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Field Education FAQ's for MSW Students

How and when do I apply?

Students entering field during their first semester of the MSW program will apply for field during the MSW application process.  All other students will apply by February of the year they will be entering field.

What happens after I turn in my application?

All field applications are reviewed and requests are matched. Someone in the field office will contact you and give you the name and phone number of a supervisor in your potential placement agency. You will contact the supervisor to set up an interview. After your interview, you will report back to the field office and the field office will confirm your field placement. If you have an agency in mind where you want to do your field placement, we ask that you talk to the field office FIRST.

How do I prepare for my interview with a prospective field placement supervisor?

Treat this interview as if you were applying for a job in the agency. Dress for success, not a college class. Be prepared for the interview by researching the agency and go with a list of questions to ask, such as "What do student interns do in this agency?" Take your updated resume and remember professionalism.

What happens after my placement is confirmed?

Before the start of the semester, touch base with your supervisor. Review any correspondence from the Social Work Field Office regarding any mandatory orientation to field and review the field calendars on the Social Work Department website. Confirm your start date and ask if there is anything that you need to do before your first day. Some agencies require a PPD, background check, driving record, etc.

How much time will I spend in a field placement?

Generalist Practice students spend 16 hours per week (2 days) in field while school is in session, both fall and spring semesters, August to May. Specialist Practice students, including advanced standing, spend 24 hours a week (3 days) in field both fall and spring semesters OR 16 hours a week (2 days) if they select to do a fall, spring and summer (August to August) placement. Rarely, do we have any evening or weekend field placements available. You will need to make yourself available during the normal work week in order to complete your field practicum. If you are working full time, you will need to plan for daytime release time from your job to participate in field practicum.

What kind of supervision will I receive?

You will receive supervision from an agency designated masters level social work supervisor, and you will have a Salisbury University faculty member serve as your Field Liaison.

How many placements will I have?

Both semesters are spent in the same agency.

Can I do my field placement in the agency where I work?

Yes, an employment based field education option has been developed for those students who would like to have their field placement at the agency where they are employed. A student who wants to pursue this option must submit a written proposal to the Field Office. Please see additional information about this option in the student handbook under Field Forms, Employment-Based Field Instruction Proposal.

Are there any paid field placements?

The only stipend available for field is through the Title IV-E Program. Stipends range from about $7,000 to $9,500 per year. Please review the information on the Field Education website link if you are interested in doing your placement in a public child welfare program as it is restrictive and a competitive process. You must do a field placement in a local Department of Social Services in Maryland (Maryland Department of Human Services); you must seek employment after graduation with DHS; you must be available to attend mandatory trainings on campus throughout your field placement and in the spring in Baltimore; and you must have a valid drivers license. In the event that you are not able to fulfill any of the commitments set forth in your contract, you will be required to repay your stipend to the school within 3 months.

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