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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Social Work: M.S.W


Social Work


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Sara DeVos

Second Advisor

Sylvester Lamin

Third Advisor

Frances Kayona

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

School Social Work Ethical Dilemmas


This qualitative study’s purpose is to explore the ethical dilemmas unique to social workers who serve clients in rural k-12 public schools while adhering to the Code of Ethics as determined by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). It examines how social workers practicing in the school setting use a Code of Ethics specific to the social work profession, which varies in its core values and ethical standards when compared to the Code of Ethics For Minnesota Teachers used by teachers, principals and administrators who make up the professional majority in the host setting.