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Field Education Glossary

Signature Pedagogy - Field Education Signature pedagogy represents the central form of instruction and learning in
which a profession socializes its students to perform the role of practitioner. Professionals have
pedagogical norms with which they connect and integrate theory and practice. In social work, the signature pedagogy is field education.

The intent of field education is to connect the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting. It is a basic precept of social work education that the two interrelated components of curriculum--classroom and field---are of equal importance within the curriculum, and each contributes to the development of the requisite competencies of professional practice.

Field education is systematically designed, supervised, coordinated, and evaluated based on criteria by which
students demonstrate the achievement of program competencies.

Council on Social Work Education

Field Education

Welcome to Field Education at the University of Georgia School of Sociai Work. Field
education is the heart of social work educat ion and its signature pedagogy, as defined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the accreditation body for graduate and undergraduate professional social work education programs in the United States.

Field experiences that blend classroom education with real world experiences help maximize student growth. Our field faculty is eager to partner with our field agencies and work with our students to provide educationally sound practica that build on knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Click on the link below for detailed information on the process of becoming a practicum site.

We continue to implement procedures and ideas to help students and field instructors succeed in attaining optimal learning experiences. We would be happy to respond to questions and comments from students, field instructors. and other community members.

We invite social worker professionals and agencies to join us in providing exciting practicum experiences. Please see our application to become a practicum site.

Sandra Murphy, Ph.D, MSW
Director of Field Education
(706) 542-5419

Jackie Ellis, LCSW, Ph.D
Coordinator of MSW Field Education
(706) 542-5466

Diane Harvey, LCSW
Coordinator of MSW Field Education
(678) 985-6772

Carol Taylor, LCSW
Coordinator of Gwinnett MSW Field Education
(678) 985-6792

Jeff Skinner, M.Div., MSSW, LCSW
Coordinator of BSW Field Education
(706) 542-5474

Cindy Roberts
Administrative Assistant, Field Education
(706) 542-5423