MSW Part-Time Placement

Part-time MSW students begin the planning process for their field placement at the end of their first term in the MSW program. Ensure you read the general information about the MSW field placement (practicum). This web page provides information for the part-time study option.

Core Courses
All core courses with the exception of one course must be completed prior to the start of the placement.
NOTE: attendance in all core courses is mandatory. Students who fail to attend core courses will not be allowed to start their placement.
Social Work 5150.30: Critical Perspectives in Social Work
Social Work 5250.30: Graduate Research Seminar
Social Work 5450.30: Practicum Research Seminar
(Social Work 5450.30 is to be taken concurrently with the practicum)

Time Requirements
Part-time students can complete their field placements by spending a minimum of two (2) days to a maximum of five (5) days per week at the placement site depending on the agreement negotiated by the student, the agency and the School. The expected start date of a placement for MSW part-time students is the first or second week in September. P/T MSW placements consist of 450 hours to be completed at the negotiated placement site. Please note PRS classes and orientations are required and not included in the 450 hours.

The following are expected timelines depending on the number of placement days per week:

  • 2 placement days/week for approximately 8 months (to the end of April of the following year).
  • 3 placement days/week for approximately 5 months (to the end of January of the following year).
  • Block placement 4 - 5 days/week for approximately 3 months (to the end of November).

It is important for students to note that while the Field Education Office strives to offer part-time students flexibility in completing their placement hours, flexible placement opportunities such as block placements and evening/weekend placements tend to be limited and are not guaranteed. Therefore it is highly recommended that whenever possible students attempt to make arrangements to complete their placement hours during regular daytime working hours and to be available for at least 3 placement days a week. This should be considered prior to entering the program.

Please register for the Advanced Practicum Course 5350.6 (Y term) before the placement starts.

Work Placement
The School of Social Work recognizes that the Practicum may present some problems for students who are employed full-time and cannot for reasons beyond their control take a leave of absence from work to complete their practicum hours. In such situations a student can request approval to complete their practicum requirement at their place of work. Students making such a request must complete and submit a Work Place Practicum Proposal to the Field Education Coordinator. It is strongly recommended that students requiring a work placement meet with the Field Education Coordinator to discuss their situation prior to submitting a proposal for approval.

Please note that a Work Place Practicum is not guaranteed. Certain criteria must be met and Work Place Practicum proposals are subject to approval by the Field Education Director. Paid work cannot be considered part of a Work Place Practicum.

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