Practicum at Student’s Place of Employment
Students who are interested in completing a practicum at their place of employment must meet the practicum requirements of the College of Social Work and the Council on Social Work Education. Performance of your regular job duties in a social work employment setting can NOT be counted as practicum hours. Additionally, the person who serves as your direct supervisor at your place of employment may not also serve as your practicum field instructor.
To request a practicum at your place of employment, you must submit a Field Education/ Employee Application Form (link below). You must also upload the following supporting documents to this form: (1) a current job description, (2) a description of the proposed field experience with learning objectives, (3) a description of the differences between your current job and the proposed placement, (4) a letter from your employer (immediate supervisor) agreeing to this placement proposal and stating a plan for your current job duties while in the field placement. This application will be processed only if all 4 components are included.
Student Background Checks
All students who are registering for a practicum course for the first time must complete a criminal background check. The cost of a regular field placement background check is included in the field fee on your tuition bill. The instructions for completing the background check are below.
Students who are completing a practicum in a medical placement typically are required by the agency to complete a more extensive background check, a drug screen, and other agency specific requirements. This more extensive background check is not covered by your field fee. The instructions for completing the medical placement background check and drug screen, including payment instructions, are below.