Credit for Learning

Master of Social Work

Educational Outreach in Public Child Welfare

The Credit for Learning Program is an outgrowth of the UK College of Social Work's Child Welfare Field Education program.  Through CFL, College of Social Work faculty collaborate with regional CHFS offices to develop and implement educational experiences that provide enhanced professional practice with children and families.

CFL is an innovative university/agency partnership offering child welfare workers the opportunity to earn graduate-level credit as non-degree graduate students, while fulfilling the professional development requirements for employment with the agency. CFL courses are collaboratively designed, developed and taught by teaching teams consisting of university instructors and child welfare professionals. These courses utilize distributed education models combining intensive face-to-face classroom sessions and web-based sessions. They are offered at off-campus sites throughout the state to allow participation by students who live in rural as well as urban areas. Credit hours earned through CFL can be applied as elective hours toward a Master’s degree at any of the three public institutions offering the MSW degree.

UK CFL faculty collaborate with CHFS personnel to identify and address specific learning and informational needs within the CHFS regions. These faculty members also assist CHFS in increasing the number of graduate trained staff through recruiting, advising and mentoring those interested in pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. Additionally, faculty work with CHFS to encourage and train MSW-level supervisors to serve as field instructors and mentors for students in the MSW program.

For additional information contact: Melissa Whitaker at 606-439-3557 ext. 83523 or