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CONNECT: Social workers are needed at all stages of life to provide resources and use evidence-based strategies, strengths-based problem solving, and create just policies.

ADVOCATE: Social workers are social activist who advocate for the vulnerable in a broad range of social issues that can include child welfare, poverty, aging, discrimination, mental health, addiction, disability, food and housing insecurity, health and more!

EMPOWER: Social Workers are change agents! They provide intervention strategies to empower individuals, families, and groups to enhance well-being and assist in developing community conditions that support and protect human rights (NASW, 2021).


jannette eldred

Jannette Eldred, MSW, LCSW

Program Director
Clinical Instructor

Welcome to Bachelor of Social Work Program at Missouri Southern State University! I am motivated to engage students through curriculum in the classroom and during numerous community events hosted by the department that are ways driven by student leadership. Our department has diverse faculty experience that supports each student’s development of knowledge and skills. Contact me today to lean how a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education creates job opportunities for your passion with people and community wellbeing!

heather eckhart

Heather Eckhart, MSW, LCSW

Field Education Coordinator 
Clinical Instructor

Field Education is considered to be the signature pedagogy in our beloved field of Social Work and we’re so proud to offer many types of diverse and experiential learning opportunities for our students. As the Field Education Coordinator, I am always searching for professional and fun agencies that offer practicum placements for our BSW Students. By the close of our adventure together, will have completed 450 field hours within an approved organization that best develops each student’s strengths. Please reach out and let’s begin your journey in the professional field of Social Work!

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