Field Placement Options

Standard Concurrent Placement

  • Standard concurrent placement runs from mid-September through the first week in May.
  • Students enrolled in the foundation year are in the field 16 hours/week, and students in the advanced year are in the field 24 hours/week.
  • Under certain circumstances, students may arrange schedules that might include limited evening hours.
  • Any alternative scheduling must meet School and agency approval and cannot conflict with the student’s class schedule.
  • Modified arrangement must allow for the student to participate in the “life of the agency,” e.g., staff meetings, case conferences, in-service training.
  • The standard concurrent placement arrangement is used by the majority of students.
  • In some situations, advanced year, students may opt to do a concurrent placement that begins in January or May and runs through August or December respectively.
  • Students interested in this variation of the concurrent placement should talk with their Faculty Advisor and have an amended program plan approved by the OCP administration.

Modified Block Placement

  • Students entering the advanced year may do their placement in a block format of 28, 32, or 36 hours/week for 26, 22.5, or 20 weeks respectively.
  • The concurrency requirement of method courses must be met.

Twelve-Month Extended Placement

(January to January; May to May; or September to September)

  • Students in the advanced year have the option of completing fieldwork over a 12-month period rather than nine months.
  • There is a minimum requirement of 16 hours/week in placement.
  • Students choosing the 12-month placement need to arrange their academic course schedule so that they enroll in methods courses concurrent with field placement.
  • Off-campus students often choose the option of a May to May or September to September placement although this may restrict choice of agency availability.

Employer Agency Placement

  • This option permits students to do one placement at their place of employment, provided that the placement meets specific criteria.
  • These criteria are outlined in the Guidelines for Employer Agency Placements, which is available from the Field Education Department.
  • Students must discuss plans for this option with their Faculty Advisor.
  • A written proposal must be submitted to the OCP administration for review.
  • Advanced Standing Students are not eligible to enroll in an employer agency placement.

Planning to do a field placement at your place of employment?

General Guidelines
Field Placement Structure
Faculty Advising
Field Placement Process
Field Education Competencies

Forms and Other Helpful Information

BUSSW Guide to Field Education
Field Education Agencies