Whether pursuing a certificate or area of focus, every student completes two immersive field education experiences during the program. These experiences allow students to develop the advanced clinical skills and confidence to become professional social workers.
The first placement provides a foundation in generalist social work practice. Traditional MSW students will complete this requirement through one term in the Simulated Field Experience (SFX) and one term at a community site. Once in the specialized level, all students complete their field education requirement at the community site.
Please note the specialized placement will be completed at the same community site where students complete the second term of the generalist experience. In total, students have the opportunity to spend three terms, or about one year, within a community setting, allowing them to make deep connections within the organization and with the clients they serve.
When a student is ready to move into the community setting, our field placement team works closely with them to find a clinical placement in or near their community.