Through research, curriculum and critical pedagogy the School of Social Work seeks to prepare students to be critical practitioners and agents of change. As part of this preparation (and as a requirement for graduation) each student completes a field placement. These placements allow students to blend theory learned in the classroom with hands-on practical experience, preparing them to function as professional social workers upon graduation. As such, the field placement becomes the culminating experience of each student's education at the School.
The Field Education Office endeavors to integrate the philosophy of the School of Social Work into the placement process. We encourage a collaborative process between the students and the Field Education Office staff. Early in their academic program we begin to work with students, assisting them at both the graduate and undergraduate level in securing a placement that meets both their learning goals and the requirements of the program. We also assist students in exploring opportunities for placement in both traditional and non-traditional settings.
We invite you to browse this web site to learn about field placement offered by the Social of Social Work. Registered students, Faculty Advisors, and Field Instructors must sign into the online Database to access secure content (ex. applications). Registered students should note, further information is provided in the Orientation Sessions.
Check out a list of clarifying definitions to help those new to SSW better understand the services we offer.