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Wurzweiler School of Social Work

WHERE PASSION MEETS PURPOSE

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About Us

For over 60 years, Wurzweiler School of Social Work has been a leader in social work education, ranked among the top MSW programs in the nation.
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About Us

For over 60 years, Wurzweiler School of Social Work has been a leader in social work education, ranked among the top MSW programs in the nation.
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Program Flexibility

We welcome the brightest minds to our institution and offer them the freedom to choose a program that best suits their academic and professional needs.

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Small Setting

Wurzweiler students benefit from small and nurturing classroom settings, individualized mentoring from faculty advisors, and supervised fieldwork opportunities in every sector of social services.

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Become

Our ultimate goal is to provide students with the skills to support individuals, groups, and communities in need, because we believe that changing the world starts with changing one life. 

After graduation, our alumni go on to become clinicians, researchers, professors, agency directors, and more.

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Our Programs

No matter which program you choose, you’ll be equipped with the tools to improve the lives of vulnerable populations across the globe.
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Our Programs

No matter which program you choose, you’ll be equipped with the tools to improve the lives of vulnerable populations across the globe.

Latest News

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Wurzweiler Combines Social Work and Education in New Master’s Degrees

Bringing Passion to Pedagogy for Special Needs Students

Read the full article…

Wurzweiler Combines Social Work and Education in New Master’s Degrees

Two new master’s degree programs in special education at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work combine a compassionate approach to human welfare with a strong pedagogical foundation for teachers instructing students with varied abilities and special needs.

One program will cover teaching students with disabilities from birth to grade 2; the second, grades 1—6. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts and be prepared for their initial certification exam as well as their certification in special education.

Each program will focus on developing the skills to teach children who require specialized support. The curriculum includes courses in childhood development, pedagogical practice, differentiated instruction and inclusive practices.

“These culturally-sensitive programs are rooted in the values of social justice and equity and will provide opportunities for students who are specifically looking to work in Jewish educational settings as well as secular environments,” said Dr. Joan Rosenberg, founding director of the program.

“As with all Wurzweiler programs, students receive extensive support from faculty, academic advisers and student teaching supervisors as well as from their cooperating teachers with whom they work very closely,” she explained.

The programs are open to individuals just entering the field as well as experienced teachers who want to become certified to teach special education.

Dr. Danielle Wozniak, the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, is especially excited to offer existing teachers the opportunity to advance their careers in education as well as improve their earning potential.

Dean Wozniak added, “The program’s first cohort is expected to be as diverse and eager to learn as the groups of students they will educate. Wurzweiler students will understand that the process of learning to be a teacher is never finished. Our graduates will become reflective life-long learners.”

To learn more, visit www.yu.edu/wurzweiler/special-education
 

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Educating Rabbinic Clergy for End-of-Life Issues

News About Wurzweiler’s Rabbinic Certificate on Gerontology and Palliative Care

Read the full article...

Educating Rabbinic Clergy for End-of-Life Issues

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University offers a unique 18-credit advanced Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care for rabbis and cantors of all denominations to address a national need for well-trained clergy who can support healthy aging and deliver compassionate, quality care for serious and advanced illness. A small number of other professionals serving the Jewish community may also be considered for the program.

The program is offered completely online to make it as convenient as possible for working professionals to participate. Gary Stein, professor at Wurzweiler and one of the architects of the program, hopes to recruit a first cohort comprised of “our rabbinical students at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and community rabbis and cantors.” Students and clergy will be supported by scholarships to make the classes affordable.

The curriculum will be integrated with current rabbinic and religious education and cover the following areas: basic counseling with individuals, families and groups; building healthy relationships through the life span; social gerontology; palliative care and social work practice with serious illness; coping with loss; and aging in the Jewish community.

In addition, while the 18 credits from this certificate may be applied toward a full 60-credit Master in Social Work (MSW) at Wurzweiler, the certificate program is also self-contained, fulfilling the needs of those who feel they need strong grounding but who do not necessarily need to engage in advanced study. In this way, the certificate provides flexible solutions to meet the different needs of rabbis. Those who opt to complete Wurzweiler’s MSW program will be eligible for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker.

The program will convene an advisory council of community and religious leaders along with seasoned practitioners in palliative care and gerontology to evaluate the courses and identify rabbinical networks for recruitment.

Stein noted that “it is fitting and appropriate for Wurzweiler, based at Yeshiva University, to be reaching out to rabbinical students as well as community rabbis and cantors to help them provide the best care to their congregants, many of whom who are older and facing serious illness, and to the families taking on the roles of caregivers.”

“The core values of the social work profession,” said Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, “obligate us to care for every aspect of people’s well-being from the beginning of their lives until the end. This certificate program fulfills this mission with both elegance and efficiency, empowering rabbis and other spiritual counselors to provide assistance that satisfies the physical, emotional and religious needs of their charges.”

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WSSW in Israel: A Program 40 Years Young

Program in Israel Graduates Social Workers Licensed in Both the United States and Israel

Read the full article…

WSSW in Israel: A Program 40 Years Young

What is the genesis of the program?

Wurzweiler has had a program in Israel for over 40 years as part of our summer block program, where students come to New York in the summer (generally in June or July) and take their classes in a concentrated block, hence the name. They then return to their home country, in this case Israel, and complete their field practicum hours at a local agency. Students may also take online or live online classes during the academic year when they are in the field.

What makes this program stand out from other programs?

First, it’s the only program in any school of social work that graduates social workers who can be licensed in both the United States and Israel.

Second, we’ve built a blended learning environment that accommodates students where they live and work. We have a strong relationship with Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where students take their practice classes and a policy class. Students can take their classes live online with Wurzweiler faculty and curriculum through our unique Zoom mediated classes, and if you want a face-to-face academic experience, we welcome you to the Summer Block program.

Third, our faculty are as blended as the program! Because of our partnership with Hebrew University, some of our teachers are Israelis based in Israel. Others are New York-based faculty. And still others are faculty we have recruited from around the United States with distinguished expertise.

How do you ensure that students dispersed around the world feel like a community?

We bring students together from all over the world to learn from very experienced and knowledgeable faculty and from a diverse student body. Students who take live online classes feel they are a part of their cohort; they build a learning community for the semester or for the year that is also a part of a global community. With live online and online classes, time and distance fall away as impediments to closeness and sharing. Classroom and field experiences are no longer geographically bounded. This makes for a very rich and enriched academic experience.

Describe the background of the students.

Many students have recently made aliyah and tend to be in their early 30s or late 20s. They are passionate about helping those in need and bettering society. Some of our students have had other careers and are now coming to social work as a second career. Others have always done social work in one form or another and are now seeking a degree to give them the added skills and credentials they need.

Can you give some examples of the supervised placements that are a part of the program?

We place students in social service agencies that work with every population and problem imaginable. Agencies eagerly embrace our students because they know they are very bright and come prepared. We place students in hospitals, clinics, schools, communities, disaster relief. Anywhere there is human pain, we are there.

How does the program reflect the Wurzweiler philosophy?

At Wurzweiler, our commitment to quality education is unwavering. We also are unwavering in our commitment to small classes, individualized attention, advising and instruction. This is the kind of nurturing that social work requires. It is the kind of education our students deserve. At Wurzweiler, we know your name, we know your strengths and we know what it is you want to work on. We join with you in achieving this. Because the world deserves exceptional healers.

Short- and long-term goals?

Our mission at Wurzweiler is to help heal a fractured world. We do this by training exceptional social workers.

To effect our mission, we must make our program accessible to everyone. If students want to come to New York and take face-to-face classes or stay at home and join their class live online or take a fully online class where they work at their own pace, we have those options available. It is the same exceptional program and the same exceptional nurturing.

And we want to grow the program. Our classes are all in English and we work with students for English-based placements. We are accepting applications now for this program.
We also have a thriving doctoral cohort in Israel who meet regularly with each other and with faculty and meet with each other to discuss coursework, research and publishing. If you are interested in the doctoral program, we would love to hear from you.

Contact Information: Office of Graduate Enrollment Management
gradschool@yu.edu
1-833-241-4723

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Wurzweiler Combines Social Work and Education in New Master’s Degrees

Bringing Passion to Pedagogy for Special Needs Students

Read the full article…

Wurzweiler Combines Social Work and Education in New Master’s Degrees

Two new master’s degree programs in special education at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work combine a compassionate approach to human welfare with a strong pedagogical foundation for teachers instructing students with varied abilities and special needs.

One program will cover teaching students with disabilities from birth to grade 2; the second, grades 1—6. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts and be prepared for their initial certification exam as well as their certification in special education.

Each program will focus on developing the skills to teach children who require specialized support. The curriculum includes courses in childhood development, pedagogical practice, differentiated instruction and inclusive practices.

“These culturally-sensitive programs are rooted in the values of social justice and equity and will provide opportunities for students who are specifically looking to work in Jewish educational settings as well as secular environments,” said Dr. Joan Rosenberg, founding director of the program.

“As with all Wurzweiler programs, students receive extensive support from faculty, academic advisers and student teaching supervisors as well as from their cooperating teachers with whom they work very closely,” she explained.

The programs are open to individuals just entering the field as well as experienced teachers who want to become certified to teach special education.

Dr. Danielle Wozniak, the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, is especially excited to offer existing teachers the opportunity to advance their careers in education as well as improve their earning potential.

Dean Wozniak added, “The program’s first cohort is expected to be as diverse and eager to learn as the groups of students they will educate. Wurzweiler students will understand that the process of learning to be a teacher is never finished. Our graduates will become reflective life-long learners.”

To learn more, visit www.yu.edu/wurzweiler/special-education
 

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Educating Rabbinic Clergy for End-of-Life Issues

News About Wurzweiler’s Rabbinic Certificate on Gerontology and Palliative Care

Read the full article...

Educating Rabbinic Clergy for End-of-Life Issues

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University offers a unique 18-credit advanced Certificate Program in Gerontology and Palliative Care for rabbis and cantors of all denominations to address a national need for well-trained clergy who can support healthy aging and deliver compassionate, quality care for serious and advanced illness. A small number of other professionals serving the Jewish community may also be considered for the program.

The program is offered completely online to make it as convenient as possible for working professionals to participate. Gary Stein, professor at Wurzweiler and one of the architects of the program, hopes to recruit a first cohort comprised of “our rabbinical students at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and community rabbis and cantors.” Students and clergy will be supported by scholarships to make the classes affordable.

The curriculum will be integrated with current rabbinic and religious education and cover the following areas: basic counseling with individuals, families and groups; building healthy relationships through the life span; social gerontology; palliative care and social work practice with serious illness; coping with loss; and aging in the Jewish community.

In addition, while the 18 credits from this certificate may be applied toward a full 60-credit Master in Social Work (MSW) at Wurzweiler, the certificate program is also self-contained, fulfilling the needs of those who feel they need strong grounding but who do not necessarily need to engage in advanced study. In this way, the certificate provides flexible solutions to meet the different needs of rabbis. Those who opt to complete Wurzweiler’s MSW program will be eligible for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker.

The program will convene an advisory council of community and religious leaders along with seasoned practitioners in palliative care and gerontology to evaluate the courses and identify rabbinical networks for recruitment.

Stein noted that “it is fitting and appropriate for Wurzweiler, based at Yeshiva University, to be reaching out to rabbinical students as well as community rabbis and cantors to help them provide the best care to their congregants, many of whom who are older and facing serious illness, and to the families taking on the roles of caregivers.”

“The core values of the social work profession,” said Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dorothy and David Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler, “obligate us to care for every aspect of people’s well-being from the beginning of their lives until the end. This certificate program fulfills this mission with both elegance and efficiency, empowering rabbis and other spiritual counselors to provide assistance that satisfies the physical, emotional and religious needs of their charges.”

Israeli flag

WSSW in Israel: A Program 40 Years Young

Program in Israel Graduates Social Workers Licensed in Both the United States and Israel

Read the full article…

WSSW in Israel: A Program 40 Years Young

What is the genesis of the program?

Wurzweiler has had a program in Israel for over 40 years as part of our summer block program, where students come to New York in the summer (generally in June or July) and take their classes in a concentrated block, hence the name. They then return to their home country, in this case Israel, and complete their field practicum hours at a local agency. Students may also take online or live online classes during the academic year when they are in the field.

What makes this program stand out from other programs?

First, it’s the only program in any school of social work that graduates social workers who can be licensed in both the United States and Israel.

Second, we’ve built a blended learning environment that accommodates students where they live and work. We have a strong relationship with Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where students take their practice classes and a policy class. Students can take their classes live online with Wurzweiler faculty and curriculum through our unique Zoom mediated classes, and if you want a face-to-face academic experience, we welcome you to the Summer Block program.

Third, our faculty are as blended as the program! Because of our partnership with Hebrew University, some of our teachers are Israelis based in Israel. Others are New York-based faculty. And still others are faculty we have recruited from around the United States with distinguished expertise.

How do you ensure that students dispersed around the world feel like a community?

We bring students together from all over the world to learn from very experienced and knowledgeable faculty and from a diverse student body. Students who take live online classes feel they are a part of their cohort; they build a learning community for the semester or for the year that is also a part of a global community. With live online and online classes, time and distance fall away as impediments to closeness and sharing. Classroom and field experiences are no longer geographically bounded. This makes for a very rich and enriched academic experience.

Describe the background of the students.

Many students have recently made aliyah and tend to be in their early 30s or late 20s. They are passionate about helping those in need and bettering society. Some of our students have had other careers and are now coming to social work as a second career. Others have always done social work in one form or another and are now seeking a degree to give them the added skills and credentials they need.

Can you give some examples of the supervised placements that are a part of the program?

We place students in social service agencies that work with every population and problem imaginable. Agencies eagerly embrace our students because they know they are very bright and come prepared. We place students in hospitals, clinics, schools, communities, disaster relief. Anywhere there is human pain, we are there.

How does the program reflect the Wurzweiler philosophy?

At Wurzweiler, our commitment to quality education is unwavering. We also are unwavering in our commitment to small classes, individualized attention, advising and instruction. This is the kind of nurturing that social work requires. It is the kind of education our students deserve. At Wurzweiler, we know your name, we know your strengths and we know what it is you want to work on. We join with you in achieving this. Because the world deserves exceptional healers.

Short- and long-term goals?

Our mission at Wurzweiler is to help heal a fractured world. We do this by training exceptional social workers.

To effect our mission, we must make our program accessible to everyone. If students want to come to New York and take face-to-face classes or stay at home and join their class live online or take a fully online class where they work at their own pace, we have those options available. It is the same exceptional program and the same exceptional nurturing.

And we want to grow the program. Our classes are all in English and we work with students for English-based placements. We are accepting applications now for this program.
We also have a thriving doctoral cohort in Israel who meet regularly with each other and with faculty and meet with each other to discuss coursework, research and publishing. If you are interested in the doctoral program, we would love to hear from you.

Contact Information: Office of Graduate Enrollment Management
gradschool@yu.edu
1-833-241-4723

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