Students are required to complete 480 field experience hours at a social service agency under the supervision of a bachelors level (BSW) or masters level (MSW) practicing social worker. The practicing social worker, called the Field Instructor, provides the student with broad exposure to social work roles and responsibilities.
Students interested in enrolling in the field program must first successfully complete all required social work courses. There are three options for completing the field practicum. Social Work Field Experience (SOCWORK 493) may be completed over the course of one traditional semester, two traditional semesters, or during the summer session. The majority of social work students complete the field experience over the course of one semester. This format requires the student to work approximately 32 hours a week. Those students who complete their field experience over the course of two semesters will work approximately 16-20 hours per week. Students who wish to complete their field experience over the summer, will work approximately 40 hours a week over the 12-week summer session.
Students interested in enrolling in field practicum, are required to review the Department of Social Work Field Program Manual for Field Students, Faculty, and Instructors. This manual outlines the roles, responsibilities, expectations of students, Faculty Field Liaisons, Field Instructors and agency sites in the field practicum.
Students are required to apply for field placement the semester prior to entering the field practicum. To apply for Field, please complete the online field application, and submit it by the due date indicated below.
|If you wish to complete field in:||Prior Semester in Which to Register||Field Application Packet Due Date*|
|* if date falls on weekend, packet is due the next business day|
Applying for field also requires you attend the Field Orientation Presentation. This presentation is given in the Social Work Practice 3 (SOCWORK 473) course. The presentation will share information about the field application process and expectations of the student in the Social Work Experience course. The in-class presentation will also provide the student with opportunities to ask questions about the field practicum experience. Students who miss the in-class Field Orientation Presentation must meet with the Field Coordinator prior to being assigned a Faculty Field Liaison.
Students are asked to identify three areas of interest and three agencies on the online field application. To learn more about possible placement sites, please access the link below:
Several things happen after students submit the complete online field application. To learn more about the process, please see the Outline of Steps in the Field Placement Process below:
There are several tools and resources that students may need while in the field :