Path to Licensure Program


ASWB’s Path to Licensure program is designed to bring the worlds of education and regulation together in the classroom to strengthen student and faculty knowledge of professional regulation and its important connection to public protection and social work values and ethics.

Path to Licensure seeks to build a bridge to understanding so that professional regulation is embraced as an essential component of the social work profession, just as it is embraced in other health care professions such as medicine and nursing.


The Path to Licensure program was developed under the leadership of ASWB CEO Mary Jo Monahan, LCSW.  Her experience includes practicing as a clinical social worker, serving as a member of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, and teaching as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida for more than 22 years.

Leveraging Monahan’s expertise in all three social work arenas, ASWB has built a framework for helping social work programs integrate the concepts of professional regulation into their classroom instruction through a variety of educational activities.

The program

The goal of the Path to Licensure program is to unify social workers in the education, regulation, and practice arenas in helping social work students transition successfully to professional practice. ASWB will partner with CSWE-accredited social work programs to help them customize the Path to Licensure program to meet their own teaching needs.

The program is designed to be customized to the needs of each school of social work. As part of the ongoing support to the program, educators will receive up-to-date information about regulation and licensure in their state, territory, or province so they can help students understand their specific jurisdiction’s requirements and the roles and responsibilities of the key agencies and organizations involved in professional regulation.

Productive partnerships

The Path to Licensure program fosters partnerships among schools of social work and ASWB to engage faculty and students in educational activities and classroom instruction. In this way, the program raises awareness of:

  • The critical role of regulation in public protection
  • The critical role of regulation in setting quality assurance minimum standards for the profession and its essential connection to social work values and ethics
  • The licensing examination, licensure process, and the interrelated roles of key organizations including ASWB, social work regulatory bodies, CSWE, NASW, BPD, and NADD

Pilot programs

In the fall of 2013, ASWB launched the Path to Licensure program at two schools of social work: The School of Social Work at Texas State University-San Marcos and Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City, New York.

These pilot schools work with ASWB to develop educational activities that can be used in two different academic settings: the classroom and the field. As teams at each university establish successful programs, outreach focuses on expansion to other schools with social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Further information

Further information related to the program—and many other materials—can be found at our Free Resources page. You can also look up your state’s social work statutes and regulations.

Interest in the Path to Licensure program can be expressed completing this form or by contacting Jan Fitts at 800.225.6880 or