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Field Education and Seminar I and II

Social Work Program

The Social Work Field Education and Seminar I and II provide a field placement internship for students at selected agencies two days per week and a seminar class on an alternate day. Students are expected to stay in the assigned agencies for the entire academic year.

The Field Education component of the Social Work Curriculum includes directed practice experiences under the supervision of an approved Agency Supervisor and the Director of Field Education. The Seminar Class is designed for students to integrate classroom learning and field education experiences. Students are required to demonstrate beginning knowledge, values and skills of generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organization and communities with emphasis on the rural perspective.

Admissions Criteria

Social Work students are required to meet the following admissions and placement criteria before they are selected for field agency placements. The admission process for Field Education begins during the spring semester of the students' junior year. The Admission Criteria for Field Education are as follows:

  • Complete an Application for Field Education and Seminar and return it to the Director of Field Education by the established deadline.
  • Provide an Unofficial Transcript from the ECSU Registrar's Office.
  • Provide a Certified Copy of the General Studies Education Requirement Form that documents the completion of Liberal Arts and General Education Courses.
  • Maintain a grade of C or higher in all pre-professional and professional courses
  • Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50
  • Submit a current Resume to be maintained in the Field Education Office
  • Attend three Pre-Field Orientation Meetings

The Field Education Placement Process

Students that are selected for Field Education placements are required to submit their applications during the semester prior to their senior year. The social work curriculum is designed for social work students to complete their Field Education and Seminar experience during their senior year.

An application for Field Education must be completed and submitted to the Director of Field Education. Applications are provided to students by electronic mail. Students may be interested in working in specific agencies, however, it is important to remember that agency placement decisions are based on the individual's experience and learning needs. Students may recommend an agency placement to the Director of Field Education. Student will be notified of an agency that will be appropriate in meeting their learning needs and interests.

Some of the agencies may have additional requirements for student to be approved for placement. Some agencies may also require a criminal background check which is pertinent when working with children or the criminal justice system. Students are required to be honest about their background on their Field Education Applications and also during Agency Interviews. False information will result in dismissal from the agency and Field Education and Seminar I and II. In addition, a physical examination or other medical tests may also be required by field education placements.

Pre-Field Orientation Meetings

The Field Education and Seminar require students to attend three scheduled field orientation meetings before they enter their placements during the fall semester of their senior year. The purpose of the pre-field orientation meetings are to provide information about Field Education and agency placements, to discuss expectations and requirements, and to assist students to explore strengths and challenges as it relates to field education and agency placements.

Field Education Hours

Each student must complete a total of 440 hours (220 hours per semester) in field education which occurs on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Additional agency functions that contribute to student learning in field education may also occur on other days or in the evenings. The field education experience allows students to have some flexibility in taking advantage of agency opportunities (i.e., workshops, conferences, special activities, etc.). Students must notify the Director of Field Education for approval of additional time other than the normal work schedule.

Seminar Class

In addition to the agency placements, students are required to attend and participate in weekly seminar classes. The seminar classes are very instrumental in guiding students along in the field education process. The seminar classes provides the opportunity for students to integrate the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom and practice in the field agencies with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The seminar classes also provide students the opportunity to meet and discuss their agency experiences to also integrate social work knowledge, values, and skills with the field education experience.

Field Education Placement and Employment

The Social Work Program does not allow students to complete their internships in an agency where they are employed.

Field Agency Placements

The types of agencies working with the Field Education Component of the Social Work Program are varied and provide opportunities for exposure to many diverse and cultural backgrounds as well as advocacy within a rural community setting. Participating agencies include the following:

  • Aging/Gerontological Social Work
  • Alcohol, Drug, or Substance Abuse
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Planning and Development
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice
  • Community Organizations
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Services
  • Health
  • Housing/Homelessness
  • Mental Health or Community
  • Medical/Public Health Services
  • Mental Health
  • Public Assistance/Public
  • Rehabilitation
  • Public School System