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Welcome to the College of Professional Studies at West Virginia State University. Our students, faculty and staff congratulate you in taking the first step in reaching your academic goals. The mission of our College is to prepare qualified professionals to serve and lead in a global society. Rich in tradition, the College is organized around some of the University’s earliest developed programs. Students can choose from academic programs in EducationHealth and Human PerformanceSocial Work and Criminal Justice. In addition, the College houses Military Science/ROTC as an elective course of study specializing in management, leadership, and life skills.

Our highly qualified, experienced, and diverse faculty and staff are committed to providing you with a positive learning environment where you can experience academic success in your quest for a successful career. The College of Professional Studies offers innovative and meaningful learning experiences through active student engagement and collaboration with peers and faculty. Your curriculum will provide you with the opportunities to use technology, critical thinking, questioning and problem-solving as you explore interesting and current topics and issues. More importantly, you will develop oral and written communication skills necessary for success in your chosen field.

Academic programs integrate course work with internships which allow students to apply new ideas and theory into real-life learning events. Students in this College often acquire an international, national, or state certification, licensure, or commission to serve in professions of teaching, law enforcement, military service, social work or wellness. The faculty encourages you to take advantage of student support services, meet consistently with your academic advisor to monitor your curriculum pathway, and be involved in student organizations, clubs and honor societies.

The faculty and staff in the College of Professional Studies strive to meet students at their point of need by differentiating learning, monitoring academic pathways, and mentoring and advising on an individual basis. We hope you will find your academic passion at West Virginia State University and ultimately help us to continue the strong tradition of excellence that we have enjoyed since 1891.
Social Work Accreditation

The Social Work program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for Social Work educational programs. This means potential employers anywhere in the country will recognize our program as having met the standards for quality and excellence set by CSWE. It also means our graduates are eligible for licensure as social workers in West Virginia and other states, depending on individual state laws. The Social Work program at West Virginia State University has been continually accredited by CSWE since 1975 and our most recent accreditation review was completed in February of 2017. Our program is reaffirmed through February of 2025. 

Education Accreditation

The WVSU Education program is fully accredited with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), through 2021.  It is also approved by the West Virginia State Department of Education. Candidates from West Virginia State University's Department of Education achieved a 100% pass rate for its program completers based on Federal Title II-Teacher Quality Guidelines. Licensure pass rates are in the 97%-100% range, which means that most Education graduates may apply for teacher certification and full-time teaching positions in West Virginia and in states with certification reciprocity agreements. 

Title IV-E

Title IV-E grants provide qualified Social Work majors stipends and tuition awards through funding from the WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources. (The awards may affect eligibility for other financial aid and applies only after all other free aid is used. In addition, it may also be subject to taxation.) Student grants are based on the following criteria:
  • Be formally admitted into the Social Work program with 60+ hours of completed study
  • Carry a minimum of 12 hours of coursework per semester with a GPA of 2.3 or better
  • Submit an application with a current transcript and resume with names/addresses of two references
  • Sign a BINDING contract with the WV-DHHR agreeing to stipulated academic standing, course work, field placement in a child welfare social service agency and a commitment upon graduation for employment with the WV Office of Social Services — if such an offer is presented to you
  • Students unable to meet the conditions of the Title IV-E contract must pay back the stipend(s) received with interest.

Active Grants

  • The Healthy Grandfamilies Project is a 3-year grant funded by USDA to offer 120 grandfamilies in the Greater Kanawha Valley a series of free educational discussion groups combined with social support services. Discussion groups are delivered through the WVSU Extension Service in collaboration with the WVSU Department of Social Work, which coordinates the social support component.  The project offers social work students opportunities for experiential learning and internships.
  • The Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Grant is an ongoing partnership with the WV-DHHR and other social work programs in WV to provide tuition and stipend opportunities for social work students interested in careers in child welfare. Over 80% of our Title IV-E stipend graduates have been offered employment at the DHHR.  Through this program, social work faculty also provide in-service training to DHHR employees, and project staff implement DHHR PRIDE training for area foster parents.

Recently Completed Grants

  • The Screening Brief Intervention Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) Grant, funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, was a collaborative project of Marshall, Concord, and WVSU to prepare social work students to work with adolescents and substance abuse issues.  Although the grant period ended December 2017, teaching activities continue.
  • Promoting Social Work Careers in Health Care was a 1-year project funded by the WV Higher Education Policy Commission that ended June 2017.  The project provided students with applied research opportunities related to health care and provided faculty with resources to develop curriculum in the area of professional self-care.
  • Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) provided 2 years of federal funding for research and community partnerships to address substance abuse issues.  Dr. Kerri Steele and Dr. Brenda Wamsley published an article in 2017 titled “Response to the Drug Crisis in One Appalachian City: A Collaborative Early Warning System Approach” with data from this project.
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Student Organizations - SOCIAL WORK

Alpha Delta Mu
The Social Work Honorary – Alpha Delta Mu is a national organization, which recognizes academic achievement in the field. To be eligible for membership in the West Virginia State University chapter (Mu), you must:
  • Complete 60 credit hours
  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA computed overall
  • Earn a “B” or better in each social work course undertaken (a minimum of 6 credit hours in social work)
Alpha Delta Mu emphasizes scholarship and the development of programs that will further the student’s education. The Mu Chapter sponsors programs for students and the community and works closely with the Social Work Student Organization. Members of Alpha Delta Mu learn about social work graduate school programs, and they help in arrangements for the Career Expo held on campus. Each year during Founders Week in March members of Alpha Delta Mu are recognized by the Administration and Faculty for their academic accomplishments.
The Social Work Student Organization (aka “the Club”)
The Social Work Student Organization (aka “the Club”) has been active since 1975 when the Social Work Program was first accredited at West Virginia State University. We cordially invite you to join the Club and participate in its activities. The Organization offers you opportunities to socialize and fraternize with like-minded students, to learn about employment openings, to provide services to our community, and to gain additional information about the social work field. In the past, some of the Club activities have included community speakers, voters’ registration, representation to the NASW state meetings, sponsorship of induction of honor students into honoraries, involvement in a needs assessment project, parties for children in low income housing, community awareness projects, mentoring services, fundraising for homeless programs, participation in the WVSU in Multicultural Festival, and field trips.

The Social Work Student Advisory Council
This group is made up of freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who serve as a formal student conduit for influencing the Social Work Program’s policies and procedures. An elected representative of this group attends the Social Work departmental meetings as needed.
Dr. J. Paige
Dr. J. Paige Carney
Dean College of Professional Studies / Professor of Education
Wallace 520, WVSU
Institute, WV 25112
Phone: (304) 766-3313

Gloria Massey
Academic Program Associate
College of Professional Studies
520 Wallace Hall
Phone: (304) 766-3081

The College of Professional Studies
West Virginia State University
520 Wallace Hall
PO Box 1000
Institute, West Virginia 25112-1000
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Other times by appointment only.
Phone: (304) 766-3081
Fax: (304) 766-5175

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