School Social Workers

What is a School Social Worker? 


School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a master’s degree in Social Work, licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners and possess a MSDE Certification as School Social Worker.  A School Social Worker’s educational background includes specialized training in cultural proficiency, systems theory, social justice, threat assessment and intervention, consultation and collaboration, and clinical intervention strategies to address the mental health needs of students and families.   

What do School Social Workers do?

School Social Workers have unique expertise in understanding family and community systems and connecting students and their families with community services essential to promote student success. School Social Workers provide tiered supports within levels of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) which include:

Tier I:  Universal Prevention Services

Tier II: Early Intervention Services

Tier III:  Intensive Intervention Services


Contact Information

John McGinnis
Pupil Personnel and School Social Worker Specialist
Foster Care, State Point of Contact
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-0295
Fax:410-333-8148
Email: john.mcginnis@maryland.gov