BASW Field Education FAQs
Are there any paid placements?

Paid field placements are very limited. Notices will be posted on the student listserv when paid placements are available. These placements are competitive, and some of the paid placements must be completed in specific semesters.

Are there other requirements before I begin field education?

All students must complete their registration and student detail pages in the web-based Field Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system prior to registering for the practicum course. Students will receive individual log-in information from the Field Office. Complete information is located on the CoSW Field Education website.

All students must complete the Field Department’s Situational Awareness Training online, and pass the competency quiz, before beginning a practicum placement. Directions are on the CoSW Field Education website. This training must be taken before beginning the SW 444 practicum course, and only needs to be taken once.

Can I complete a field placement at my place of employment?

That is possible for SW445 students if certain criteria are met. Students electing this option must complete and submit an employment/field placement application with the supporting documents.  The application will not be approved unless all supporting information is submitted with the application.  Read the application carefully.  The form is located on the Field Education website.

Can I complete an international placement or field placement in another state?

This is possible. Students must complete at least one field education course on campus before requesting such an option. The Director of Field Education will meet with the student individually to establish course requirements, deadlines, supervision, etc.

Can I complete two placements in the same agency?

SW444 and SW445 should be completed in different agencies.  Exceptions may be made if the agency is large enough to allow for substantial breadth, depth, and diversity in the practicum experiences.

How do I find a field placement?

The College has a list of approved agencies, and information on each of the agencies, for your review in the web-based Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system.  The directions and web-link are located on the CoSW Field Education website and additional instructions are included on the IPT home page. The Director of Field Education and the Field Placement Coordinator will provide a group advising/field information session, and individual advising will be provided by the Field Placement Coordinator for SW 444 students.  SW445 students will be assisted as needed by the Field Placement Coordinator or their practicum professors.   All students are responsible for contacting agencies in a timely manner to arrange interviews and for meeting the deadlines on the Field Education Calendar.

How many hours must I complete in the field placement?

Students in the SW 444 practicum course must complete 200 hours. Students in SW 445 practicum course must complete 275 hours. Seminar classes and related learning experiences count toward the total hours. Students should expect to spend approximately 14-16 hours each week in the agency placement for SW 444, and 17-20 hours each week in the agency placement for SW 445 during the fall or spring semesters, depending on the actual number of weeks spent in practicum.

How should I dress for agency interviews?

You should treat the interview as a professional job interview, and dress in “business casual” attire.  Nice pants/dress/skirt and a nice conservative shirt/blouse, button down or polo style for men. NO jeans, t-shirts, low-cut blouses, short skirts/dresses, shorts, flip flops or hats.

What date can I can start my practicum?

The start date is the first day of the semester. You must ask for and receive permission from your practicum professor to begin early.  No placement may begin prior to the first day of the month the semester begins.

What should I do if I have circumstances that require special consideration?

Students with special circumstances that may impact a student’s ability to complete the standard practicum requirements are referred to the Director of Field Education for individual advising.


MSW Field Education FAQs
Are there any paid placements?

Paid field placements are very limited. Notices will be posted on the student listserv when paid placements are available. These placements are competitive, and some of the paid placements must be completed in specific semesters.

Are there other requirements before I begin field education?

All students must complete their registration and student detail pages in the web-based Field Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system prior to registering for the practicum course. Students will receive individual log-in information from the Field Office. Complete information is located on the CoSW Field Education website..

All students must complete the Field Department’s Situational Awareness Training online, and pass the competency quiz, before beginning a practicum placement. Directions are on the CoSW Field Education website.

Note: if you are an advanced standing student who completed the situational awareness component as a UK undergraduate, you will not need to repeat the training.

Can I complete a practicum placement at my place of employment?

This is possible if certain criteria are met. Students electing this option must complete and submit a Practicum at Place of Employment application with the supporting documents.  The application will not be approved unless all supporting information is submitted with the application.  Read the application carefully.

Can I complete two placements in the same agency?

The advanced practicum course placements, SW 740/741, are to be completed in the same agency. The second semester in the agency adds breadth and depth to the first semester experience.  The SW640 practicum course placement is completed in an agency different from the agency that is planned for the advanced practicum year.  Advanced year MSW students participating in a cognate area of special study will complete the SW740/741 practicum placement in an agency appropriate to their area of study.

How do I find a field placement?

The College has a list of approved agencies, and information on each of the agencies, for your review in the web-based IPT system.  The directions and web-link are located on the CoSW Field Education website and additional instructions are included on the IPT home page. The Director of Field Education and the Field Placement Coordinator will advise and assist SW640 students with their choice of agencies. Advanced year SW740 students will be advised and assisted by the Director of Field Education and the Clinical Field Coordinator as needed.  All students are responsible for contacting agencies in a timely manner to arrange placement interviews and meeting the deadlines on the Field Education Calendar.

How many hours must I complete in field placements?

Students in the two year MSW program must complete three practicum courses, with each course  including 300 hours of seminar and experiential learning. Advanced standing MSW students must complete two practicum courses with each course including 300 hours of seminar and experiential learning. The practicum hours are a requirement of all MSW programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Seminar classes count toward the total hours. Students should expect to spend approximately 18-20 hours a week in agency field work during the Fall and Spring semesters.

How should I dress for agency interviews?

You should treat the interview as a professional job interview, and dress in “business casual” attire. Nice pants/dress/skirt and a nice conservative shirt/blouse, button down or polo
style for men. NO jeans, t-shirts, low-cut blouses, short skirts/dresses, shorts, flip flops or hats.

What should I do if I have circumstances that require special consideration.

Students with special circumstances that may impact a student’s ability to complete the standard practicum requirements are referred to the Director of Field Education for individual advising.

When will I begin field education?

Full-time 60-hour MSW students will complete their foundation practicum in the first spring semester. Part-time 60-hour students will complete their foundation practicum in the second fall semester. All students complete their advanced practicum courses over the final fall and spring semesters before completing the program.  In the advanced practicum courses, the student completes both semesters in the same practicum agency placement.

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