Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Social Work: Fundamentals of Social Work Foundation

The Social Work: Fundamentals of Social Work Foundation (658) is being updated to to 658.1 effective Spring 2015. Students currently enrolled in 658 should continue in their current program or change to 658.1. New students will enroll in 658.1. Students should consult with their advisor if they have questions.

Also see Social Work Foundation degree program

Certificate (658.1)

This certificate program is designed for students to learn social work terminology, core values, ethical principles and standards, theoretical perspectives and generalist social work practice at the introductory level. The CCAC Social Work Foundation Certificate program caters to workers in community-based organizations, social service institutions, and is designed for students seeking an entry-level career track certificate.

This program has the option to be completed on campus or online. Day, evening, hybrid and online course options provide students with the opportunity to complete the program while maintaining current personal and professional obligations. Students from education and career technical training programs, such as Job Crops, are also eligible for this foundational certificate.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Employ social work terminology appropriately.
  2. Identify core values of the social work profession.
  3. Define the major elements of the social work profession.
  4. Examine the main theoretical perspectives of social work.
  5. Assess diversity and its relevance to social work practices.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form. 

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 21

First Semester

Course #

Course Name


SOW-101Introduction to Social Work


SOW-125Introduction to Social Welfare


SOW-150Cultural Competence & Diverse Populations





Second Semester
SOW-110Social Work Service Learning Practicum


SOW-210Human Behavior in the Social Environment


 Social Work Electives (2)1





1Social Work Restricted Electives (6 credits)
SOW-103Introduction to Case Management


SOW-106Interviewing Skills


SOW-120Child Welfare


SOW-130  Community Resources


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