To be concerned with curricula in social work education presupposes that social workers understand and accept the premises which underlie the people existence as a profession. The social work manpower situation throughout the world requires that the people look at more than one route to social work education and that they consider the preparation of social workers at a number of different levels and for a range of different responsibilities. Today, the people are dealing essentially with the same general components in professional education but the people have done much to sharpen and refine the interrelatedness of these components and to identify more clearly what constitutes the theoretical base of social work knowledge and method. Any framework of principles in social work education can come to fruition only if it utilizes the yeast with which this article has been dealing.