Master of Social Work Field Education

Hours: 240 each semester

Field Education

The Field Education Program at the Department of Social Work provides an opportunity for students to integrate their curriculum knowledge with real-life experiences in a variety of field practice settings. Students are supervised by experienced social work field instructors at human services agencies where they refine their social work skills and begin their lives as social work professionals.

The field placement is a vital part of the professional development of the student. Through our collaborative efforts the Social Work Department and human service organizations will continue to offer field education of the highest quality to enhance human well-being and meet the basic human needs of all people. Master of Social (MSW) work students complete concurrent field placements two semesters per year.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has set 2008 standards for Field Education. This area of the curriculum is considered the "signature pedagogy" of the program Field education is considered the central form of instruction and learning in which a profession socializes its students to perform the role of practitioner, connects the theoretical and conceptual contributions of the classroom with the practical world of the practice setting, and is systematically designed, supervised, coordinated, and evaluated based on criteria by which students demonstrate the achievement of program competencies.

For more information about field education at Appalachian State, contact:

Heather Thorp, LCSW
Field Director
Department of Social Work
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608
828/262-6389
Email: thorpha@appstate.edu

Field supervisors: Please note that all evaluation forms are designed to be completed electronically rather than by hand. Please complete them electronically and then print and sign them. If you have any problems with the forms, please contact the Field Director.