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Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of others as a social worker but unsure about how to get there? When preparing for a career as a social worker, it may be helpful to take time to understand different social work titles and acronyms. Understanding the similarities and differences between an MSW and an LCSW may help you determine how to best move forward with your studies.  What is an MSW? An MSW, or Master of Social Work, is a two-year advanced degree offered on campus and online at many institutions. Earning your MSW from a school […]

How to Become a School Social Worker

how to become a school social worker

School social workers are an important part of the education system. They help school administrators, teachers, parents, teens and children navigate social issues that affect student populations. For those who enjoy working with younger generations and who want to make a positive impact in the community, a career in school social work may be appealing. Specific school social worker requirements vary by state, but there are general guidelines for becoming a school social worker. In this step-by-step guide, learn about the following actions to take to become a school social worker. Earn a Bachelor’s Degree.Understand State Requirements for School Social […]

A Guide to Accessing Public Records for the First Time

In her media law class, Syracuse professor Barbara Fought asks students to reconsider their understanding of private and public information. Her series of hypotheticals usually earn the same response—most students believe information from eye color to salary and property worth are nobody else’s business. But then, she challenges them: Imagine your favorite high school teacher is being paid $20,000 less than a different teacher despite having the same experience and credentials.  “Would that be fair?” Fought asks. “No. Well, how would we figure that out?” Open-records laws grant citizens the right to all kinds of information, including the records that […]

The Most Productive Way to Schedule Your Day

It can seem like there are never enough hours in the day to finish everything on your to-do list. To help, Communications@Syracuse compiled research on peak productivity hours for early birds and night owls.