One of the most important, and exciting, components of social work education are the field practica. Human service and social change agencies provide settings in which students are challenged and supported in the integration of theories and practice skills. The School of Social Work partners with hundreds of public and nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland in order to provide BSW and MSW students high quality field education experiences. Field education programs are coordinated from the Philadelphia and Harrisburg campuses.
Social work students work closely with Field Education Specialists in identifying placement sites appropriate to curriculum objectives, learning goals and individual interests. In most cases, the Field Education Specialist also serves as a liaison between the School of Social Work and the field placement agency during the academic year. Depending on the student´s particular situation, a new field placement site may be developed. Also, for students already working in a social service agency, it may be possible to design a field placement opportunity at that site. Currently, nearly 75% of all SSW students take advantage of this employment-based option.
It is essential that students plan carefully for their field placements, particularly with respect to the mandated hours per semester. Because of educational and supervision requirements, weekend and/or evening placements are very rare. The Office of Field Education expects that students will be able to do most, if not all, of their internships during regular weekday, business hours. Students who work full-time should do so in an organization that would qualify for an employment based placement (contact of Office of Field Education for criteria and requirements).
Click link to download a copy of the MSW Field Education Manual.
Click link to download a copy of the MSW Learning Contract and End-of-the-Semester Evaluation Forms.
Please contact the Office of Field Education regarding questions on criteria and requirements for entering field.
Valarie Clemmons, MSW Assistant Director of Field Education
Temple University Harrisburg