Developing and Teaching anMSWCapstone Course Using Case Methods of Instruction

  • Terry A. Wolfer
  • Miriam L. Freeman
  • Rita Rhodes
Keywords: Social work education, casemethod teaching, course development, capstone course


Using an innovative process, the authors and their colleagues developed a case-oriented MSW capstone course. This article outlines the process of developing the course, choosing instructional methods and materials, and preparing instructors to teach the course. It reviews the process of teaching the course, including preparing to teach individual class sessions, identifying and dealing with several instructional challenges that emerged, and designing means to evaluate the course. The authors provide specific recommendations to faculty who wish to provide a similar course. In particular, they show how course development involves substantial, ongoing collaboration by faculty that yield exceptional benefits.