Online Bachelor’s In Family And Child Social Work Degree
Credit Hours
Degree CSWE
Class Type
Online* with one virtual intensive
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024

Bring Hope and Healing to At-Risk Youth and Their Families with a Bachelor’s in Social Work – Child and Family

Do you have a passion for working with children and adolescents? With Liberty’s online Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) – Child and Family, you can learn how to offer hope and healing to hurting families. Through this program, you can explore ways to address challenges in areas such as grief, family stress, neglect, substance abuse, bullying, poverty, and immigration.

The skills taught in this program can be applied to a variety of settings, including adoption and foster care agencies, group homes, residential treatment facilities, schools, community centers, counseling practices, international work, and missions. As you dive into your BSW courses, you’ll explore cutting-edge social work research and practices – allowing you to gain a well-rounded understanding of the issues facing many of today’s youth and their families.

We’re excited to partner with you as you take this important next step in your education. Pursue your online BSW and see how you can make an impact in your community and beyond!

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work – Child and Family?

Liberty has been a pioneer in distance education since 1985, so we know how to design programs that blend accessibility and high-quality academics. Explore the benefits of choosing Liberty University for your social work education:

  • Flexible Courses | Are you worried that going back to school means putting your life on hold? One of the unique advantages of Liberty University’s social work program is its flexibility. We offer a rigorous online curriculum that allows you to balance your education with your other commitments. Whether you’re a working professional, a parent, or have other important responsibilities outside of school, our courses are designed to fit around your schedule.
  • In-Person Training | Our online BSW degree emphasizes the importance of practical experience. In addition to completing online coursework, you will participate in 2 field placements! These hands-on opportunities enable you to apply what you’ve learned in real-world situations and put your skills to the test.
  • Accreditation | Liberty University holds institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Additionally, our online bachelor’s in social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). You can trust that your degree from Liberty University aligns with industry standards.
  • Experienced Professors | Our faculty members bring a wealth of experience to the classroom. Our professors have worked extensively in the field of social work, allowing them to share real-world insights and practical knowledge with you. Their expertise goes beyond theory, providing you with a valuable perspective on the challenges and opportunities you may encounter in your career.

What Will You Learn in Our BSSW – Child and Family Social Work Degree?

Liberty University’s bachelor’s in social work program offers a comprehensive journey that can help strengthen your understanding of this vital field. Our core curriculum covers essential topics, including research, statistics, chemical dependency, and mental health, providing you with a strong foundation to make a meaningful impact.

Our online BSW also emphasizes ethical practice, so you can learn to navigate complex ethical dilemmas as you serve your clients. Understanding social welfare and policy is crucial, which is why this social work bachelor’s program provides insight into the systems and policies impacting society. Additionally, you can develop the skills needed to work effectively with diverse populations, from individuals to families and groups.

Within the child and family cognate, you will dive into topics such as the following:

  • How to address challenges related to grief and loss, bullying and school issues, trauma, poverty, substance use, mental health, family issues, and immigration
  • Major areas of developmental psychopathology from infancy through adolescence
  • Recent changes in approach to child protective services, kinship/foster care, adoption, group/residential care, reunification, prevention, and church/community engagement
  • Services, practices, and laws that are in place to ensure child and adolescent well-being, safety, and permanency
  • Theory, empirical research, and interventions related to behavioral, emotional, and cognitive disorders
  • Trauma-informed, evidence-based interventions for children

Field experiences are at the heart of our program, giving you the opportunity for hands-on practice in real-world settings. These field placements can help you see how what you’ve learned in your coursework is applicable to real-life scenarios. Partner with us and prepare to make a positive difference in the lives of others!

Featured Courses

  • PSYC 345 – Exceptional Child
  • SOWK 462 – Children and Family Services and Practice*
  • SOWK 464 – SW Practice with Children and Adolescents*
  • SOWK 466 – Trauma-Informed Interventions with Children and Families*

*Course guide coming soon

Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our BSSW – Family and Child Social Work Degree

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online BSW degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
  • Liberty’s online BS in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) – so you can be confident in the quality of your education.
  • You’ll complete field placements in your area that allow you to learn under practicing professionals and gain real-world experience.

BSSW – Child and Family Social Work Degree Information

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Military Benefits for Our Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Online

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
  • Potential college credit for military training

Potential Career Fields for Graduates of Our BSSW – Child and Family Social Work Degree

By earning a BSSW – family and child social work degree, you could pursue a career in fields such as the following:

  • Adoption
  • Children’s behavioral health
  • Family advocacy
  • Family support
  • Foster care
  • Group homes/residential treatment
  • Hospital social work
  • Prevention services
  • Psychiatric social work
  • School social work

Note: Many states require an MSW to conduct clinically focused work such as crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical therapy, and motivational interviewing. Because requirements for becoming a social worker may vary, be sure to research your state’s licensure requirements for more information.

Admission Requirements for Our Online Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work

Applicants must have a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Official high school transcripts or official GED test scores are required for an official admissions decision
    • Students may be allowed to enroll in up to 12 credit hours with Liberty with the submission of an unofficial high school transcript and our High School Self-Certification form
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.