Field and class education are integral parts of a single educational experience. Guided by the theme, social work in health, the curriculum of the School of Social Welfare provides social work students with basic knowledge of health programs, policies, and practices and how they affect individual and societal well being. The curriculum stresses health in social work, provides the knowledge and skills needed by all social workers, regardless of the setting in which they practice, and gives proper attention to health problems and their social consequences. The field instruction component of the curriculum provides a structured learning environment the development of professional social work skills and for the integration and application of social work theories and values to working with client systems in conjunction with the School's focus.

The Office of Field Education coordinates the placement of all students and oversees the matching of student interest and learning needs with the field opportunities available. Suggestions regarding placement options are formulated following discussion of a variety of factors including the student’s interest, background, education, and previous experience.

The student’s field instruction experience includes a supervisory relationship with a field instructor in a field placement agency approved by the Field Education Faculty of the School. The field instructor is an interested concerned teacher, and a resource available to the student.  With the School, the field instructor’s task is to help the student develop analytic professional practice skills with the framework of social work knowledge, skills, and values.

Each student is also assigned a field instruction liaison. The task of the field liaison is to be a resource and support to the student, field instructor and placing agency. The field liaison maintains contact with the student and the field instructor during the school year to facilitate the student’s learning and to serve as a “connecting bridge” between the agency and the School. 

Students are evaluated from a strengths perspective through which growth points are identified in conjunction with the performance expectations enumerated for our students.  The collaborative effort of Field Faculty, field education liaisons, and field instructors and their agencies promotes quality social work education and supports the professional development of our students.

This web site provides access to all Field Education Forms including the MSW and BSW field calendars and attendance time sheets, sixth week plans, end of semester evaluations and manuals. New Field instructors will find the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) calendar and application forms and the Field Instructor Social Welfare Experience Form. New agencies will find the Field Education Opportunities form which gathers information on new placements.  The shorter Placement Update form provides agencies a vehicle to update placement information and their annual request for students. Field instructors who have supervised students for three of the past five years will also find the Adjunct for Field Education application form.

The School has guidance for interacting with social media. Students are expected to be familiar with the social media guidelines.

Please note that events planned by the Office of Field Education will be posted on the School of Social Welfare website throughout the academic year.

We are approved for 24 CE contact hours for SIFI.