Photo of Mistie Ayala '18, social work graduate and winner of the Kirley Award

Mistie Ayala '18

“I never thought I would make it to my bachelor’s. I never thought I would do all these things, advocate for all these people, get all these awards. A lot of my accomplishments come from Elms College and The Care Center in Holyoke.”

After earning her bachelor’s degree in social work from the Elms/STCC off-campus program, Mistie graduated in spring 2018 with honors. She was immediately hired as a managing care coordinator in the Springfield branch of Innovative Care Partners, a new organization dedicated to integrating healthcare and human services.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Social Work

The Elms College bachelor’s degree completion program offered at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) meets all general requirements of Elms College. You enter this program with the required associate’s degree (and at least 60 credits), satisfy Elms’ core requirements, and complete the requirements of your the social work program.

Classes are held at on the STCC main campus in Building 13, on Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.,  and are taught by Elms faculty. By completing your coursework in 10 eight-week sessions over a 20-month period, you can save thousands of dollars.

The bachelor’s degree program requires 120 credits. You can transfer in a maximum of 78 credits from STCC or other regionally accredited colleges. A minimum of 42 credits must be earned through Elms College.

Curriculum and Courses

Social Work Curriculum and Courses

Session 1 – Fall 1
SWK211 Professional Communication in Social Work
SWK101 Introduction to Social Work

Session 2 – Fall 2
SWK 302 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SSD202 American Government/Public Policy – Online

Session 3 – Spring 1
SWK301 Social Welfare Policies and Services
SWK303 Mental Health and Mental Illness

Session 4 – Spring 2
SWK315 Social Work Practice with Communities
MAT109 Statistics

Session 5 – Summer 1
SWK205 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
BIO105 Human Biology – Online

Session 6 – Summer 2
SWK 307 Social Group Work
REL 215 World Religions – Online

Session 7 – Fall 1
SWK 402A Advanced Practice
SWK310A Social Work Research
SWK 401 D Field Work*

Session 8 – Fall 2
SWK 402B Advanced Practice
SWK310B Social Work Research
SWK401E Field Work*

Session 9 – Spring 1
SWK 404 Survey of Social Work Issues (Capstone)
SWK 401 F Field Work*

Session 10 – Spring 2
SWK404B Survey of Social Work Issues (Capstone)
SOC 316 Racial and Ethnic Groups – Online
SWK 401 G Field Work*

* 400 hrs. of fieldwork required outside of the program schedule.

Courses and sequence subject to change.