The MSW Field Education Program
Advanced MSW students complete one practicum that is 450 hours (approximately 56 days) in duration and the Integrative Seminar.
Incoming students will be contacted by the Field Education office shortly after admission to begin the process of organizing their placement. Students will be asked to complete a Placement Request Form, which asks them to reflect upon their learning goals for the placement, the knowledge and skills they bring to their placement, and ways they learn best. Students are asked to provide an updated copy of their resume and a general cover letter, and will then attend a planning meeting with one of the Field Education coordinators to explore their learning needs and the options for practicum settings.
MSW students need to be largely available after admissions, between March and August, to participate in this planning process and to attend interviews with prospective field instructors. For students outside the Lower Mainland, these interviews can be done by phone or Skype; however, where possible in-person interviews are preferred. Students will be expected to interview at the placement site where they have been matched to help ensure that the setting and field instructor will allow them to build on their knowledge and skill in their professional development. Most MSW students have their practicum organized by August.
School Expectations of the Advanced MSW Practicum
The advanced level MSW practicum focuses on the student’s identified learning goals. MSW students are practitioners who are returning to specialize and strengthen their skills. As a result, the focus in the practicum is building on their skill base and developing a stronger theoretical and critically reflective approach to practice. Advanced level MSW students usually do their practicum concurrently with courses. Typically students attend practicum on Mondays and Tuesdays from September until mid-April. A block placement in spring/summer (between mid-May and early August) is also possible for a limited number of students.
More information and student forms available here.
Course: Field Practicum I – SOWK 560
Program Level: MSW SOWK 560
Frequency: As negotiated with the (Faculty) Supervisor
Duration: September – mid-April or block placement. 450 hrs
Information and Forms
- Getting Started – A Checklist
- Field Placement Request Form
- BCASW Social Worker Declaration
- Student Health and Safety Orientation
Required for Students on Placement in a Healthcare Setting
Please note: All students requesting a practicum in a healthcare setting will be asked to verify that all required vaccinations are up to date.