Instructional Programs
Social Work

 Course Overview

Social Work Associate of Applied Science Degree:
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Social Work prepares individuals interested in working with people to obtain entry-level employment the in Social Work field. Social Work students are sensitive and caring persons who as a result of enrollment in the Social Work Program will become equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to effectively serve people in need in a variety of community and social service agencies. The curriculum encompasses four semesters, i.e., a two- year program. During the second year of the program, students enroll in two semesters on Internship and will be placed at social service agencies consistent with their area of interest. Admissions to Internship requires student completion of the first year core curriculum in Social Work and approval of the Social work faculty. The internship course involves working a minimum of 15 hours per week at a social service agency and attending a weekly on hour seminar class.

The Social Work Program’s combination of coursework and hand-on experience through the Internship courses will prepare you for entry-level positions such as intake worker, case work assistant, mental health technician, or coordinator at a variety of social service agencies in the community. The Social Work Program also offers a basis for entry into academic areas offering four year and graduate degrees such as Social Work, Psychology or Social Psychology, Human Services, Education, and Counseling. The local universities accept either most or a substantial number of the academic credits from El Paso Community College’s Social Work Program. Students should be aware that licensure in the field of Social Work in the State of Texas requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited Social Work Program. The AAS Degree in Social Work will not meet the educational requirement for Social Work licensure in Texas. Both the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University offer accredited Bachelor’s Degree programs in Social Work while the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico state University are the only universities in the area that offers a Master’s Degree in Social Work. The capstone course for the AAS Degree in Social Work is SCWK 2487, Internship-Social Work II.

Social Work Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling Certificate of Completion:
The Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling Certificate of Completion prepares individuals to work with substance abusers in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient, and rehabilitation programs. The curriculum encompasses two semesters, i.e., a one- year program. During the second semester of the program students enroll in Internship and will be placed at a substance abuse agency consistent with their area of interest. Admission to Internship requires student completion of the first semester curriculum in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling and approval of the Social Work faculty. The Internship course involves working a minimum of 20 hours per week at a substance abuse agency and attending a weekly one- hour seminar class.

The Certificate of Completion in Drug/alcohol Abuse Counseling combination of coursework and hands on experience through the Internship course will prepare you for entry-level positions in the substance abuse field. The Certificate Program also offers a basis for entry into academic areas offering two year, four year, and graduate degrees such as Social Work, Psychology or Social Psychology, Human Services, Education, and Counseling. The local universities accept either most or s substantial number of the academic credits from El Paso Community College’s Certificate of Completion in Drug/alcohol Abuse Counseling. Students should research transferability of credits from EPCC to the local universities prior to taking classes at El Paso Community College.

Completion of the Certificate of completion in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling will help prepare students for licensure as Licensed Chemical Dependence Counselor in the State of Texas. These requirements include required coursework, a 300 hours Practicum (Internship), work experience hours at a drug/alcohol abuse agency, and passing the written exams given by the state agency that administers the LCDC license. Students completing the Certificate of completion in Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counseling will be eligible to receive licensure as Counselor Interns prior to completing all of the requirements for the LCDC license. Students should contact the appropriate state agency for current information about licensure ad Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. The capstone course for the Certificate of Completion in Drug/Alcohol Counseling is SCWK 2487, Internship-Social Work II.

Areas of Study: Introduction to Social Work:
Interview and Counseling, Human Behavior and Social Environment, Group and Family Intervention, Abnormal Behavior: Adults, Problems of Children and Adolescents, Internship at a Social Service Agency

Jobs: Counselor Intern, Community Worker, Caseworker Assistant, Social Service Aid, Case Manager and Field Representative

Places of Employment:
Mental Health Agencies, Intellectual Disabilities Agencies, Adult Day Care and Nursing Facilities, Elementary, Middle and High Schools, State/Local Government Agencies, Hospitals and Hospices, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agencies and Community Agencies

Salary Range:
$25,000 – $30,000 Texas
$30,000 – $35,000 Nationwide
$35,000 - $40,000 Experience

Note: Average Salaries


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 District Wide Coordinator

Arturo Acosta

Valle Verde Campus

(915) 831-3110

aacost96@epcc.edu