How to Become a Social Worker in Missouri

MissouriWhat are the Different Types of Social Workers’ Licenses in Missouri?

There are two types of social workers’ licenses available in Missouri:

  1. Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
  2. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) 

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 an accredited Master’s Degree. The CSWE is responsible for accrediting both graduate and undergraduate social work degree programs and luckily for interested students, it keeps an active list of all the accredited degree programs around the country. Interested students should consult the list as they look around at their options.

Missouri Social Work Licenses
Education RequirementsEducation LengthAvailable Programs
 
LMSW (Licensed Master's Social Worker)Master's 6 Years Online or Campus
LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)Master's +3,000 Clinical Hours7-8 Years Online or Campus

How Do I Get My LMSW in Missouri?

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 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.

Read more about social work degrees in Missouri.

How Do I Get My LCSW in Missouri?

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 United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is responsible for collecting data regarding employment and wages in every state. As of May of 2014, according to the data collected, Missouri was home to more than 13,000 professional social workers. The vast majority of those social workers are the 7,560 child, family and school social workers while there are also 4,810 social workers employed in a healthcare setting. In addition there are more than 2,400 substance abuse social workers and another 710 specialty social workers. Child, family and school social workers earned an average annual salary of $34,490 and those in healthcare earned an average annual salary of $45,290 and substance abuse social workers earned an annual average salary of $42,210. 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.

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