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School of Social Work

Field Education

 

The field practicum is guided by a number of important principles pertaining to social work education. Knowledge, values, and skills first defined and learned in the classroom are reinforced and refined through professionally supervised practice. Curriculum content areas are, further, most effectively and most fully absorbed under conditions of planned, supervised integration and synthesis.

Our field practice provide students with an initiation into the traditions of the social work profession and the practice of the social work community. There are approximately 150 social service agencies that serve field education by providing diverse sites and day-to-day teaching and supervision by qualified field instructors. These agencies are a critical component of the field curriculum and carry a large share of the responsibility for the education of students in the field.

 

BSW Field Education

Undergraduate students enroll in SWK 430, Field Education, and SWK 431, Field Seminar, during their final semester. Students in SWK 430 must complete a minimum of 450 hours by attending field placement 32 hours per week.

SWK 430. Field Education (9 hrs.) Prerequisites: Must have completed the required university general education curriculum, the social work core, and the professional foundation. The student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Co-requisite: SWK 431. This internship in a social service agency provides experience in direct service to client systems and enhances and develops generalist practice skills. This course is the only one in the social work curriculum where students earn a Pass/Fail grade.

SWK 431. Field Seminar (3 hrs) Co-requisite: SWK 430. The seminar enables students to further develop generalist practice skills and integrate professional knowledge, values, skills and theory with practice.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin and the BSW Program Handbook for more detailed information on courses and degree plans.

 

MSW Field Education

FULL-TIME STUDENTS

First Year


SWK 659. (2 hrs.) Full Time Field Education I. Students attend field placement three days per week. Students attend biweekly group sessions that process field experiences to assist with developing a professional identity. Students should complete a minimum of 300 field hours.

Co-requisites


SWK 604. (1 hr.) Professional Development II. This intensive orientation to field takes place during the first week of the semester.
SWK 341

SWKS 615. (2 hrs.) Integrated Seminar



Second Year & FT Advanced Standing


SWK 661. (2 hrs.) Full Time Field Education II. Students begin field at a different agency, attending three days per week.


Co-requisites


SWK 616. (2 hrs.)  Integrated Seminar III



SWK 662. (2 hrs.) Full Time Field Education III. Students continue at the same agency as SWK 661, attending three days per week.


SWK 647. (2 hrs.) Integrated Seminar IV.

 

 

PART-TIME STUDENTS


First Year


SWK 626. (1 hr.) Part Time Field Education I. Students attend field placement two days per week. Students attend field placement three days per week. Students attend biweekly group sessions that process field experiences to assist with developing a professional identity


Co-requisites


SWK 604. (1 hr.) Professional Development II. This intensive orientation to field takes place during the first week of the semester.

SWKS 615. (2 hrs.) Integrated Seminar II



SWK 627. (1 hr.) Part Time Field Education II. In the semester following SWK 626, students continue at same agency for two days each week.  Students continue to attend field placement three days per week. Students attend biweekly group sessions.

By the end of SWK 626 and SWK 627, students need to have accumulated a total of 450 field hours.



Second Year & PT Advanced Standing


SWK 641. (2 hrs.) Part Time Field Education III

Students attend a new field placement two days each week.


Co-requisites


SWK 616. (2 hrs.)  Integrated Seminar III



SWK 642. (2 hrs.) Part Time Field Education IV

Students attend a new field placement two days each week. 

By the end of SWK 641 and SWK 642, students need to have a total of 450 hour


SWK 647. (2 hrs.) Integrated Seminar IV.

 

Field Education Manual & Resources

 

Contact Us

Vickie Murdy
Coordinator of Field
601.266.5852
victoria.murdyFREEMississippi

 

Jenine Housewright
Field Education Specialist
601.266.5569
j.housleyFREEMississippi

 

Laurie Risher
Field Placement Specialist
601.266.4163
laurie.risherFREEMississippi