Student Notebook

New Students Entering Field

Field Education is a significant portion of your social work education.  It is the place where you will apply the knowledge and skills you learn in the classroom to actual people and to real situations, under the supervision of a seasoned social worker.  It is a place where you learn to make a real, lasting contribution to the lives of others.

Students entering field must submit a field placement application within 2 weeks of paying their $300 confirmation deposit.

  • If you do not have a UM ID, go to the MyUMB Portal to set up your account.
  • We cannot guarantee placement for any application received after June 1.  Students who submit an application after June 1 may be required to become part-time if a field placement is not available. 

*NOTE* It may take 24 hours for your UM ID to be processed in the system before it will allow you to complete a field application. 

  • If you are awaiting approval for financial aid, you must still complete your application by the due date! Late applicants are not guaranteed placement and may need to change their enrollment status to part-time.
  • To complete the Field Application, go to the  Current Student Page and use your UM ID and password to log into your Electronic Field Notebook (EFN.) Bookmark this page - you will be returning to this page throughout the year to complete all of your Field assignments.

We wish you every success as you begin your professional training.

Please view our updated Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information.

Please contact us with any questions you may have. You may call or email the Office of Field Education to schedule an appointment with a Field Coordinator to discuss your field opportunities at (410) 706-7187 or fieldeducation@ssw.umaryland.edu.

Spring Admits and Part-time Foundation Students

Congratulations on being accepted the to the University of Maryland School of Social Work.   As a spring admit you are required to complete a Field application for the fall 2021-2022 academic year.  Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available on December 7, 2020.  Students enrolled in foundation field will be required to complete Field Seminar for the entire academic year.   The deadline to submit applications will be February 1st for spring admits and current part-time foundation students only.   

Please note that if you are entering a foundation field placement in the fall you will be required to participate in field seminar as a part of your field requirement.  

Experiential Learning Plan

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 navigatie 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 dearling@ssw.umaryland.edu.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the office at fieldeducation@ssw.umaryland.edu

Student Resources

*** Do not forget to check the Course Materials tab on the Field Course in Blackboard to see more relevant material ***

UPDATED! Frequently Asked Questions about Field 

UMB Wellness Hub  

NASW CODE OF ETHICS

Field at a Glance 2020

If you have any questions, please contact us at fieldeducation@ssw.umaryland.edu or call us at 410-706-7187.

Field Orientations

If you are new to field at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (Foundation, Advanced Standing*, Transfer Student, Part-Time Student who will be full time entering Field), you are required to attend a Field Orientation prior to the beginning of the fall semester. 

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 are were required to attend for one day during the week of August 17.   Click here to access short videos.  In the event that you were unable to attend orientation last week please email the office at fieldeducation@ssw.umaryland.edu and you will receive information on make-up sessions.  

Part I Student Orientation Videos

Below are the handouts and videos that students are reuired to view before attending the live orientation scheduled for the week of August 17 - 21.  If you have not already registered please click here.  Once you have viewed all of the videos below you will download the certificate of completion and save it to your computer and then upload into the Electronic Field Notebook.  Please note that you will mot have access to your Electronic Field Notebook unless you have complete the following: 

  1. HIPPA Training 
  2. Blood Borne Pathogens Training 
  3. Code of Conduct

 Orientation Videos: 

 

FOUNDATION STUDENTS:
If your last name starts with A-L, you will be in field Monday/Wednesday

If your last name starts with M-Z, you will be in field Tuesday/Thursday

Title IV-E students will be in field Tuesday/Thursday