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Field Education

Field Education Overview

Field education is a vital aspect of your Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Field education provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Apply the values, knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a practical setting.
  • Practice and integrate social work theories and practice.
  • Develop a professional "self" and professional identity as a social worker.

The objectives for the field education program are set to meet the standards set by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) as outlined in the CASWE-ACFTS Standards for Accreditation.

As part of your field education, you will complete courses with approved agencies that provide micro, macro, or integrated learning opportunities. A qualified agency-based field instructor will provide supervision to help you develop social work practice skills that reflect the learning required from your field education course.

Field Education Placements

Students will be exposed to a variety of integrated learning opportunities in the placement. Students will be required to employ a range of social work theories and interventions, practice methods, and models applicable to small and large systems. These placements may or may not include direct practice with individuals and groups.

Student Support and Feedback

The MSW Field Education office is available to support students throughout their field education experience and is continuously evolving to respond to your needs.

Our office maintains an open-door policy, offering support, advice, and encouragement needed to meet your concerns and challenges.

We are also available via email and phone during regular office hours and by appointment through Navigator. To set up a meeting with anyone on our team:

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In-person drop-in hours:

  • Fall term: Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Winter term: Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
* All times are subject to change due to holidays and closures.