Field education for both the BASW and MSW programs provides experiential opportunities within human service organizations directed toward the development of professional identity, self-understanding and competent practice. Classroom learning and theoretical content are integrated into field education through the required competencies outlined by the accrediting body, Council on Social Work Education. Application and integration are reinforced within the field integrative seminars.
The purpose of this site is to organize the roles, responsibilities, policies, procedures and resources to provide consistency and accuracy in mastering the requirements of field education. In addition, the site provides information that is relative to students and other members of our field education constituency. If, for some reason, the information you need is not available through the links located on the left margin, please feel free to contact us. If you are an agency that is interested in hosting students, please fill out our Field Education Agency Inquiry form.
Within the BASW program students complete two semesters of field education (5 credits each) for a total of 480 hours while taking the concurrent practice course. Typically students participate in field sixteen hours per week for fifteen weeks per semester which is scheduled according to agency and student needs. All students must receive one hour per week of professional supervision arranged by the Field Office and attend the required one credit integrative field seminar course.
Within the MSW program, students complete four semesters of field education (4 credits each) for a total of 960 field hours. Advanced Standing Program students complete three semesters for a total of 600 field hours. Typically students participate in field sixteen hours per week for fifteen weeks per semester scheduled according to agency and student needs. All students must receive one hour per week of supervision by an MSW-prepared field instructor. Ten hours per semester of required field integrative seminar are counted within field hours. Seminars are organized and facilitated by LMSW field liaison faculty, who are representatives of the School and are responsible for integrating coursework, monitoring progress and evaluating the placement experiences of their assigned students.
The Field Education Manual (133 page pdf file) containing the roles, responsibilities, policies, procedures, and curriculum is the primary reference document for the Field Program. Other field education website links include: applications, forms, and guidelines.