Field Education is an important component of graduate social work education. Included in a student's Plan of Study will be two different field placements in social services agencies, departments or other service delivery systems located throughout the State of Maryland and surrounding areas.
The Office of Field Education (OFE) is comprised of Field Coordinators, Field Instructors, Faculty Liaisons and other staff. Field Coordinators work closely with students to locate field placements prior to the start of the academic year. Field Placements are determined based on concentration/specialization for advanced students and geographic location for foundation students. Field Coordinators work diigently to ensure that placements are a good fit for the students and our agencies.
At the beginning of each academic year, students are provided access to the Electronic Field Notebook (EFN) so they can submit assignment troughout the year. During the year, important information will be collected and disseminated throughout the EFN.
Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year. Field education is a critical component for educating social work professionals. The important work performed by field instructors cannot be over emphasized. We thank you and your agency for accepting this added role while maintaining regular work responsibilities.
New Field Instructors are required to review the orientation materials and invited to attend a webinar via zoom. To review orientation materials and register to attend one of the live webinar sessions please click here. If you have any questions or cocerns please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to 2021-2022 Academic School Year. Field Orientation is mandatory for Advanced Standing students and Foundation students entering field for the first time. Advanced Standing students are those students admitted with a BSW and will complete the program in one year. Students must watch pre-orientation videos prior to attending orientation next. If you have not watched the video or registered for orientation please click the link below.
The Student Field Orientation was comprised of two parts. Part 1 is a series of short videos, and Part 2 was a “live zoom meeting”/Student Field Orientation, which you were required to attend for one day during the week of August 16. You can access short videos by clicking the link above. Orientation is mandatory and you are required to attend one of the sessions during the week of August 16th. If you have not already done so, you can click here to register. In the event that you are unable to attend orientation please email the office at email@example.com as soon as possible.
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The spread of COVID-19 around the country and globe continues to present significant challenges for social work education. Each social work student, teacher, field instructor, and program is unique, and so have been their responses to this pandemic. In response to the continuing impact of the pandemic, the University of Maryland School of Social Work created a COVID-19 Task Force, which addressed matters as they related to Field Education.
The following documents will provide a better understanding of policies that have been implemented for Field Placement agencies to better navigate issues as they pertain to MSW students during this pandemic. Please note that the agency coordinator will need to review these documents, sign them electronically and return them to the Office of Field Education. The forms should be returned to the Office Manager, Donna Earling at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the office at email@example.com.