Supervised field work provides opportunities for students to develop social work skills by applying social work concepts learned in the classroom to real-life practice situations in a variety of social work settings. The Council on Social Work Education endorses "the role of Field Education as the 'signature pedagogy' in social work education by promoting, collaborating, recommending and distributing information to social work field educators and related membership organizations."
Working in partnership with field instructors, task instructors and agencies, the School of Social Work's field education program emphasizes preparation for practice with diverse populations and on behalf of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in our society. The Office of Field Education faculty and staff work closely with students and agencies to create high quality learning experiences that enhance maximum professional growth. The BSSW, MSW and ABA programs have specific learning outcomes that correspond to each program and concentration goals. The BSSW practicum is a two-semester experience at one agency, while the MSW and ABA practica are a mixture of one and two-semester experiences.
Field education can be a very demanding aspect of the curriculum because the student is challenged to apply the professional self to the setting and to integrate learning into practice. The Office of Field Education is eager to make field work a memorable and significant experience in the development of each student as a social work professional.