MSW Field Education

The purpose of field education is to facilitate integration of theory with practice and to prepare students to engage in advanced social work practice.

The field internship takes place in both the foundation year and the concentration year. Students are expected to complete internship hours in an agency during normal daytime work hours. All attempts will be made to arrange internship placements within a one-hour commute of the student’s location.

Foundational Year

In the foundational year, students complete 16 normal daytime hours a week in their field internship over two semesters in an agency. The student will complete a total of 512 clock hours of field education in the foundation year.

Concentration Year

In the concentration year, students will complete 16 normal daytime hours a week in their field internship over two semesters in an agency. The student will complete 512 total clock hours of field education in the concentration year.

Weekly Seminars

Students will attend seminars once a week while they are completing their internship placements. The seminar will facilitate the process of integrating social work knowledge, skills and values, and a liberal arts foundation into a set of practice competencies necessary for the performance of generalist social work practice in the foundation year and advanced social work practice in the concentration year.

Field Education FAQs

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