What is CWTAP?

The Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) is a way to educate and train new social workers. Students admitted to CWTAP receive full tuition. After graduation, they seek employment with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families or as a federally recognized tribal social worker, and agree to work for the same period of time for which they received tuition assistance.

CWTAP is a partnership between the state of Washington’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families and the UW School of Social Work, UW Tacoma, and Eastern Washington University. Its mission is to promote best practice in public child welfare by providing a culturally competent, skill-based, specialized MSW education.

CWTAP students complete their practicum experiences in selected Department of Children, Youth, and Families offices in Washington state, where they receive specialized practicum training and hands-on casework experience. 


Who is CWTAP For?

  • Students accepted into the MSW program who are interested in making a career commitment to public child welfare.

  • DCYF employees and federally recognized tribal social workers interested in obtaining a MSW to enhance their knowledge and skills in delivering services to families and children.

  • Other DSHS/state employees interested in obtaining a MSW degree and making a career commitment to public child welfare.

How Can I Apply?

To learn more about the application process and for each of the three universities, visit the following page.