Field Education for Master of Social Work
Supported professional experience for NAU students earning degrees in Social Work
The Social Work Field Education Program is your opportunity to gain real-world experience in a supported context and build your resume working with local agencies. You will apply what you learn in the classroom and move one big step closer to a career in social work. This firsthand experience will help you discover, develop, and enhance your social work skills.
Royse, D., Dhopper, S., Rompf E. (2012). Field Instruction. A Guide for Social Work Students, Lon Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
- 2-year program requires two different internships for a total of 900 hours (450 per year).
- Advanced Standing program requires one internship for a total of 450 hours.
- Students in the online programs are allowed to complete their internship within their local community.
- Additional requirements needed for internship at place of employment
How does Field Education relate to my other classes
- Each semester is set up as 2, 7 1/2-week sessions for a total of 15 credits that includes a 3 credit Field Foundation class that is a 16-week class.
- MSW Degree Plan Two Year Full Time
- MSW Degree Plan Advanced Standing
Field Education partnerships:
Field placement sites offer students exposure to, and work within, the micro, mezzo, and macro practice fields. Some common types of field placement sites are:
- community-based mental health
- substance abuse treatment
- legal assistant offices
- juvenile/adult probation
- hospital/medical setting
- school-based setting
- adult or geriatric services
- domestic violence shelters
- crisis response with local police and fire department
- veteran’s administration
Field Placement Terminology Accordion Closed
Field Placement: Internship
Field Placement Site: The community entity (agency, school, hospital, etc.) that offers and accepts a student for an internship. All the Field Placement Sites must have an agreement with NAU to provide this learning experience.
Field Liaison: NAU Social Work Faculty or Faculty Community Representative that will follow you through your placement.
Field Instructor or Field Supervisor: Staff member from your field placement site that you will report to, will supervise your internship, and evaluate your skills, knowledge and social work competency.
Task Instructor: The person designated by your Field Instructor to assist with your internship. This person is also employed by the field placement site.
Social Work Education Assessment Project (SWEAP): The online tool used to evaluate the student at mid-point and final.