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Office of Field Education

The Office of Field Education at Texas State University School of Social Work coordinates all Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) foundation and advanced practice field internships.  Students are not expected to secure their own internships and are not encouraged to reach out to partner agencies.  The Office of Field Education secures all agency placements for social work students. We place students in many states and countries where social service agencies are available. 

 

All eligible students are required to apply for their field education internship through an application process. Information sessions are held at the beginning of every semester to provide guidance regarding field education, answer frequently asked questions, and review available field placement options for students.

 

Students will be notified the semester before their intended practicum to begin the field application process.  During this planning time, information sessions are held, applications for the field are processed, pre-placement interviews are conducted, and students are referred to agency interviews.  Students are assigned a Field Advisor to guide the field education process for every student.  All students must complete a mandatory field education orientation prior to beginning their field internship.

 

Field Education consists of two courses taken concurrently, the experiential field practicum and the integrative seminar. Field internships are available to begin in the Fall and Spring semesters.  Full-time students complete one block placement approximately over a 15 week semester.  Part-time students will complete field internships over two semesters.

 

The field education courses are as follows:

BSW Field 

SOWK 4645 - 6 credit hours/ Integrative Seminar 

SOWK 4650 - 6 credit hours/ 420 Contact Hours 

 

MSW Foundation Field

SOWK 5410 - 4 credit hours/ Integrative Seminar

SOWK 5411 - 4 credit hours /360 Contact Hours 

 

MSW Advanced Field

SOWK 5378 - 3 credit hours/ Integrative Seminar

SOWK 5979 - 9 credit hours/ 540 Contact Hours  

SOWK 5379/5679 - 9 credit hours/ 540 Contact Hours (PT ONLY)

 

 

Field Education is an exciting time for students and agency partners alike. The path to becoming a social work professional starts in the field placement where students realize their career options. If you have additional questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questions and the Field Education Handbook for Student Interns & Field Instructors.

 

We look forward to working with you! 

 Info Session

 

Method Date & Time Location
Self-Paced Videos Available Sept 13, 2019 8:00am CST TRACS

 


Contact Us

For general Field Education inquiries, please contact: SWfield@txstate.edu


Mr. R. Stephen Medel, LMSW.
Director of Field Education / BSW Field Coordinator
(512) 245-2592 or rm33@txstate.edu

Ms. Valerie Gomez, LMSW.
Field Liaison / MSW Field Coordinator
(512) 245-2592 or vg1059@txstate.edu

Ms. Lindsey Anderson, LMSW.
Field Liaison
(512) 245-2592 or lindsey.anderson@txstate.edu

Ms. Kym Owens, LCSW.
Field Liaison
(512) 245-2592 or kjo25@txsate.edu

Ms. Ellen Ostergren, LCSW.
Online Field Liaison
 e_o166@txstate.edu