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SP2 is the first US-based social work program to offer an LGBTQ Certificate. Students who complete the certificate will be positioned to work with LGBTQ populations and LGBTQ-related issues across a wide array of job titles and roles relating to counseling, health care, education, and law.

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Eligibility

Eligibility

certificate requirements

Certificate Requirements

Students customize their course of study, with guidance from specialization faculty, by choosing from a wide range of electives while completing the following requirements.

Course requirements

Students must complete three courses related to gender, sexuality, and/or LGBTQ communities including:

Course in human sexuality

Existing courses that would meet this requirement include:

  • SWRK 7560: Human Sexuality
  • EDUC 5587: Human Sexuality

Course in advanced clinical (physical and mental health) or applied practice (legal, policy) with LGBTQ communities

Existing courses that would meet this requirement include:

  • SWRK 7980: Supporting LGBTQ Individuals over the Lifespan
  • MSSP/SWRK 7410: Gender & Social Policy

Elective related to gender, sexuality and/or LGBTQ communities

Existing courses that would meet this requirement include:

  • SWRK 7980: LGBTQ Communities and Social Policy
  • EDUC 6178: Gender and Sexuality in Education
  • EDUC 5190: Gender and Education

Students can meet this requirement by taking a second clinical or applied practice course as described above.

Pro-seminar requirement

Field requirement

Completing the Certificate

Completing the Certificate

Contact Us

Amy Hillier

Faculty Director, LGBTQ Certificate

215 746 5486

ahillier@upenn.edu