Social work education accreditation standards have recently shifted from objective-based standards to a competency-based approach. One distinguishing characteristic of a competency-based curriculum is a focus on competence or mastery of a specific set of capabilities. In response to these changes, accredited social work programs are reorganizing curriculum and assessment plans. This article provides background information on competency-based education; curriculum mapping; and direct assessment. Additionally, the article outlines an example of the process of aligning teaching and assessment to program-level competencies with respect to the Council on Social Work Education's Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. A discussion and tools such as maps and rubrics that can help provide direction and consistency to faculty efforts in teaching and assessing also are included.

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