Field education is the “signature pedagogy” of social work education and requires that all students have experience in professionally supervised field placements. It is in the field placement where students are provided an opportunity to develop, apply, and test knowledge and skills from the classroom under the supervision of a practicing social worker.
(Pictured above, left to right: Lee Ann Holder, Dana Sieverin, Ginger Edwards, Bonnie Dalton, Ellen Masterson, Sarah Bradley, Julie Kates, Jessica Slothower, Denise Grant) Photo collage and Slideshow.
Some key points about field education:
- Internships are arranged to meet individual student needs and interests.
- Settings include child welfare programs, schools, mental health centers, hospitals, corrections, substance abuse programs, aging services, homelessness programs, and other community programs where social workers work.
- MSW students complete 1,000 hours of field education in two different agencies, 16 hours per week, over two academic years.
- BSW students complete 500 hours of field education in one agency; 16 hours per week, during their senior year.
- We have community partnerships with more than 350 different agencies throughout the state which provide a wide range of learning opportunities. Learn more about how field placements are made.