For successful completion of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, students will complete both a pre-field (a minimum of 45 field hours) and a field internship (minimum of 450 hours). Students can refer to the BSW Field Manual for more information. Students will submit a pre-field application and meet with the BSW Field Director, Jessica Hippely, to discuss their interest. Students are notified by email of a referral to a potential field site and are asked to schedule an interview with the prospective agency. In order for one to begin placement, students are required to present up-to-date clearances for the state. These include Child Abuse, Criminal Record, and Background clearances.
During SOWK 410 Practice III, undergraduate students participate in a concurrent pre-field experience (minimum of 45 field hours) that familiarizes them with the field agency's organization and policies. Most students complete their formal field internship at their pre-field site in the following Spring semester. Each Spring, the senior class sponsors a fair in which they present their current field agencies to the junior class.
Field education is an integral component of Edinboro University’s MSW curriculum and is considered to be the signature pedagogy of social work education by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE). It engages the student in supervised social work practice and provides opportunities to apply and integrate classroom learning in the field setting. For successful completion of the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, students will complete field education internship requirements as follows:
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.
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. All students are responsible for locating potential Field Education placement sites.
Students will use ‘Sonia’, our online field placement management system to submit all internship applications and materials as required. Assistance can be sought from MSW Internship Coordinator, Professor Jay Breneman. See the MSW Student Handbook and Field Education Manual for more information.