The 2001 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards: Issues and Opportunities for BSW Education

  • Irene Queiro-Tajalli
  • Katharine Byers
  • Edward Fitzgerald
Keywords: BSW education, social work, EPAS, educational policies, accreditation standards


The Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) combines social work educational policies and accreditation standards within a single document. The EPAS establishes guidelines for baccalaureate and masters’ level social work education throughout the United States. In this article, the authors discuss the implications of the EPAS for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs. They focus especially upon those aspects of the EPAS that relate to foundation-level program objectives and curriculum content.