Field Education

Beyond the Classroom

The classroom is a critical component of an SSW education, as is having the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a social work setting, which takes learning to an even more dynamic level. An integral, and required, part of the SSW experience, the Field Education internship offers students hands-on practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Internships provide experience in many settings where social workers practice, and with the activities in which they engage, for example play therapy with children who have suffered trauma, legislative advocacy for mental health, and hospice work.

Whether you’re in an on-campus, off-campus, or online program, Field Education represents a means to not only thrive as a student and gain essential practical skills, but also to make a real impact in people’s lives before you even graduate. We have wonderful relationships with 800 social work organizations and are continually developing more. Placements take place alongside practice courses so that classroom and field learning are integrated, with students typically spending two or three days a week in real-world settings. Hear what some students have said about their experiences.

To learn more about your field education experience as students, field instructors, or advisors, please click on the appropriate button below.

Students (CRC, OCP, OLP) Field Instructors Advisors

Please take a moment to review the Field Education Guide and Competencies.

The Guide to Field Education is the handbook which describes the Field Education curriculum and policies and procedures. To access the guide, please click here. This document will be best viewed with Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome. If using Internet Explorer, please switch to compatibility mode.

The Foundation and Advanced (Clinical or Macro) Competencies for Field Education

These competencies were developed by the Council on Social Work Education and form the basis of the curriculum for field education. They should be incorporated into the Learning Contract and will be the focus of the field instructor’s evaluation of the student’s learning and performance. Students engage in hands-on practice in a range of urban settings, where they learn social work values, knowledge, and skills. Specific competencies are designed for foundation and advanced students:

Field Education Department administrators and staff work closely with students, faculty, advisors, and agency personnel to ensure quality field education experiences.

Charles River BU North Southeastern MA (SEMA) Online Program
Trudy Zimmerman Terese Romano Sonia Mee (Fall River) Kristina Whiton-O’Brien
Judith Perlstein Deb Berglin (Cape Cod) Diane Casey Crowley
Andrew Spooner Denise Osei-Mensah
Reeve Goldhaber
Alicia Cameron

The Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative


2016-2017 Field Education Calendar

Process Recordings & Analyses Handbook

Field Education Policy regarding Attendance at Internships in Severe Weather