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 approved agency based social workers. Affiliation agreements between the University and human service organizations are established for educational purposes.
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 practicum that require students to commit hours per week, in an approved social service agency. 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.
All Students must maintain Professional Liability Insurance for the duration of their Field Practicum
BSW Senior must complete (2) semesters of Field Practicum
- 200 hours each semester (400 total)
- 1st year - 200 hours each semester (400 total)
- 2nd Year (second year or advanced standing) - 250 hours each semester (500 total)
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 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).