Field education in social work is a critical component in the completion of student training. The purpose of field education at Longwood is to assist students in integrating social work program goals and objectives through applied field education training and experiences. Upon completion of coursework and field education, students should meet expectations as entry-level generalist social work practitioners.
Junior Field Instruction consists:
- agency placement or field practicum concurrent with integrative coursework
- 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.
Social Work Director of Field Education