How to Become a Social Worker in Missouri
What are the Different Types of Social Workers’ Licenses in Missouri?
There are two types of social workers’ licenses available in Missouri:
Individuals who are interested in pursing a social worker’s license in Missouri must first complete specific coursework and obtain a degree in social work. Some field experience may be required, and individuals must register to take a state-level examination. Below is a general outline of the license requirements for the state of Missouri. More detailed information can be found via the Missouri Division of Professional Registration.
What Kind of Degree is Required to Become a Social Worker in Missouri?
Individuals seeking a social work license in the state of Missouri must obtain at least a Bachelor’s Degree from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). To obtain the LCSW, individuals will need a Master’s Degree.
|Education Requirements||Education Length||Available Programs|
|LMSW (Licensed Master's Social Worker)||Master's||6 Years||Online or Campus|
|LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)||Master's +3000 Clinical Hours||7-8 Years||Online or Campus|
Upon graduating from a BSW program in social work, individuals are entitled to apply for licensure with the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. Candidates must submit to a background check through 3M/Cogent Services and mail the receipt along with their application. Upon approval, individuals may take the state examination to become a LMSW. Those who hold a license as a LMSW may proceed further to obtain the LCSW.
Those who wish to pursue a LMSW in Missouri must first graduate from an accredited BSW program. Upon completion of that, individuals may apply to take the state examination. There are no field requirements to obtain the LMSW.
In order to obtain the LMSW in Missouri, individuals must take and pass the Bachelor’s Level Examination given by the Association of Social Work Boards.
Individuals who intend to pursue the LCSW in Missouri must first hold the LMSW license. In addition, they must obtain a certain amount of field experience and apply for the license through the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. Once approved, they may apply for the state-level examination to become a LCSW.
Those who wish to pursue the LCSW in Missouri must first hold the LMSW license. After obtaining that, they must gain at least 3,000 hours of supervised social work experience. After completion of the required experience, individuals have between 24 and 48 months to apply with the Missouri Department of Professional Registration to take the state examination.
In order to obtain the LCSW in Missouri, individuals must take and pass the Clinical Level Examination given by the ASWB.
Social Worker Career Outlook In Missouri
The Bureau of Labor Statistics gathered data regarding employment and wages in Missouri for all industries, including social work, in May of 2011. According to the data collected, the BLS reports that there were 7,140 child, family and school social workers and 4,580 social workers in a clinical setting. Child, family and school social workers earned a median annual salary of $34,470 and those in healthcare earned a median annual salary of $41,770. For more information on the state occupational employment data and wage estimates, please visit the Missouri Occupational Employment Statistics page with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.