MSW Field Education

The field experience for MSW students constitutes 1080 hours over four terms (18 credit hours) for full-time MSW students.

Part-time students who enter without advanced standing also complete 1080 hours (18 credit hours) of field education; however these hours are distributed over a greater number of semesters.

Advanced standing students complete 720 hours (12 credit hours) typically distributed over two terms (full-time students) to four terms (part-time students).

Further details about the structure of field placements for each term can be found below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Online Field Directory

Internship/Field Placement Descriptions

MSW Certificate Field Requirements

MSW Field Placement Request and Confirmation Forms

Field Learning Plans and Evaluation/Timesheet 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 field 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.

Field Education Schedule

Field Education Handbook

Structure

The structure for the MSW Program depends on a student's status as either Full Time or Part Time as well as First Year or Second Year standing. Note: For Field Office purposes, Advanced Standing students are considered to have Second Year standing.

First Year students complete a Generalist Field Placement. Standard Second Year students and those granted full Advanced Standing status complete a Specialized Practice Area Field Placement

Full Time:

First Year Students

  • Fall Term (Mid-October–December)—Generalist 3 credits, concurrent
  • Field Seminar—1 hour per week (August–December)
  • Spring Term (January–May)—Generalist 3 credits, concurrent

Second Year and Advanced Standing Students

  • Fall Term (September–December)— Specialized Practice Area Field Placement 6 credits, concurrent
  • Spring Term (January–May)— Specialized Practice Area Field Placement 6 credits, concurrent

Options

  • Other options may be planned in special circumstances.

Part-Time Students (Main Campus)

First Year Students

  • Summer Term (May–August) Generalist Field Non-advanced Standing Students—3 Credits
  • Summer Term (May–August) Field Seminar—1 hour per week
  • Fall Term (September–December) Generalist Field Non-advanced Standing Students—3 Credits
  • Spring Term (January–May) Generalist Students Classes Only

Second year and Advanced Standing Students

  • Summer Term (May–August) Specialized Practice Area Field Placement for Advanced Standing Students—3 Credits
  • Fall Term (September–December) Specialized Practice Area Field Placement for Standard 2nd Year Students—3 Credits
  • Spring Term (January–May) Specialized Practice Area Field Placement for Advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Third and Fourth Year

  • Second field placement occurs until 12 credits (720 hours) are satisfied, usually at the rate of 16–24 hours per week; the student may or may not be taking classes depending on the status of fulfillment of coursework 

* First year non-advanced standing students attend a field seminar for 1 hour per week during the first Fall term of the MSW Program. Part-time non-advanced standing students attend a field seminar for 1 hour per week during the first Summer Term of the MSW Program.

Part-time students (UPJ, UPB)

Students at UPJ and UPB will follow the same sequence as part time students at the main (Pgh) campus.

*Advanced Standing (UPJ, UPB)—Advanced Standing Students will follow the same sequence as part time advanced standing students at the main (Pgh) campus. Advanced standing placement occurs until 12 credits (720 hours) are satisfied.