Field education is an integral component of your social work education. It provides a “practicum” experience, which prepares you for independent social work practice and professional leadership. Experiential learning—learning by doing—is how social work students learn the skills they need to succeed as social workers.

Your field-education experience includes structured learning activities supervised by MSW-level professionals with at least two years of post-MSW practice experience, as well as regular student evaluations.

As a student, you are required to develop a learning contract in cooperation with your field instructor and School of Social Work field faculty member. You will also have an opportunity to submit an evaluation and nominate your field instructors for outstanding supervision at the end of the academic year,