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Welcome to the Central and Northern Alberta Region of the Faculty of Social Work! From our downtown Edmonton location, we are pleased to offer nationally-accredited undergraduate and graduate level education to students in central and northern Alberta.
In Edmonton, we offer the BSW and MSW programs, and administer Community-Based Learning Circles BSW programs in Grande Prairie and Red Deer. Between Fall 2015 and Summer 2017, the Learning Circles BSW will be offered to a cohort of students in Peace River.
The University of Calgary provides degree-level social work education across Alberta. The Edmonton Division opened in 1974, when it began its first BSW class. The Division moved from its original downtown location to different locations on the University of Alberta campus and in 1996 to the Garneau Professional building on Whyte Avenue and 111th Street. This summer, we moved downtown to the historic Bay Building - The University of Alberta's Enterprise Square at 10230 Jasper Avenue.
In 2000, the Faculty started the BSW Community-Based Learning Circles Program (formerly Access) to provide social work education to students in rural, remote, First Nations and Métis communities in Alberta. In 2004, the Edmonton Division began administering Learning Circles programs from Red Deer north. The Edmonton Division and these Learning Circles Programs became the Central and Northern Alberta Region of the Faculty of Social Work in 2007. That same year, we expanded further through the addition of an MSW program. Working with the Blue Quills First Nations College, we provided a culturally-informed MSW program to a group of students who convocated in June 2010; and beginning in September 2011, we offered a two-year program focused on social work practice in northern and rural communities. In total, the 15 faculty members and 3 support staff of the Central and Northern Alberta Region serve approximately 300 social work students.