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Field Practicum for Junior and Senior Social Work Students
The placement of a student by the Social Work Program in an agency field setting for field instruction under the guidance of a field instructor and faculty field liaison bring into action a number of reciprocal roles and responsibilities.
Junior Field Instruction consists of an agency placement or field practicum concurrent with integrative course work and involves 180 hours of instruction in a field setting. A grade point average of 2.3 both in the major and overall is required for placement in a field instruction setting. Senior Field Instruction usually occurs during the student's last semester and consists of 600 hours (15 weeks, 40 hours per week) of field instruction in an agency setting. Only those students who are social work degree candidates may be admitted to the field practicum experiences. Enrollment in social work practice courses (SOWK 330, 425, and 430) is restricted to social work majors only! Practicum experiences are readily available throughout the state, and many students choose to live at home during this experience, thus saving money and greatly enhancing their professional career entry. The Social Work Program, in compliance with CSWE accreditation standards, grants no academic credit for life experience and/or previous work experience in lieu of the field practicum or in lieu of courses in the professional foundation content areas.
SOWK 392. Junior Field Instruction Internship. This is the first of two sequential courses. This course is open only to majors with junior status. Students will spend 14-24 hours per week in a local community agency under the supervision of an agency based field instructor. The purpose of this course is intended to begin the application of beginning level practice skills in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities from a generalist perspective. It reinforces students’ identification with the purposes, values, and ethics of the social work profession. Field education is systematically designed, supervised, coordinated, and evaluated based on criteria by which students demonstrate the achievement of program objectives. Semester Course: 6 credits. Prerequisite SOWK 330.
SOWK 492. Senior Field Instruction Internship. This course is open only to majors with senior status. Forty hours per week in a local community agency under the supervision of an agency based field instructor will be a major component to the course. The total hours of senior field instruction (SOWK 492) is 500-600 hours upon placement. SOWK 492 is intended to extrapolate and build from Junior Field Instruction beginning level practice skills with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The purpose of this course is to reinforce students’ identification with the purpose, values, and ethics of the social work profession. Field education is systematically designed, supervised, coordinated, and evaluated on the basis of criteria by which students demonstrate the achievement of program objectives. SOWK 492 is a semester course of 15 credits. Prerequisite classes include: SOWK 330, 425, and 430 with a 2.30 G.P.A average overall. * Fulfills General Education Goal 14.
Field Placement Evaluations
- Student Evaluation of Field Agency Experience
- Field Instructor Evaluation of Field Education Experience
- Faculty Liaison Evaluation of Field Agency