WSR 07-16-053




[ Filed July 25, 2007, 3:50 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-12-008.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 181-78A-319 Program approval requirements -- Field experience for school social workers.

Hearing Location(s): Red Lion Hotel, Yakima Center, 607 East Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA 98901, on September 12, 2007, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 12, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 47236, Olympia, 98504, e-mail, fax (360) 586-4548, by September 9, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Nasue Nishida by September 9, 2007, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6238.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Individuals who hold a master's degree in social work, but have not completed a school social work certification program, will need to complete 300 hours of volunteer experience in school social work in a K-12 setting under the guidance of a certified school social worker.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Social workers complete 900 - 1000 hour internship as part of their MSW degree program. Many of the post-MSW candidates seeking certification to work in school have completed a previous internship, or have since gained actual paid work experience, in serving children, youth and families.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.410.210 and 28A.410.010.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Professional educator standards board, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 42736 [47236], Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 725-6238.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed amendment does not have an impact on small business and therefore does not meet the requirements for a statement under RCW 19.85.030 (1) or (2).

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Nasue Nishida, P.O. Box 47236, phone (360) 725-6238, fax (360) 586-4548, e-mail

July 20, 2007

Nasue Nishida

Policy and Research Analyst


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-02-051, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06)

WAC 181-78A-319   Program approval requirement -- Field experience for school social workers.   Approved school social worker preparation programs shall require all candidates to complete a supervised, advanced level internship that is in compliance with the most current accreditation standards of the Council of Social Work Education, with a minimum of 300 hours in a school setting, providing on-the-job professional service. Supervision shall be provided by a site supervisor or faculty field supervisor who holds current Washington state certification as a school social worker and has a minimum of three years of professional experience in this role. Supervision, which may include on-site visits, will be provided for a minimum of one hour per week until the internship is completed.

If an individual has not completed an approved school social worker program, the individual must hold a master's degree in social work from a regionally accredited university which has a council on social work education (CWSE) accredited program and complete 300 hours of volunteer experience with a certified school social worker in a K-12 school setting. When the individual has obtained verification of that experience signed by a school district administrator, the individual shall complete the required course in social work and school law through a regionally accredited university approved to offer a school social work certification program. Upon completion of all requirements, the individual may be recommended by the university for certification.

[06-02-051, recodified as 181-78A-319, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. 05-15-022, 180-78A-319, filed 7/7/05, effective 8/7/05; 04-21-038, 180-78A-319, filed 10/15/04, effective 11/15/04.]

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