Online Associate Degrees in Social Work

An online associate degree program in social work may help students gain the skills and training needed to help people cope and solve problems as well as diagnose behavioral, mental, and emotional issues. Individuals enrolled in these two-year programs may learn how to assess patients’ needs, help clients adjust to changes in their lives, and respond to child abuse. Students enrolled in these courses may take a handful of general education courses alongside electives and major-specific classes, such as group dynamics and counseling, social welfare, and behavior modification.

Social work graduates may either seek entry-level employment or pursue a bachelor’s degree program. Associate-level graduates may find employment opportunities at schools, nursing homes, substance abuse clinics, and private practices.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 25% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within an online associate-level program in social work may combine several general education requirements along with major-specific online courses and electives. These two-year programs may prepare students on how to work with children and contribute to social policy change. Core online social work courses may include the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health and Wellness
  • Social Welfare
  • Behavior Modifications
  • Group Dynamics and Counseling
  • Introduction to Addiction
  • Abnormal Psychology

Career Options

Students who graduate from an online associate-level program in social work may find career opportunities in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, private practices, schools, and substance abuse clinics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those pursuing careers as social workers are expected to increase by 25% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Social Worker
  • School Counselor
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Caseworker

Continuing Education

Graduates of online associate degree programs in social work may further their education and enroll in an online bachelor’s-level degree program. These four-year programs may help students gain additional skills and training on human behavior and the social environment. Employers may prefer to hire social workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree, while some may require a master’s degree in addition to state licensure.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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