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MSW Foundation Field Education

Overview | Foundation | Concentration | Syllabi | Agencies | Forms & Resources | FAQs | MSW International Field Placement | MSW Field Manual 2016-2017 | MSW Field Manual 2017-2018

The foundation field experience is an integral part of the MSW curriculum, providing an opportunity for students to develop practice skills while also linking theory to practice. The foundation field experience draws upon courses taken in the foundation year. The Field Education Office holds field orientation sessions to provide detailed information on the placement application process. The Field Office matches students to placement agencies as all sites provide experiences to meet foundation learning objectives according to CSWE standards. Students will typically be assigned to agencies that provide different experiences or are in a different setting than what they have previously been exposed. Students are able to request geographical area; however placements can be up to 60 miles from campus. In addition, students will attend a 2 hour weekly seminar on campus.  

**Please note that the majority of placements are during regular business hours and students need to be able to meet this requirement.

Foundation Field Requirements and Schedule

Part-time students: Part-time students will be enrolled in the foundation field course in the Fall Semester of their second year in the program. Students are at their field agency for 16 hours a week for fifteen weeks for a minimum of 240 hours. In addition, students will attend a two-hour concurrent seminar every week at the Gwinnett campus.

Full-time students: Full-time students will be enrolled in the foundation field course in the spring semester of their first year in the program. Students are at their field agency for 16 hours a week for fifteen weeks for a minimum of 240 hours. In addition, students will attend a 2 hour weekly seminar at the assigned campus.