For CPS Employees

Supporting CPS Employees Seeking Masters of Social Work Degree

Have you ever considered returning to school to get your MSSW degree in Social Work? Would you benefit from stipends to finance your education? Is meaningful and vital work on behalf of families a continuing interest to you? Would a Masters in Social Work open new possibilities for you?

If so, the Child Welfare Education Collaboration (CWEC) invites you to consider becoming a Child Welfare Scholar. CWEC is a partnership between the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services (CPS). CWEC selects students enrolled in the BSW and MSSW programs at the School of Social Work, prepares them for child welfare practice, provides financial support for their education, and arranges for anticipated paid employment in CPS once the student finishes the degree.

Benefits and responsibilities for CPS employees who are Child Welfare Scholars include reimbursed full in-state equivalent tuition, books, fees and parking for each semester the student is registered; priority registration for select practice courses and electives; 3 hours educational leave per week; commitment to work at CPS after graduation for 4 months for each semester of stipend support received, and employed by CPS 1 year, in a qualified IV-E position: CVS, FAD, PAL, Kinship.

Learn about all benefits and responsibilities in this brochure (pdf). For more information, and to apply, please contact CWEC at cwec@utlists.utexas.edu (Region 7 only).

All other regions contact your Regional Operations Support Administrator (ROSA).

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About CWEC: CWEC is a partnership between the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services (CPS) that links social work education and public child welfare. CWEC is funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, federal title IV-E, and cost sharing by The University of Texas at Austin.