Field Education

The Council on Social Work Education, our accrediting body, considers field education to be the “signature pedagogy” or most vital component of social work education. As a graduate social work student you are required to complete a field placement in an approved social work agency each semester. A field placement is very similar to what you may think of as an internship. Field Placements provide opportunities to practice and exercise the skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom in a real world setting.

Advanced Standing students complete one field placement over one academic year. Two-year students complete two field placements over two academic years.

Students will complete a fieldwork placement of four hundred clock hours during their first year (200 clock hours each during fall and spring semesters) with a generalist perspective of social work practice through a wide range of field assignments practice behaviors. During the second year, students have two advanced practice field placements, one each semester, 250 hours each semester for a total of 500 clock hours. Students, in their advanced field internship, take courses that build and enhance their knowledge with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

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