Child Welfare Education Collaboration

Have you considered a career helping the most vulnerable of society’s children and families? Would you enjoy working in a complex environment with daily opportunities to improve the lives of children on your caseload? Is meaningful and vital work on behalf of families one of the factors that drew you to social work?

If so, the Child Welfare Education Collaboration (CWEC) invites you to consider becoming a Child Welfare Scholar. CWEC is a partnership between the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services (CPS). CWEC selects students enrolled in the BSW and MSSW programs at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, prepares them for child welfare practice, provides financial support for their education, and arranges for anticipated paid employment in CPS once the student finishes the degree.

Benefits and responsibilities of being a Child Welfare Scholar include generous tuition assistance, priority in assignment to a child welfare related agency for first field experience for MSSW students, and employment within Region 7 (or out of region if there are no vacancies).

For more information, and to apply, please contact CWEC at cwec@utlists.utexas.edu. Deadlines to apply are as follows:

  • Fall semester: May 1
  • Spring semester: September 30

If you are a CPS Employee, visit our For CPS Employees page for information on financial support and other benefits.

Child Welfare Education Collaboration logoCWEC is a partnership between the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services (CPS) that links social work education and public child welfare. CWEC is funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, federal title IV-E, and cost sharing by The University of Texas at Austin.