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Field Practicum

Social work students are required to also apply for admission into the field practicum.  An orientation meeting is scheduled by the Field Coordinator each semester for all students planning to enroll in the field practicum during the next session. 

The Field Manual, which includes the application forms for admission into field, will be distributed and discussed at each fall field orientation meeting with the Field Coordinator.

Field Practicum Admission Requirements

To be formally admitted into the BSW field practicum, students must:

  1. Have completed all requirements for the BSW degree prior to entering the practicum;
  2. Have applied for admission and been accepted into the social work program;
  3. Obtain written approval from academic advisor;
  4. Attend the orientation session. Those unable to attend the meeting must meet individually with the Field Coordinator to obtain the application materials and receive pertinent information to proceed with the practicum placement process;
  5. Complete the field application and upload a resume and the advisor approval form via Tevera.
  6. Notify the Field Coordinator when the above steps are complete.

To be formally admitted into the MSW field practicum, students must:

  1. Be formally accepted into the MSW degree program;
  2. Meet with the MSW Program Coordinator to determine eligibility for field;
  3. Complete the field application and upload a resume via Tevera.
  4. Notify the Field Coordinator when the above steps are complete.

Field Coordinator’s next steps:

  1. After the student notifies the Field Coordinator, the Field Coordinator will review all submitted applications and forms and meet with each potential field student.
  2. The Field Coordinator will determine if the student meets the requirements for placement.
  3. The Field Coordinator will meet with each student to discuss his/her eligibility for placement and, if accepted, possible agency placements.  Students not meeting the requirements for placement will be notified of their ineligibility, the reason(s) for their ineligibility, and the corrective measure(s) that must be taken.
  4. At no time is the student to contact field agencies without the Field Coordinator's approval.
  5. The student will contact the selected agency and interview with the agency field instructor and/or representative.
  6. The Field Coordinator will contact the agency field instructor and then meet with the student to discuss the decision for placement.

Additional information about the field practicum is available in the social work program Field Manual.

In accordance with professional and University standards, students may be denied acceptance or withdrawn from the program or field practicum for either academic or behavioral reasons.

Students denied admission into the placement may file a grievance in accordance with University procedures as discussed in the appendices.​​​

Students in the BSW program will complete a total of 448 clock hours of placement (224 in Fall and 224 in Spring).

Students in the Generalist Year MSW program will complete 448 clock hours of placement (224 in Spring and 224 in Summer).

Students in the Specialized Year MSW program (which includes students who are in Advanced Placement) will complete 500 clock hours of placement (250 in Fall and 250 in Spring)

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