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UNI Continuing and Distance Education to offer Master of Social Work

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Contact: 

Cindy Juby, department head and associate professor, UNI Department of Social Work, 319-273-5910, cynthia.juby@uni.edu

Jacie Dahlstrom, communications specialist, UNI Continuing and Distance Education, 319-273-5970, jacie.dahlstrom@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu 

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Social Work, via Continuing and Distance Education, will offer a master's degree in social work beginning spring 2016. The goal of this program is to develop the social work specialization workforce in the underserved areas of Iowa with a focus on individuals who lack the opportunity to attend regular on-campus courses.

"The Department of Social Work is excited to provide the opportunity to reach rural and remote Iowans who have the passion to strengthen their local efforts to better serve neighbors in need," said program coordinator Cindy Juby. "Our program currently has 172 agency field sites that cover 42 Iowa communities, and the distance education program will facilitate these partnerships with the potential to increase new connections. Our distance education program will have the same high quality as our on-campus program."

The program uses a cohort model in which a group of students moves through the course sequence together. Courses are offered via interactive video conferencing, including Adobe Connect, and online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning environment. Practice-related courses will include limited in-person instruction on the UNI campus, with potential regional meetings based on interest expressed.

For more information about the program and how to apply, visit distance.uni.edu/social-work. For more information about additional offerings available through Continuing and Distance Education at UNI, visit distance.uni.edu or call 319-273-5970.