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 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:
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!
For general Field Education inquiries, please contact: SWfield@txstate.edu
Mr. R. Stephen Medel, LMSW.
Director of Field Education / BSW Coordinator
(512) 245-2592 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Valerie Gomez, LMSW.
(512) 245-2592 or email@example.com
Ms. Lindsey Anderson, LMSW.
(512) 245-2592 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kym Owens, LCSW.
(512) 245-2592 or email@example.com
Ms. Ellen Ostergren, LCSW.
Online Field Liaison