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School of Social Work

Title IV-E

The Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare is a partnership between the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Morgan State University School of Social Work, and the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) to prepare Master of Social Work (MSW) students for public child welfare practice.

Who is eligible?

  • DHS employees who completed the DHS application, were approved by their local agency, and were accepted into the MSW program at Morgan State University. 


  • MSW students (Non-DHS Employees) who have a specific interest in public child welfare social work practice and who meet the selection criteria are eligible to apply.

Students must meet, at a minimum, the following conditions:

  • Be A U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States, with documentation.
  • For DHS employees, must be a full time employee in the State Personnel Management System with at least one year of state service and a rating of "Satisfactory" or higher on their current performance evaluation to apply to DHS. Applications must be approved by DHS prior to the DHS employee applying to the Title IV-E program. DHS employees who miss the DHS application deadline will not be considered by the Program.
  • Be a full time student (registered for at least 9 credits)
  • Select Urban Children Youth and Families as the concentration
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Be enrolled in a field practicum course at Morgan State University 
  • Agree to seek and accept employment with the Maryland Department of Human Services after graduation, meeting the hiring requirements of a State of Maryland employee including criminal/CPS background checks and Maryland driver's license. Twelve months of employment obligation is incurred for each academic year (fall/spring semesters) of participation. 

Where is the placement located?

  • All student placements are located in child welfare micro and macro agencies

How much is the stipend?

  • Educational stipends are to be used for tuition, fees, and books only and are applied directly to the student's bursar account.
  • The MSW educational stipend for the academic year is up to $4,500 per semester for a total of $9,000 per year for the MSW Generalist, MSW Specialized (ASP/Second Year), and/or Advanced Standing student.

How do I apply?

I still have questions, who do I contact?

  • Thelma Rich, Director of Field Education - 443-885-1963