Field education is an intense agency-based experience. It places considerable responsibility on social work students to perform in a professional capacity under supervision. Students must possess personal attributes that will enable them to work in a mature, responsible, and constructive manner with agency staff and clients.
Additionally, students will need to have enough personal strength to withstand the stress that comes from intervening in problem situations. Accordingly, some students may be asked to reconsider their choice of major, if they appear ill-suited for field education.
The primary function of the field experience is to provide students with the opportunity to practice and develop social work skills and competencies learned theoretically in the classroom. The field experience also enables them to expand their professional knowledge base and test out theories and principles under the supervision of an experienced social worker. Finally, working in the field helps them to develop professional identities and responsibilities.
In order to be eligible for field studies, students must successfully complete all social work academic prerequisites, while maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major and an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.