School Social Work

A social work major prepares to prevent her senior project

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.), either on-campus or online, with licensure in School Social Work

Curriculum Requirements

Candidates for School Social Work licensure must complete the curriculum requirements for the Social Work major, including admission to the Social Work Program and all course work.

Online Bachelor of Social Work

Delivered in a flexible, affordable online format, Methodist University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) will prepare you to develop your passion for helping people into a meaningful career. Learn more.

Licensure Requirements

For licensure in School Social Work, candidates must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete the 9 s.h. of additional coursework listed below. Admission to Teacher Education must be completed prior to drop/add of the semester prior to the field placement. The Field Placement must be in a school setting. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and a grade of C or better in all social work courses and the student’s minor professional sequence.

  • EDU 2510 Foundations of Education (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 4070 Professional Orientation (2 s.h.)
  • SWK 3400 School Social Work (3 s.h.)

Contact the Program Coordinator

Dr. Carla Fagan

Carla Fagan, PhD

Chair, Social Work; Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, Social Work Program; Coordinator, Gerontology
(910) 630-7699
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Dr. Carla Fagan
Carla Fagan, PhD

Chair, Social Work; Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, Social Work Program; Coordinator, Gerontology

B.S., City College of the City University of New York; M.S.W., Fordham University; Ph.D., Yeshiva University


Dr. Fagan began teaching at Methodist University in August 2011 after teaching full time for one year at Southwest Minnesota State University, where she also served as Director of Field Instruction and Student Social Work Association Advisor. Born and raised in New York City, she began teaching as an adjunct in 2001 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. She also taught at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and Yeshiva University’s Stern College.

It was her very positive experience as an adjunct that motivated her to return to school for her doctorate, which she earned in May 2010, allowing her to fulfill her desire to teach full time in a university. Her dissertation examined the impact of demographics, social support and health beliefs on adherence to hemodialysis treatment regimen. Her 20 years as a nephrology social worker inspired this dissertation topic. Her research interests include health disparities, ethics and aging.

Dr. Fagan brings to Methodist University over 30 years of practice experience in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, AIDS services, nursing home services and nephrology social work. She is a regular at Chapel on Wednesdays and enjoys participating in activities to support MU and its students. Her community interests include homeless services, working to achieve social justice, and policy advocacy.

Personal Interests:

  • Sudoku
  • crossword puzzles
  • crocheting
  • knitting
  • listening to jazz
(910) 630-7699
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