Field Program | B.A. Social Work

570 hours of on-the-job training.

Social work is a profession that is learned by doing as well as by studying. Our program gets you out in the field early and often. Our 570 hours of required field practice is above the national average for BSW programs, meaning that you'll be well-prepared and ready to practice once you graduate.

Field readiness: Preparing you for fieldwork.

The field experience at The College of St. Scholastica consists of two parts. The first is Field Readiness, which includes the following:

  • Students participate in a "Preparation for Field" seminar. This course covers choosing a field placement site, preparation for placement readiness, assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses, resume writing, interviewing skills, the role of a professional social worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work licensing requirements, contracting with an agency, writing goals and objectives, effectively using supervision and getting the most out of a field placement.
  • Students enroll in "practice"-focused coursework during their agency placement, including a bi-weekly field seminar. Learning outcomes are focused on the 10 core competencies outlined by the Council on Social Work Education. These are: professional identity, ethical responsibility, critical thinking, diversity, social and economic justice, research, person In environment, policy practice, leadership and service.
  • Students formalize a comprehensive performance plan, including evaluation criteria, within two weeks of placement.
  • Student assignments include opportunities to develop skills in client system analysis, professional documentation and presentation, community resource development, and professional values and ethical considerations.

Field placement: Putting your skills to work.

The second part is the field placement . The College of St. Scholastica offers two placement opportunities:

Field I

Junior-level students participate in a professionally supervised agency placement for a minimum of 120 hours in one primary agency setting. Students participate in direct client shadowing experiences that offer opportunities for moderate levels of independent decision-making and client/community intervention.

Field II

Senior-level students participate in a professionally supervised agency placement for a minimum of 450 hours in one primary agency setting. Students are expected to participate in client/community services that offer opportunities to demonstrate foundation competencies.

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