MSW Field Education

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MSW students are required to successfully complete 1,050 hours of supervised field practicum in agencies approved by the Department of Social Work: 450 hours during the foundation year and 600 hours during the concentration year. Field placements generally require availability during regular daytime hours. The Department of Social Work will make reasonable efforts to work with a student to secure an appropriate field placement; however, it does not guarantee a placement.

Points of Contact

Questions about Field Education should be directed to:

Sharolyn Dugger
Director of Field Education
sdugger@gmu.edu

Dr. Molly Davis
Associate Field Director
mdavi7@gmu.edu

Elaine Ervin
Field Education Administrative Assistant
eervin@gmu.edu

Field Placement Sites

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Supervised Field Practicum

Course work in the MSW program is supplemented by a total of 1,050 hours of supervised field practicum. With the input of students and faculty, the Director of Field Education identifies and selects agency sites appropriate to each student’s strengths and learning goals. Placements include:

  • Juvenile and adult probation/parole
  • Nursing homes/hospitals/assisted living/hospice
  • Substance abuse treatment facilities
  • Mental health agencies
  • Child protective services/foster care/adoption
  • Family service agencies
  • Programs for people with disabilities
  • Group homes
  • Outreach programs
  • Community organizations
  • Advocacy groups
  • Membership associations
  • Local/state/federal legislative offices
  • Local/state/federal executive agencies

Field placements for both full- and part-time students require being available during regular working hours.  All students must arrange to be free of other obligations in order to fulfill the practicum requirement.

The Field Education Coordinators place students in their field sites during the spring and early summer prior to the field practicum year (prior to their first year in the program, for incoming two-year students, and prior to their second year for returning three-year and four-year students). It is each student's responsibility to be proactive in communicating with the coordinators about their potential field practicum site.

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