3 Ways to Help Your Social Work Students Achieve Licensure
You want your social work students to graduate. Obviously. But you also want them to achieve licensure so they can go on to become gainfully employed. Helping them achieve licensure can be tricky, however, because much of what they need to complete is out of your control as it’s done during their field education experience. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to help them successfully achieve licensure that will also help your program stay competitive. Keep reading to learn 3 ways you can help them prepare for that next step and some helpful tips to make it easy on you and your program.
#1: Outline your students’ educational and career milestones.
Tip: Create a map to help your students find their way to gainful employment.
#2: Reach students with these messages where they’ll see them.
Tip: Involve your program’s marketing department and career counseling to create infographics and push this “map” and messages out to your students at key times in their program.
#3: Make students’ field placement experience great.
Choose a tool that will make your life easier that also helps your students.
Because licensure happens after graduation, it can be difficult to know if your alumni are continuing on the track you set them on. However, staying in touch with alumni is crucial for many reasons. One of the most important is that you need to measure gainful employment rates to report back to accreditation boards and continue attracting new students. To be able to do this accurately, you need a system that tracks your students’ hours towards licensure while they do it that you can also access to gather the data you need.
Whatever tool you choose to use, consider making sure that it performs these functions:
- Easy-to-enter time tracking for students during their field placement.
- One-click approval for hours and assignments to make your site supervisors/field instructors more responsive in real-time.
- Simplified data gathering and report building so that you have everything you need in one place to generate reports like those you need in support of CSWE accreditation.
- Intuitive interface and easy integration so that you and your students don’t spend more time than you have getting up to speed while you learn the new system.
Tevera is designed for social work programs to help your students graduate, achieve licensure, and become gainfully employed. To learn more about how we can help your program, schedule a product overview today with one of our specialists.