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 practica 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.