both in the United States and internationally; (3) identify, articulate and apply theories of change through the practice of theorizing; and (4) understand and apply logic models for community problem-solving.

SASS 407 Nonprofit Revenue Planning & Development, 3 Credits

Revenue strategy and development are critical in advancing the mission and core work of a nonprofit organization and are among the most strategic responsibilities held by an executive director and his/her board. Nonprofits face a myriad of revenue options which could be pursued, but each of these has implications for how the organization advances its mission and its sustainability. The course examines how to assess these revenue sources and evaluate how they can contribute to an organization’s overall financial vitality.

SASS 567 Assessing, Building & Organizing Community, 3 Credits

This course examines strategies of community and social development, focusing on community as a means of impacting social change and improving the quality of life for individuals and families in low-income urban communities. Students learn the history, frameworks and models of community building and community organizing. The course includes a critical analysis of the goals, strategies, potential and challenges these efforts have faced and the lessons learned to date. Students also learn practice skills in the related social processes in the United State and internationally, such as strategic planning, participatory action research, consciousness-raising and direct action.

SASS 569 Planning & Implementing Social Change, 3 Credits

This course builds skills for the design, planning and implementation of social change. The focus of this course is on promoting social change through more strategic and impactful planning, positioning and partnerships. The premise of this course is that the impact and sustainability of programs, initiatives and other change efforts can be strengthened through more effective planning, better strategic positioning and organizational adaptation to external circumstances and trends and stronger collaborations and partnerships.

SASS 561 Community Practice Policy: Analyzing & Changing Social Policy, 3 Credits

This course teaches knowledge, values and skills for analyzing and changing social policy. The course uses a policy practice framework to examine the development and implementation of community and social policy and to prepare students to participate in policy change. A Policy Practice Project provides an opportunity for students to develop skills in planning, advocacy and policy development. Students work in groups to develop and implement a change strategy targeted at the agency or community level.

SASS 531 Collaboration & Strategic Partnership, 3 Credits

The development of strategic alliances is being used increasingly as a key for nonprofit organizations to carry out their missions. This course is designed to provide students with the conceptual and practical resources necessary for leadership in the formation and maintenance of such alliances. Various models and strategies for creating and sustaining local, community-based and national relationships are explored. The course is based on "practical theory," builds on current knowledge about creating mulch-organizational partnerships and expands capabilities to participate in these efforts.

SASS 425 Nonprofit Financial Management, 3 Credits

This course focuses on techniques and principles of financial management including budgeting, finance and investment decision-making. Topics include budget formulation, analysis and planning, present value analysis, cost-effectiveness, cash flow analysis, portfolio management and venture planning. Special emphasis will be given to the unique problems of nonprofits in capital formation, generating earned income, managing endowments, gifts and grants and tax planning.

SASS 545 Program Design, 3 Credits

Program design and development are of critical importance in nonprofit organizations. In this course students will gain a practical, hands-on understanding of strategies for designing programs. The course focuses on program development approaches that attempt to maximize a program's relevance to the need being addressed and increase the likelihood that the program will attain its identified outcomes.

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Field Education

Field Education to provides graduate-level social work students with opportunities to develop foundation-level competencies in the eight abilities by helping students apply knowledge of social work theory, skills, values and ethics acquired in the classroom in an agency setting. Field Education II through IV consist of a field practicum and participation in professional development opportunities.

SASS 495V Field Education Seminar, 1 Credit

The Field Education Seminar provides the support and guidance necessary to assist foundation social work students to identify and finalize a field placement location. This course also prepares students for the upcoming field experience through self-assessments, discussions and reflective activities. This is a 14-week course. This field education course is part of the general course curriculum.

SASS 651 Field Education I, 2 Credits

This course is designed to be taken by entering Non-Advanced Standing or foundation social work students in the second semester of their master’s program. The SASS 651 course is 14 weeks in duration.

SASS 652A Field Education II, 1.5 Credits

This course is designed to be taken by entering Advanced Standing students in the first semester of their master's program and by Non-Advanced Standing social work students in the third semester of their master's program. The SASS 652A course is 14 weeks in duration. It consists of a field practicum and participation in professional development opportunities. For students entering the program with advanced standing, there is an additional requirement of four logs and an integrative assignment and periodic meetings with a field faculty advisor in addition to the field conference.

SASS 652B Field Education II, 1.5 Credits

This course is designed to be taken by entering Advanced Standing students in the second semesters of their master's program and by Non-Advanced Standing social work students in the fourth semester of their master's program. The SASS 652B course is 14 weeks in duration.

SASS 653A Field Education III, 1.5 Credits

This course is designed to be taken by students in their advanced course of study. Advanced Standing social work students take this course in the third semester of their master's program. Non-Advanced Standing social work students take it in the fifth semester of their master's program. The SASS 653A course is 14 weeks in duration.

SASS 653B Field Education III, 1.5 Credits

This course is designed to be taken by students in their advanced course of study. Advanced Standing social work students take this course in the fourth semester of their master's program. Non-Advanced Standing social work students take it in the sixth semester of their master's program. The SASS 653B course is 14 weeks in duration.

SASS 654A Field Education IV, 1.5 Credits

This course is designed to be taken by students in their advanced course of study. Advanced Standing social work students take this course in the fifth semester of their master's program. Non-Advanced Standing social work students take it in the seventh semester of their master's program. The SASS 654A course is 14 weeks in duration.

SASS 654B Field Education IV, 1.5 Credits

This course is designed to be taken by students in their advanced course of study. Advanced Standing social work students take this course in the sixth semester of their master's program. Non-Advanced Standing social work students take it in the eighth semester of their master's program. The SASS 654B course is 14 weeks in duration.

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