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Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare

The Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program is a collaboration among Salisbury University, the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and the Maryland Department of Human Services to prepare Master of Social Work (MSW) students for public child welfare practice. Students receive a specialized child welfare field placement in a local Department of Social Services providing social work services to children and families through programs such as Family Preservation, Out-of-Home Placement, Adoption, and Child Protective Services. If the annual funding request is approved, financial stipends will be available.

To be selected for the program, students must meet, at a minimum, the following conditions:

  • Have a basic understanding of, and express a specific interest in, social work practice in public welfare;
  • Have been admitted into the Social Work MSW program and be a full-time graduate student;
  • Be eligible for field instruction and accept a placement in a local Department of Social Services;
  • Have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation;
  • Be authorized to work in the United States;
  • Plan to remain in Maryland after graduation from the University;
  • Agree to seek and accept employment with the Maryland Department of Human Services after graduation. Students incur an employment obligation of 13 months for each academic year (fall/spring semesters) of participation. Students who do not fulfill the employment obligation or any requirement outlined in their Title IV-E Stipend Agreement, must repay the full amount of financial stipends received.

This program is competitive and the number of stipends is limited.

Students who are interested in applying for the Title IV-E program must complete an application in Sonia. Detailed instructions are available in Sonia, School Documents (login with your SU username and password and select Student as your role). Applicants are selected based on their application, academic record, a writing sample, and an interview with program faculty and/or an administrator from the Department of Human Services.

Students who are current employees of the Department of Human Services and approved by their local agency and the Department of Human Services are eligible for consideration for the Title IV-E Program and given priority in the selection process.


Carrie Bailey
Salisbury University