The Pocono Program at East Stroudsburg University is the newest, fastest growing, and most diverse location of the School of Social Work’s MSW Program. Students come from throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Poconos, and Western New Jersey. The faculty include tenured and tenure track faculty members in the School of Social Work and practitioners from the local area who bring knowledge of both the content area they teach in and familiarity with the population and needs of the region.
There is a very active Pocono Program Student Association, run by the students. The association identifies at least one local charity or cause to support during the academic year, as well as actively participating in NASW PA’s annual Legislative Advocacy Day in Harrisburg. The association holds periodic lunch time meetings on class days to help build comradery across the three class years and to develop future leaders to assure its ongoing activities and success.
The decision to move the program to the campus of East Stroudsburg University was in response to the perceived need for more social workers in the region. The program accepts part-time, advanced standing students into a two-year sequence, and part-time, traditional students into a three-year sequence. Classes are held on Saturdays, year-round, with students taking 2 courses, on alternate Saturdays, in each semester during the academic year and 2 courses in the summer. Advanced standing students do a one-year field placement in their second year and traditional students do placements in their second and third years. Field placements are available in a variety of settings throughout the region, with new settings being identified continually. Some field placements are provided on the campus of ESU.
The Pocono Program collaborates on a number of activities each year with the East Stroudsburg University BSSW Program. These include an annual continuing education conference for students, faculty, field instructors, and agency-based social workers on some aspect of diversity; attendance at NASW PA’s Legislative Advocacy Day; and an annual reception for the social work graduates of both programs. Pocono Program students are provided library privileges, computer accounts, access to computer labs, and dining facilities at ESU.
"Rosa sat so that Martin could walk. Martin walked so that Barack could run. Barack ran so that all our children can fly." Kiara Day
East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Dr. Lloyd L. Lyter, Director, MSW Pocono Program at East Stroudsburg University
Christina Car Gigler, Director of Field Education for Lehigh Valley and Pocono MSW Programs
(610) 282-1100 ext. 1541