Dual Degree in Child Development and Social Work

Sarah Lawrence College has joined with the New York University School of Social Work to offer a dual degree program in Child Development and Social Work. The program will admit its first students this fall. The course of study will combine the theoretical knowledge bases of clinical social work and developmental psychology.

Students in the dual degree program will pursue study leading to both a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Child Development. Child development classes will be held at Sarah Lawrence College; social work classes will be held at the Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work on the NYU campus in New York City. Students must be admitted to both schools.

Students will begin the program at Sarah Lawrence College, completing one year of course work in developmental theory and an observational fieldwork placement. Social work classes at NYU begin after the completion of this first year. By taking courses that are acceptable for transfer credit in each of the schools involved, and through careful course planning, students can complete both degrees in three years of full-time work. The program can also be completed on a part-time basis.

The goals of the dual degree program are to educate students for advanced practice in the treatment of children’s social, mental, and emotional health; to provide an appropriate balance between academic study and direct, clinical practice with children; and to prepare social-work clinicians to meet the diverse needs of at-risk children, particularly those in the urban setting, through an in-depth understanding of the intellectual, emotional, social and imaginative life of the child.