Masters Child Welfare Education Program

MCWEPThe Masters Child Welfare Education Program (MCWEP) is a partnership among the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and a consortium of four New Jersey MSW programs—Kean University, Monmouth University, Rutgers University, and Stockton University.  Expanding on the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program with Stockton University as the consortium’s Lead Institution, its purpose is to offer current Division of Child Protection and Permanency supervisors the opportunity to strengthen their skills in clinical social work practice and supervision, obtain an advanced credential in social work (MSW), and ultimately to enhance the capacity of the Division to deliver the highest quality services to the vulnerable children and families that it serves.

Lead Institution: Stockton University Social Work Program

Participating Institutions: Kean University Department of Social Work, Monmouth University School of Social Work, Rutgers University School of Social Work

Partnering Organizations: State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families, New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers

MCWEP Program Structure:
The program consists of three components:

  • Enrollment in one of three New Jersey part-time MSW programs
    • Traditional MSW Program, for individuals with a bachelor’s degree with a major other than social work
      • Requires 60 credits of coursework, including 900-1125 hours of supervised field experience in an approved agency or institution
    • Advanced Standing MSW Program, for selected individuals who have completed a degree with a major in social work
      • Requires 30-39 credits of coursework, including 500-885 hours of supervised field experience in an approved agency or institution
  • Participation in the MCWEP Learning Community
    • Consisting of weekly online discussions, monthly video conferencing, and quarterly face-to-face seminars involving all enrolled MCWEP students
  • Enrollment in MCWEP Electives
    • Leadership and Supervision in Child Welfare (to develop leadership skills and skills in providing clinical supervision to child welfare workers, including helping workers to develop the skills essential to planning and running successful family team meetings and working effectively with community resources)
    • Trauma-informed Child Welfare Practice (to develop knowledge and skills needed for working effectively with children and families that have experienced trauma as well as with child welfare workers exposed to secondary trauma)

Eligibility for the Program:

  • Casework Supervisors and Supervisors are eligible to apply for the program. In general, 20 candidates will be accepted each year.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Applicants must agree to sign a legally binding agreement to continue their employment at DCF for one year for each year of support received.
  • Applicants must meet admission requirements of the MSW program they choose to attend.

Application Process:

  • Applicants must first apply through the Division of Child Protection and Permanency by completing the internal application.
  • If selected by DCP&P, applicants then apply to the MSW program(s) of their choice.

For further information about MCWEP, please contact: Director - Dawn Konrady (, Program Coordinator - Joe Everett (, Learning Community Coordinators - Maya Lewis ( or Robin Hernandez-Mekonnen (