UCCS Social Work Field Education
At UCCS, social work students have the opportunity to make a difference in their local community while gaining practice skills in key social work competency areas. As field practice (e.g., internships) is considered to be the "signature pedagogy for social work" (CSWE, 2015, p. 12), the UCCS Social Work program will rely heavily on field education and community agencies to help produce competent practitioners.
The expected field hours for UCCS Social Work students include:
- BSW students are required to complete no less than 400 hours of field practice.
- Generalist practice (Year 1) MSW students are required to complete no less than 400 hours of field practice.
- Specialized practice (Year 2) MSW students are required to complete no less than 500 hours of field practice.
Field placements will be tailored to the interests, educational goals, and career aspirations of each student. BSW and Generalist/first-year MSW students are typically in the field 2 days a week, and Specialized/second-year MSW students are typically in the field 3 days a week.
UCCS Social Work will begin placing first-year MSW students into field placements beginning Fall 2020, and second-year MSW students as well as BSW students beginning Fall 2021.