Contact Info

          Social Work Department
          Hendricks Hall, Room G49
          235 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2013

          Professor Natalie Montero, MSW
          MSW Field Coordinator
          Office: Hendricks Hall, Room G34
          Phone: (814) 732-1707
          Email: nmontero@edinboro.edu

          Laurie Cracolici
          Assistant Internship Coordinator
          Office: Wiley 112
          Phone: (814) 732-1343
          Email: lcracolici@edinboro.edu

          MSW Internship Education



          Internship education is the signature pedagogy for the social work profession and is required for completion of the MSW program.

          For successful completion of the Master of Social work (MSW) degree, students will complete either one or two internship placements, depending on the program in which they are enrolled. Internship placements in the MSW Program are conducted concurrently with academic classes in order for students to incorporate their academic learning in the internship.

          MSW Student Handbook and Field Education Manual

          Current Affiliation Agreements

          Current Plan of Study

          Social Work License Requirements by State

          Regular Program (Campus-based and Online)

          Students in the Regular Program complete two placements, one in the Foundation Year (first year) and one in the Concentration Year (second year) for a minimum of 900 hours over the course of four semesters.

          Students can refer to the MSW Student Handbook and Field Education Manual for more information.

          Two-Year MSW Program (both Fall and Spring start)

          The Edinboro University MSW Program requires a minimum of 900 hours of field education for those in the two-year program. This requirement is completed over four semesters with 2 field placements (one in the Foundation Year and one in the Concentration year) and a 3-credit Field Education Internship course for each of these semesters (SOWK 622; SOWK 623; SOWK 722; and SOWK 723). Field education is completed concurrently with MSW coursework.

          One-Year Program/Advanced Standing MSW Program (Fall start only)

          For those in the Advanced Standing Program, a minimum of 500 hours of field education is required. This requirement is completed over two semesters with 1 two-semester field placement (in the Concentration year) and a 3-credit Field Education Internship course for each of these semesters (SOWK 722 and SOWK 723). Field education is completed concurrently with MSW coursework.

          1. Foundation Year (1st year) MSW Field Education: Generalist Practice Focus
            1. Students will spend approximately 18 hours per week in at least two days per week for two semesters in one Foundation Year field placement for a minimum of 150 hours and 250 hours respectively in consecutive semesters for a minimum total of 400 hours.
            2. The Foundation Year field education placement begins with 4 weeks of the Field Education Internship course (SOWK 622) facilitated by a Faculty Field Liaison to prepare students to enter the on-site internship, which begins in the 4th week of the semester and Field Education Internship course. This delay in beginning the on-site component of field education is designed to prepare the student for entry into a field site based setting and maximize this learning experience.
            3. After the first 4 weeks, the Faculty Field Liaison will continue to instruct and facilitate the Field Education Internship course once the on-site component has begun and continues concurrently with the field education placement through the entire placement experience to include both SOWK 622: Field Education Internship I and SOWK 623: Field Education Internship II.
            4. SOWK 623: Field Education Internship II requires a minimum of 250 hours of practice in an field site setting in the second semester of their Foundation Year field education internship.
            5. In addition to the Faculty Field Liaison, a field site-based Field Instructor will provide a minimum of 1 hour per week of supervision and field instruction for the student.
            6. This design provides a structured learning opportunity for students to compare generalist practice experiences, integrate placement and course content, and expand knowledge beyond the scope of the placement setting.
          2. Concentration Year (2nd year) MSW Field Education: Trauma Informed and Family Centered Specialized Practice Focus
            1.  Students will spend approximately 18 hours per week in at least two days per week for two semester

          Students can refer to the MSW Student Handbook and Field Education Manual for more information.

          Forms

          Internship Education Admission Documents

          Campus-based:

          Place of Employment

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Clearances:

          Online students may be required to obtain additional clearances or complete additional testing/screening as outlined by their agency.

          Application for Internship Placement 

          Campus-based:

          Campus-based students must pass Pennsylvania Child Abuse and Pennsylvania State Police clearances, as well as a FBI Background Check

          All students should join the social work professional organization, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and must obtain student professional liability insurance.

          All of the above documentation must be provided to the MSW Field Office before students can begin their internship placements.

          Students can refer to the MSW Student Handbook and Field Education Manual for more information.

          Online:

          Online students are required to locate a potential internship agency in the area in which they live. Students should submit an internship application to the MSW Internship Coordinator, Professor Natalie Montero.  

          Students must also obtain and provide documentation to the MSW Internship Office of any and all screenings (i.e. tuberculosis, drug, etc.) and clearances (FBI, child abuse, etc.), as required by their internship placement agency. If no clearances or screenings are required by the internship placement agency, students must provide documentation from the field placement agency stating that the above information is not required for interns at the internship placement site.

          All students should join the social work professional organization, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and must obtain student professional liability insurance before they can begin their internship placements.

          NASW Information

          Membership

          Assurance Services