Information about Becoming a Field Learning Site
The Silver School welcomes agencies to apply for consideration as field learning sites. In order to qualify as a placement site, agencies must have a social work student program with standards and philosophy acceptable to the School, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the professional community. Agencies must be committed to training social work students and willing to meet School requirements outlined in:
- MSW Student Manual (PDF) (includes Field Learning materials) and
- Undergraduate Field Learning Manual (PDF)
Agencies must also complete the following forms:
- Agency Questionnaire (PDF): Provides general agency information.
- Agency Intern Request Form (PDF): Indicates the number of NYU students you will host and any specifications or requirements for the students.
- Field Learning Required Hours (PDF)
The Field Instructor
Field instructors play an essential role in the education and professional development of our students. Field instructors review and comment on students' process recordings, complete evaluations, meet with students' faculty advisors on their site visits, and provide crucial guidance on social work practice.
In order to be a field instructor for students in the bachelor’s or master’s program, a social worker must meet the following criteria:
- Graduate from an accredited MSW program;
- Have at least three years post-graduate professional experience as a social worker in an agency;
- Obtain appropriate licensure for the scope of social work practice for which you will provide field instruction (LMSW or LCSW*); and
- Completed or enrolled in a Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI).
*Please refer to the NYS Office of the Professions for definition of the scope of practice for LMSW and LCSW.
Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI)
The Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) provides training for new field instructors and enables them to effectively meet the educational responsibilities of this new role. Lectures, presentations, and role plays are utilized to train SIFI participants the skills necessary for teaching field-based social work practice.
SIFI educates social workers on adult learning styles and provides them with methods and techniques that are essential in teaching the skills required for competency in the field. The Silver School of Social Work offers the SIFI course series in the fall and spring. Workshops on a variety of topics in advanced field instruction are offered at the School’s Washington Square campus each spring.
SIFI participants must attend all 13 sessions, submit a minimum of two process recordings, and actively participate in the class. SIFI certified social workers will be credentialed to provide field instruction to students from any school of social work.