Purpose - To Enhance and Support Oklahoma's Public Child Welfare Workforce

  • Recruit qualified BSW and MSW students into CWPEP.  This is NOT a financial aid program;
  • Provide social work educational opportunities to OKDHS staff;
  • Provide mandatory Child Welfare related electives and internship opportunities to participants;
  • Provide CWPEP participants with financial support covering books, fees and tuition in return for a specified employment obligation in a Child Welfare position with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) or a Tribe with which OKDHS has a Tribal/State Agreement.

Stipend Amounts

BSW $891/month for 8 months = $7,128/academic year;
For OKDHS & tribal employees, payment for tuition, fees & books is paid directly to East Central University ~ No stipend payment is made to the student.

Employment Obligation

  • Work for OKDHS or a Tribe in a Child Welfare position for 12 months for each academic year of financial support;
  • Failure to complete the educational program or the employment obligation requires repayment of all funds.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be admitted to the ECU Social Work Program in Ada or in McAlester;
  • Demonstrate an interest in a career in public child welfare through application, interviews, written essay and references and attend a child welfare orientation presented by OKDHS in Norman, OK;
  • Sign a legally binding contract obligating the student to work for OKDHS/Tribe upon graduation;
  • Provide a background check from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), including a sex offenders and violent crimes check, and a driving records check from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety or the current state of residence;
  • Be a Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States.


Amy Ward amyawar@ecok.edu 580-559-5402

CWPEP Programs for BSW Students at Other Universities Statewide

A title IV-E partnership between:

East Central University
The University of Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services
US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families