Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program

The Title IV-E  Child Welfare Work Study Program 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 Resources to prepare Master of Social Work (MSW) students for public child welfare practice.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible?

  •  MSW students 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:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Be A U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States, with documentation.
  • Students must be a full-time DHR 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. If the employee transfers to another State agency or leaves State service, that employee will no longer receive financial assistance.
  • The employee must take at least 9 credit hours each semester (15 credit hours are required for full-time status).

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.
  • 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 Foundation, MSW Second Year, and/or Advanced Standing student.

How do I apply?

I still have questions, who do I contact?         

  • Professor Thelma Rich, Director, Field Education - 443-885-1963
  • Professor Joanna Cottman, Assistant Director of Field Education - 443-885-3793
  • Ms. Dana Wilson, Director, Student Affairs and Admissions - 443-885-4232


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