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 Pedagogy 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. 

Check out the Field FAQs infographic created by the Student Executive Council (SEC). Please visit the program pages below for a full list of FAQs.

BASW Field Education

BASW 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. 

MSW Field Education

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

Agencies and Field Instructors

The role of the field instructor as teacher, guide, challenger, and role model to the student is a vital one. 

Advising

Each advisor will work with her or his advisees to clarify educational options, to answer questions about the MSW Program, and to identify career opportunities.

Current Internship/Field Placement Descriptions

 Read about the wide variety of field placement options offered by the Office of Field Education.

Resources for Students

A list of various resources for field education students.

Contact Us

The Pitt School of Social Work field office is here to help!