BASW Field Education

Field education is an integral part of the social work curriculum for the BASW and MSW Programs. In 2008, and reaffirmed in 2015, the Council on Social Work Education designated Field Education as the Signature Pedodogy where the classroom and the field integrate. Click to view the new CSWE Competencies. Students participate in experiential and integrative learning in affiliated community organizations so that they can apply to real life practice situations what they have learned in the classroom. This experience additionally prepares students for the professional position they will assume in the marketplace after graduation. Students learn under the supervision of a qualified field instructor and with the support of a field advisor and liaison from the School of Social Work.

The importance of the role of the field instructor as teacher, guide, challenger, and role model to the student cannot be underestimated. Field instructors perform these responsibilities on a voluntary basis, often to give back what they were given and to continue to remain current and challenged in their thinking about the practice role they perform and the social issues they face in their work with individuals, families, small groups, neighborhoods, communities, and organizations. No two field instructor or student experiences are identical, but there are threads of commonality in all field placement experiences.

The information on this Web site is to assist students and field instructors as they prepare for, engage in, and complete the field placement experience. There is also information for those who would like to consider becoming an affiliated site or a potential field instructor.

BASW Request for Field Placement and Confirmation Forms

BASW Field Education Schedule, Information, and Handbook

Field Learning Plans and Evaluation Documents

  • The Office of Field Education will be providing each student a unique link to their electronic Learning Plans (beginning of the term) and Evaluation plus the Time Sheet documents (about 7 weeks before the end of the term) for all students for all terms starting Summer Semester 2017.
  • Each student will receive an individualized link for the Field Learning Plan and Field Evaluation respectively to their Pitt Email Account (to see an example of this email click here). The student is responsible for sharing this link with their Field Instructor (please see outline of guidelines at this link here).
  • As you work on these documents, your progress will be automatically saved, however it is important that you save the link that was sent to you in order to return to your Field Learning Plan or Evaluation plus the Time Sheet.
  • All documents will be signed electronically within the forms and submitted electronically. The signature of your filed liaison will be secured by the Field Office after you submit the document to the Office of Field Education.
  • Please contact your field coordinator(the person who matched you to a field site) in the Office of Field Education or the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Field Education Ms. Riley A. Riley at riley.riley@pitt.edu with any questions regarding this process and/or these forms.

The field experience constitutes 600 hours over two terms (12 credit hours) for BASW majors. This occurs in the Fall and Spring of the student's Senior year. Students are in a single placement for both terms; they spend 8 hours per day, 3 days per week, for 14 weeks in field each term. This occurs concurrently with classes, especially the Practicum and Seminar Lab I and II. Part-time students complete the field Practica and Seminar and Lab courses during their last year of study following the completion of all course work.

BASW majors attend a Field Placement Planning Meeting in November of their junior year. At that time they receive a Request for Field Placement Form, the timeline for placing BASW majors, and other information they will need to be familiar with during the placement process.

Students interested in a specialized program and field placement can learn more about some of the School of Social Work's BASW programs:

Child Welfare Education for Baccalaureates (CWEB)

Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education