During your senior year, you will be assigned to a field placement site and work under the supervision of a qualified field instructor who is a social worker employed at that site. You can expect that your field placements will provide you with high quality opportunities to learn, develop skills, meet social workers in the community, and make a difference in the lives of the clients you serve. Field placement hours are typically scheduled sometime during the work week (i.e., Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm). Field placements available with exclusively evening or weekend hours are rare. Field placements are arranged by the School of Social Work and are an important part of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) curriculum as you grow to assume the role of a professional social worker. As a matter of policy, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program does not accept life or work experience as a substitute for field placement or any other required social work courses.
Field education schedule
The Field Education schedule for each academic year is developed by the field education coordinator and is posted on blackboard at the start of each academic year. Field starts on the first day of classes each semester and ends on the last day of classes. It is the School’s expectation that the field hour requirement is completed during this time unless special permission is granted by the BSW field education coordinator.
Field Education FAQ's
Field hour requirements are consistent with CSWE accreditation requirements. BSW students spend a total of 448 hours in field placement.
Every effort will be made to accommodate your areas of interest with field placements; however, specific placements are not guaranteed.
The School of Social Work has partnerships with over 200 Greater Cincinnati agencies, including in Dayton and Northern Kentucky. Available placements can change and some locations will be more convenient for some students than others. You should be prepared for some travel to get to your field placements; the field education office tries to minimize travel time when possible.
Placements during evenings and weekends are very rare. You should be prepared to make needed accommodations so that placements can take place during weekday hours.