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Field practicum is an integral part of social work education. The experience offers an opportunity for students to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and social work practice skills in diverse human service setting under the instruction of approced agency based social workers. Affiliation agreements between the University and human service organizations are established for educational purposes.
The BSW Field Education is a critical component of social work education in all Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited programs. Field Education consists of practice courses, and field practica that require students to commit 20 hours per week (total 300 each semester of the senior year), in an approved social service agency. BSW students must complete two (2) semesters of Field practicum, as requirements for the BSW degree. At this time, almost all of the field practicum hours are completed during the day time; it is only on rare occasions that approved social service agencies offer students field education placements during evening and/or weekend hours.
The field practicum courses are required courses in the social work curricula. Without exception, all students are required to take field practicum courses listed in their respective degree program requirements. No academic credit is given for life experience and previous work experience, in whole or in part, in lieu of the field practicum or of the courses in the professional foundation areas as specified in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education (2004).