Field Education is the Signature Pedagogy of Social Work Education, and is intended to provide students the opportunity to apply models, theories, and ethical concepts learned in the classroom to a variety of community practice settings.
Commonwealth University - Bloomsburg Social Work program has relationships with many community agencies and organizations that allow students to gain meaningful practice experience with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Possible internship settings include, but are not limited to, hospitals and other medical facilities, schools, county child welfare organizations, behavioral health and addiction treatment programs, juvenile and adult corrections programs, community service organizations, university-based student services and research programs, and programs that serve veterans and older adults.
The Council on Social Work Education requires that MSW students complete at least 900 hours of field experience in an appropriate practice setting in order to earn their degree.
Traditional, two-year program students will participate in four semesters of Field, in two different agencies or practice settings, in order to meet this requirement. Advanced Standing students will participate in two semesters of Field. Since these students bring at least 400 hours of field experience with them from their undergraduate programs, they will complete a minimum of 500 hours in an appropriate advanced generalist setting.
Students will work with the Field Director to secure their field placements. While this process is collaborative, all internship sites must be vetted and approved by the Field Director before a placement can be finalized. Details on this process, and other Field Education Policies and Procedures, will be available in the Field Education Manual.