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Program Guidelines
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Applying for Case Manager Positions with the Department of Children’s Services (ppt)
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Program Overview

The Certification Program is for social work majors who intend on working with the children and families served by the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) after graduation. DCS administers this program to better meet the challenges of child welfare by professionalizing its workforce with frontline staff trained in social work.

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for admission to the Certification Program, students must:

  • • Be a U.S citizen or, if a qualified alien, provide documentation of their eligibility for work in the U.S. for the duration of their study and their possible employment with DCS.
  • • Possess a valid driver's license, automobile insurance, and reliable transportation.
  • • Undergo a background check and fingerprinting.
  • • Be admitted into an accredited Social Work Program at a participating university.

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Program Guidelines

To remain in good standing, program participants must:

  • •Remain in good standing at their university.
  • • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.6 in social work courses.
  • • Successfully complete and receive a minimum grade of “B-” for the Child Welfare I & II courses offered by their university.
  • • Successfully complete the university field placement requirement, which must include a field placement of a minimum of 370 hours in a Tennessee DCS Regional Office.
  • • Submit all requested information and documentation to DCS (e.g. transcripts, forms, updates).

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Forms and Information

Certification Program Process
  o For prospective program participants seeking admission into the program

Applying for Case Manager Positions with the Department of Children's Services (ppt)

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Contact Information

Department of Children’s Services
Cordell Hull Building 7th Floor
436 6th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37234
615-253-6821
 IV-E_Tuition.EI-DCS@tn.gov

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Participating Universities

Austin Peay State University
East Tennessee State University
Freed-Hardeman University
Middle Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University
Union University
University of Memphis
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
University of Tennessee at Martin

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