Social Work Field Experience
Social work field placement program
Our program is designed to put you in local agencies and
gain real world experience. You will
apply what you learned in the classroom and get one step closer to a career in
social work. You will discover, develop,
and enhance your social work skills.
- Concurrent field placement: here, you can gain
experience at an agency while you are taking courses. Work three days a week at the agency for a
minimum of 240 hours per semester and earn 6 credit hours.
- If you have completed all your social work
courses, you can still participate for an entire semester. Here, you will work at an agency full time
and gain an intense field experience.
You must work a minimum of 40 hours per week for twelve weeks and earn
12 credit hours.
Field experience examples
You can find experience in these settings:
Contact the field placement coordinator, Mary Damskey for more opportunities.
To obtain field experience, you must:
- have formally applied and been accepted as a social
- have an overall GPA of 2.25
- have attained senior status and have completed
SW 321 with a grade of B or
better. In addition, for block
placement, you will have completed all required courses
- attend a field placement application orientation
and follow the procedures for applying for field placement
- agree to adhere to the agency rules and
regulations as they apply to the field placement
- not be placed in an agency of current employment
without prior approval of the Field Education Coordinator; the following
criteria are used to determine the appropriateness of a student placement with
an agency in which currently employed:
- Field instruction is provided by a person with
the BSW or MSW degree.
- The tasks and activities associated with the
student’s field placement are clearly separated and differentiated from the
tasks and activities of the student’s current employment and are documented in
the Field Placement Learning Contract.
- The tasks and activities available to the
student must meet the field placement requirement of engagement in planned
change activities with diverse populations across system levels.
- The agency administration agrees to the
arrangement with a statement of acknowledging the role differences between
employee and field placement student, and an understanding that the purpose of
field placement is for student learning, development, and mastery of generalist
social work competencies.
- participate in the field seminar offered concurrently
with field placement
- complete a minimum of 480 clock hours in a field
placement setting. You may register for as few as 6 credits or as many as 12
credits of SW 408 in any given semester, with a total of 12 credit hours required. The approximate breakdown of agency hours to
credit equivalence is as follows:
|Credits||Total Clock Hrs/Semester|
You must fulfill the following before enrolling in SW 408
1. Check with your adviser for
specific requirements and assessment of preparedness for field placement. The requirements for field placement outlined
above must be met.
2. Attend a Field Placement
3. Complete an application for social
work field placement. You are expected to discuss and review the
completed field application with your academic advisor and obtain your
adviser’s signature on your application before submitting it to the Field
4. Schedule an appointment to meet
with the Field Education Coordinator
to review the completed application for social work field placement and discuss
placement preferences. You may provide the Field Education Coordinator with a
list of potential field placement settings not currently identified as an
approved field placement agency, but all contacts with
potential field placement settings will be initiated by the Field Education
5. The Field Education Coordinator
will match your preference with the availability of approved field placement
resources and notify you and agency of the recommended match. Included in the notification of the
recommended placement to the agency will be a copy of your resume and your
responses to questions 1-4 on the application form.
6. When you receive this
notification, you will initiate contact with the recommended field placement
agency to schedule an interview—essentially a job interview—with the Field
Instructor and other agency representatives as required by the agency. The Field Instructor or designated agency
representative will notify the Field Education Coordinator of the outcome of
You will receive confirmation of the agency placement from
the Field Education Coordinator.
Starting spring semester April 15
Starting summer semester November 15
Starting fall semester February 15
For additional information regarding field placement, please
review the BSW Field Manual.
Field Placement Forms
Agency agreement contract
Agency evaluation of field education program