Field Learning

Field learning lies at the heart of social work education and your development as a social worker. Within the context of the field placement experience, and aligned practice courses, you will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice. Because the Silver School of Social Work has developed unique partnerships with over 600 public and nonprofit agencies throughout the tri-state area, our placement sites are varied, of high quality, and offer students a rich learning environment. No school devotes as much effort to matching students with appropriate field learning opportunities.

Field learning will immerse you in the extraordinary range of human and social problems that lead clients to reach out for help. It will provide you the opportunity to develop skills and appreciate the realities of coping with complex problems in the context of specific service-delivery systems.

The undergraduate field practicum engages you in learning and developing the attitudes, values, knowledge, and skills needed in generalist social work practice; provides opportunities for you to perform professional tasks with field instruction; and offers many situations in which you may apply concepts and principles learned in both class and field.

You will be trained to work with a wide range of populations in diverse practice settings. With an emphasis on training for social work practice that promotes social and economic justice, your field education will advance your learning as a relationship-centered, reflective practitioner, preparing you for work with individuals, groups, families, and communities.

Undergraduate students are required to complete a total of 700 hours of field practicum, including 100 hours (usually one day per week) of field experience in the spring semester of the junior year and 600 hours (usually three days per week) of field instruction in the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. (See the Overview in the Undergraduate Social Work Field Learning Manual).