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MSW Field Placement

Field placement is an important component of the Master of Social Work program and is designed to integrate academic learning with “real world” social work experience.  Students learn role behavior and techniques necessary to function effectively as social workers at both the foundation (generalist) level and the advanced (concentration) level. The experience also allows students to identify areas in which they need more educational experience, and helps them decide what kind of position they wish to pursue after graduation.

At the University of Memphis MSW program, the field internship consists of four different courses: Two courses for the foundation (generalist) level, SWRK 7051 and SWRK 7052; and two courses for the advanced (concentration) level, SWRK 7053 and SWRK 7054. For the foundation placement (SWRK 7051 and 7052), students will be assigned to an agency in the community by the MSW Director of Field Placement. For the concentration placement  (SWRK 7053 and 7054), students will have more voice in selecting the agency to which they are assigned, but the assignment ultimately will be made by the MSW Director of Field Placement.

Grades for field placement will be assigned by the MSW Director of Field Placement but will be based largely on the evaluation of the field instructor (the student’s supervisor in the agency at which he or she engages in placement).  Also figuring into the grade for each field course will be the student’s participation in two or three seminars per semester, intended to foster the learning experience involved in doing field placement.

MSW Field Manual

The Department of Social Work resides in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy within the College of Arts & Sciences. The Program offers the Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work and the Master of Social Work. The BA degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the MSW degree is in candidacy for  CSWE accreditation. Both degree programs include significant work experience through field placement.

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Master of Social Work Program

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