Mental Health
Social Worker

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Salary: $29,986 - $53,024
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Hourly: $12.26 - $26.67
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 4-8 years
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Length of Training
Training for social workers ranges from a Bachelor’s degree to a Doctoral degree. The Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) prepares students for general practice. Students wishing to specialize must earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

Licensure/Certification

The Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners regulates the profession of social work in Texas. To become licensed, an applicant must provide letters of recommendation, hold at least a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited university, and pass a board-approved competency examination administered by a national testing agency. National certifcation is available through the National Association of Social Workers. Social workers may earn the following certification credentials, which depend on their level of education and work experience:

Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW)—a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited university.

Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW)—a master’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited university.

LMSW-Advanced Practitioner (AP)—this is an upgrade to the LMSW license. It requires three years of full-time experience in a non-clinical social work position after completion of the qualifications for licensure as an LMSW, with two of the years under the supervision of an LMSW-AP or LCSW.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) —three years of full-time experience in a clinical social work position after completion of the qualifications for licensure as an LMSW, with two of the years under the supervision of an LCSW.

Educational Programs

University or College City Degree*
Abilene Christian University Abilene B
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Angelo State University San Angelo B
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Baylor University Waco B,M
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Hardin-Simmons University Abilene B
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Howard Payne University Brownwood B
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Huston-Tillotson University Austin B
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Lamar University Beaumont B
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Lubbock Christian University Lubbock B
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Midwestern State University Wichita Falls B
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Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio San Antonio B,M
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Prairie View A&M University Prairie View B
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South Texas College McAllen B
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Southwestern Adventist University Keene B
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Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie B
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St. Edward's University Austin B
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Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches B,M
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Tarleton State University Stephenville B
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Texas A&M International University Laredo B
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Texas A&M University - Central Texas Killeen B
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Texas A&M University-Commerce Commerce B,M
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Texas A&M University-Kingsville Kingsville B,M
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Texas Christian University Fort Worth B
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Texas College Tyler B
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Texas Southern University Houston B
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Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos B,M
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Texas Tech University Lubbock B
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Texas Woman's University Denton B
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The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington B,M,D
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The University of Texas at Austin Austin B,M,D
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The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso B,M
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The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio M
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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa B
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The University of Texas Pan American Edinburg B,M
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University of Houston Houston M,D
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University of Houston-Clear Lake Houston B
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University of Houston-Downtown Houston B
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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton B
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University of North Texas Denton B
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West Texas A&M University Canyon B,M
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate