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Field Education

The School of Social Work endorses the principle that field education is the “signature pedagogy” of social work education and requires that all students have training experiences in professionally supervised field placements. Signature pedagogy represents the central form of instruction and learning in which a profession socializes its students to perform the role of practitioner.

The purpose of field education is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop competence in social work skills and professional values in actual service settings. The total curriculum of the School encourages the student to integrate theory, knowledge, values, and skills learned in the classroom and in field in order to demonstrate mastery of social work practice behaviors and development of professional competencies. The School of Social Work recognizes the need for high-quality field placements which can provide a range of learning experiences in a professional environment.