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Field Education

The field component has been designated by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as the signature pedagogy for the profession. The abundance of social service agencies in our are coupled with a dedicated group of competent and caring field supervisors who unselfishly give of their time and energy provide an exceptional learning experience.

Students complete a minimum of 600 hours of in-agency, supervised work experience as part of graduation requirements. Field work is integrated with course work and provides students an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge developed in the foundation courses. Further integration is achieved through completion of written assignments demonstrating fulfillment of program objectives which relate classroom learning to actual practice experience.

Field instruction is an integral part of the curriculum wherein students are provided with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills previously developed in the foundation areas. Junior students are required to attend field two days per week (200 hours) for one semester, either Spring or Fall, and attend a weekly field seminar. They concurrently take Methods and Processes I and II and Communication Skills, the three required practice courses. Senior students attend field two days per week for the entire academic year and also attend a weekly integrating seminar each semester. There is also an option for qualified seniors to elect a block field assignment which involves a 4 ½ day placement and a two hour weekly seminar.

Progression of the Field Experience