Field Education for Online MSW

 

 

 

Field Education Signature pedagogies are elements of instruction and of socialization that teach future practitioners the fundamental dimensions of professional work in their discipline—to think, to perform, and to act ethically and with integrity. Field education is the signature pedagogy for social work. The intent of field education is to integrate the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting. It is a basic precept of social work education that the two interrelated components of curriculum—classroom and field—are of equal importance within the curriculum, and each contributes to the development of the requisite competencies of professional practice. Field education is systematically designed, supervised, coordinated, and evaluated based on criteria by which students demonstrate the Social Work Competencies. Field education may integrate forms of technology as a component of the program (CSWE-EPAS 2.2, 2016).

Although all “classroom” content courses are available online, the field education course will need to be incorporated into the equivalent of two days a week during a normal work week (16-18 hours a week) or a block format 12 weeks, 40 hours a week).  The experiential requirements of MSW programs do not provide field courses in an online format.  Students are required to complete their field internship required hours during normal business hours and days of the week.  It must be completed in an agency setting during normal business hours to provide an opportunity to develop competencies in areas prescribed by the Council on Social Work Education educational standards.  So this makes it very unique and often challenging for online students and this information is provided during admissions to assist in planning to ensure field is a successful part of your educational experience.    See the table below:

Single Format – 2 days a week, 16-18 hours a week

Block Format – 40 hours per week for 12 weeks

     Will take 4 modules to complete

     Will take 2 modules to complete

Students complete internship hours during the traditional workday, as defined as the normal hours services are provided to clients and supervision available; evening, night and weekend hours are the exception.  No internship can be completed entirely during evening or weekend hours because it is essential that students participate in staff meetings and other normal agency activities that occur during the day.  The field courses in each year of the program (Foundation SW7007/7008 and then Advanced SW7502/7503) must be taken consecutively to maximize learning experiences.  Exceptions must be approved by the Director of Field.

Students’ complete twelve semester hours of field education courses, working a total of 960 clock hours of training in the field (a minimum of 900 hours must be agency clock hours).  The field education program at LSU is divided into two equally important parts:

Foundation Internship

                        SW7007  Foundation I Internship

                        SW7008  Foundation II Internship

 

Advanced Internship

                        SW7502  Advanced I Internship

                        SW7503  Advanced II Internship

 

 

Contact Us

Traci Lilley
Director of Field Education
225-578-2133

Elizabeth Routon
Assistant Director of Field Education
225-578-1268

Anne Williams
Field Education Coordinator 
225-578-2808