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Associate Degree in Social Work with Career Information

Find out about associate's degree programs in pre-social work. Get details on required coursework and continuing education options, and take a look at job prospects and potential earnings in the social work field.

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Essential Information

While a bachelor's degree is the minimum educational requirement for social workers, students may begin their schooling by earning an associate's degree in pre-social work. Applicants to these two-year associate's programs usually need to be high school graduates. Pre-social work students learn about behavioral issues, counseling methods and the specialty areas of social work such as those involving the elderly or children. Some programs may also cover research methods, social policy and planning development. This degree could allow students to pursue entry-level careers in human services, or graduates may transfer credits towards a 4-year bachelor's program in social work.

Program Coursework

The pre-social work program offers students introductory college courses, as well as sociology core classes. Sample courses include:

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Biology
  • Philosophy
  • English composition
  • Social issues
  • Economics
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Human behavior and development
  • Child development

Continuing Education Information

Associate of Arts graduates with pre-social work degrees often go on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at 4-year universities in order to qualify them for social worker positions.

Salary Info and Employment Outlook

Healthcare social workers earned a mean annual salary of $51,460 as of May 2012, while mental health and substance abuse social workers made $43,340 per year on average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov. Child, family and school social workers made an average of $45,300 the same year. Demand for social workers should increase due to retiring social workers and the increase in the elderly. The BLS stated that job opportunities were favorable for college graduates and that they may find work in social service agencies, governmental offices, mental health facilities and private practices.

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  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED
    • Eligibility and relevancy of sample programs below will vary by article and program
    School locations:
    • Online Learning
    • Arizona (3 campuses)
    • California (16)
    • Colorado (3)
    • Florida (6)
    • Georgia (5)
    • Illinois (7)
    • Indiana (2)
    • Maryland (1)
    • Michigan (1)
    • Minnesota (1)
    • Missouri (2)
    • North Carolina (2)
    • New Jersey (3)
    • Nevada (1)
    • New York (2)
    • Ohio (4)
    • Oklahoma (1)
    • Oregon (1)
    • Pennsylvania (4)
    • Tennessee (2)
    • Texas (7)
    • Utah (1)
    • Virginia (3)
    • Washington (3)
    • Wisconsin (1)

    Online and Classroom-Based Programs

    • Associate
        • Undecided

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  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Undergraduate applicants must be a high school graduate or have completed GED; Graduate program applicants must have a master's degree or higher
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    Online Programs

    • Associate
        • AS in General Studies

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Other Schools:

  • School locations:
    • Vermont (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Champlain College include:
      • Non-Degree: Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Liberal Arts and Humanities
      • Human and Social Services
        • Social Work
      • Liberal Arts, Humanities, and General Studies
  • School locations:
    • Oklahoma (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Oklahoma State University include:
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate
    • Liberal Arts and Humanities
      • Human and Social Services
        • Child Care Management
        • Social Work
      • Public Administration
  • School locations:
    • Ohio (2 campuses)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Cincinnati include:
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate
    • Liberal Arts and Humanities
      • Human and Social Services
        • Human Development and Family Studies
        • Social Work
      • Liberal Arts, Humanities, and General Studies
      • Social Science and Studies
  • School locations:
    • Idaho (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Brigham Young University include:
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Liberal Arts and Humanities
      • Human and Social Services
        • Child Development
        • Human Development and Family Studies
        • Social Work
      • Liberal Arts, Humanities, and General Studies
      • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
      • Political Science
      • Social Science and Studies
      • Social Studies and History
  • School locations:
    • Puerto Rico (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Universidad Del Este include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Liberal Arts and Humanities
      • Human and Social Services
        • Social Work
      • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
      • Political Science
      • Public Administration
      • Social Science and Studies
  • School locations:
    • California (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Liberal Arts and Humanities
      • Cultural Studies
      • Ethnic and Gender Studies
      • Liberal Arts, Humanities, and General Studies
      • Philosophy
      • Political Science
      • Public Administration
      • Religious Studies
      • Social Science and Studies
      • Social Studies and History
  • School locations:
    • Massachusetts (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Harvard University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Liberal Arts and Humanities
      • Cultural Studies
      • Ethnic and Gender Studies
      • Liberal Arts, Humanities, and General Studies
      • Philosophy
      • Political Science
      • Public Administration
      • Religious Studies
      • Social Science and Studies
      • Social Studies and History
      • Theological, Religious, and Ministerial Studies
  • School locations:
    • Pennsylvania (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Liberal Arts and Humanities
      • Cultural Studies
      • Ethnic and Gender Studies
      • Geography and Cartography
      • Human and Social Services
        • Social Work
      • Liberal Arts, Humanities, and General Studies
      • Philosophy
      • Political Science
      • Public Administration
      • Religious Studies
      • Social Science and Studies
      • Social Studies and History

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