Field Education and Practicum

In social work education, internships are called field practicum. Field practicum experience is required by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and is considered the “signature pedagogy” in social work higher education. The intensive field practicum experience allows students to obtain licensure immediately after graduating with a social work degree. With this emphasis, students spend a significant amount of time in field practicum experiences. Students are actively engaged in social work practice with clients in an agency setting for approximately 15-18 hours per week in a two-semester sequence (fall/spring only). 

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work students complete 450 hours of field practicum 
  • First Year/Foundation Master of Science in Social Work students complete 400 hours of field practicum 
  • Second Year/Advanced Standing M.S. in Social Work students complete 500 hours of field practicum