The program is structured so that students participate not only in direct service, but in staff meetings, consultation, research activities, and staff development programs. Each student has two different field placements during the two-year program. Students are assigned to a first-year placement that exposes them to both macro and micro practices, and to a broad range of clientele.
The second-year placement is coordinated with a student's choice of concentration and specialization. Approxiamately 1,200 hours are required in a field placement over the two-year period, for which a total of 21 units of pass/fail academic credit are given. Field days are 2 full eight-hour days, per week for first-year students (Monday and Wednesday) for agency placement, and Fridays for field education modules. Three days per week for second-year students (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). Field placements may include evening hours.
First-year and second-year field placements are defined as separate, year-long courses. A student may not advance to the second-year course until the first-year is satisfactorily completed. A failing grade at the end of either year shall require the repetition of the full year of field instruction or be cause for termination.
It is important to note that all MSW students are expected to travel to their field placement. Most placements are located a considerable distance from campus. As public transportation can be unreliable and time-consuming, access to a car or other reliable transportation is necessary. Reasonable efforts will be made to place students with disabilities in accessible agencies and locations.
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