Field Education

Four semesters of supervised field practicum in a social work agency is part of the core curriculum. Field practicum is scheduled two full days a week. Students are expected to be in their placements during the agency's normal hours of operation. No credit is given for life experience or previous work experience.

Field practicum is a central component of social work education. The practicum provides comprehensive supervised practice experience, which consolidates content presented in the classroom. The practicum provides students with the opportunity to apply foundation knowledge, skills, values and ethics, and practice skills to enhance the well being of people and ameliorate environmental conditions that adversely affect people. It is essential for professional development that social work students demonstrate knowledge, values and skills of social work practice within the context of the practicum.

Practicum placements provide students with a range of learning assignments encompassing areas of social work practice. The practicum is a supervised experience affording students the opportunity to develop a range of professional practice skills and to evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions.

Field Practicum Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Learning Plan & Evaluation Forms

Foundation Students

Advanced Students

All students must complete a minimum of 250 hours per semester

August 21 Field Orientation for all Interns (1st & 2nd Year Students)
August 22 Field Orientation for 1st Year Interns only
August 27 Field Practicum begins (16 hours per week)
Sep - Oct Faculty Liaisons schedule agency visits to review placement learning plans with Field Instructors & students
November 28-29 Holiday No Field Practicum
December 24 - January 3 Winter Break No Field Practicum
January 7 Resume Praticum (16 hours per week)
April 21-25 Spring Break - No Field Practicum
May 1 Field Practicum ends
May 23 Academic Year ends


CSU Observed Holidays (Campus Closed)

September 2 (Labor Day)
November 11 (Veterans Day)
November 28 - 29 (Thanksgiving)
December 24 - 31 (Winter Break)
January 1 (New Year's Day)
January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
March 31 (In observance of Cesar Chavez Day)
May 26 (Memorial Day)


  1. Action Plan.pdf
  2. Agency Orientation Checklist.pdf
  3. Critical Reflection Log.pdf
  4. Employer Placement Proposal.pdf
  5. Field Instructor Feedback Form.pdf
  6. Field Instructor Checklist.pdf
  7. Intern Supervision Notes.pdf
  8. Keeping a Journal.pdf
  9. Learning Plan Advisement.pdf
  10. Process Recording Outline.pdf
  11. Student Evaluation of Field Practicum.pdf
  12. Student Interview with Agency.pdf
  13. Information For New Agencies.pdf
  14. Field Instructor Vita Form.pdf
  15. Placement Site Information Sheet.pdf