Field Education

Unlike many other academic programs that students may successfully complete by performing well in the classroom and in the laboratory, social work education requires application of knowledge and skills in the field. Field Education is the portion of the social work curriculum that most directly prepares students for professional practice. MSW students take 20 credit hours of Field Practicum Classes and apply their knowledge and skills in the field for 960 hours during their education.

Many organizations in Kern County and surrounding areas serve as field placement agencies. After consultation with each student, the Director of Field Education refers the student to a placement agency that offers learning opportunities in accord with the student's needs. After an interview process, the student, agency, and Director of Field Education agree on a placement, and the student begins field work in accord with the academic calendar. To assure a diverse educational experience, each student is assigned to a different field placement agency each year of field education.

Students are not to initiate their own field placements without specific permission to do so from the Director of Field Education.


For more detailed information about Field Education, refer to the Field Manual.


All field forms are available in the Field Manual. Selected forms are available via the links below.  Please be sure to use the forms from the most recent edition. They are available in Word format. If you have Microsoft Word, you can save them to your computer and complete them electronically. If you do not have Word, you can download Microsoft's Word Viewer. After you open the file in Word Viewer, you can copy the form to another word processor.


Process Recording Form (Note that some instructors use different recording forms.)

Field Placement Monthly Timesheet

Field Placement Monthly Timesheet in Excel format (Thanks to Virginia Ouderkirk)

Learning Contract/Field Evaluation Form - Foundation Year

Learning Contract/Field Evaluation Form - Foundation Year - Sample

Learning Contract/Field Evaluation Form - Concentration Year

Learning Contract/Field Evaluation Form - Concentration Year - Sample

Student Evaluation of Foundation Field Practicum Form

Student Evaluation of Advanced Field Practicum Form

Field Instructor Evaluation of Field Education Program