Social work in schools

Requirements for Temporary Approval for Michigan School Social Workers

Temporary approval by the State Department of Education is required for employment as a school social worker. Faculty of the School of Social Work who granted the Master of Social Work degree to the applicant recommends temporary approval to the State Department of Education. Evidence of the knowledge and competencies outlined in the "State Rules and Regulations for School Social Work" must be on file with the University. Wayne State University, Master of Social Work graduates who have fulfilled requirements to meet the Temporary Approval, can apply to have a SSW-310 University Recommendation completed. Prospective job applicants then can provide this form as proof of eligibility for temporary approval. Once the applicant has received an offer of employment, the employing school district then completes the lower portion of the SSW-310 and forwards it to the State of Michigan, Department of Education. 


Helpful Information

A student who has never been formally admitted to a graduate program at Wayne State University must file an initial Graduate application with the University Admissions Office using the online application. Student will select 'Non-Degree Social Work' for the academic program and major. Official transcripts of all college level work, both undergraduate and graduate, are to be sent directly to the University Admissions Office by the institution where the applicant was enrolled. Students must pay any associated admission application fees.  ​ 

A student who has already been admitted as a graduate student and who is in good standing must request a Change of Status with the School of Social Work Office of Admissions and Student Services by sending an email to noting they wish to return and enroll in post master coursework.

Please see link below for directions on how to register for classes  

PLEASE NOTE - Non-Degree Status is ineligible for financial aid; therefore, please be mindful when you apply for this status as you will be responsible to pay all tuition fees.

WSU students/alumna meeting all requirements for the Temporary Approval for Michigan School Social Workers can request that a SSW-310 form be issued by submitting the online application at   
Allow 3-5 weeks for processing.  For questions, please contact Karen Weiner Temporary Approval Coordinator at