Welcome field instructors and agencies! We appreciate your dedication to helping the UA School of Social work maintain our commitment to excellence in field education.

Agency Partners

Every year, the School of Social Work partners with more than 300 social service agencies nationally for student field placements. Our agencies provide students with learning experiences that enable them to develop and integrate social work knowledge into their field practice. We ensure all agencies that we partner with meet the requirements and standards of the Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting body of the School’s BSW and MSW programs. Additionally, our students are only assigned to agencies that have been thoroughly vetted by the Field Program.

Become a Field Instructor

The School of Social Work invites you to become a field instructor. In this rewarding role, you can give back to the social work profession by supervising students and assisting them to integrate what they learn in the curriculum and in the field placement community.

The Field Education Program has partnerships with several hundred human service agencies, which provide students with learning experiences that enable development and integration of knowledge applied to practice. Field instructors are designated by their employing agency and must meet criteria mandated by CSWE for persons serving accredited schools of social work in this capacity. They are their agency’s representatives to the University.

Our field instructors provide on-site supervision, advisement, and instruction to students in the field practicum, thus promoting the development of social work skills and abilities as well as the incorporation of social work values and ethics. They do not receive monetary reimbursement for their services in this capacity. Most professional social work practitioners consider field education at any level as a service to the profession in that they ensure the continuance of skilled and knowledgeable social work professionals.

Persons serving as field instructors must meet the following criteria which are mandated by the Council on Social Work Education:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited school of social work and hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work;
  • Must have two years of post-master’s professional experience.

In addition, The University of Alabama School of Social Work has the following requirements for people serving as MSW field instructors:

  • Be prepared to offer adequate time within the normal duty periods for providing instruction for social work students
  • Attend Field Instructor Workshops. The school provides opportunities to complete these workshops on campus or on-line.

We recognize that field instructors play a pivotal role in exposing students in the School of Social Work to real-world social work practice. We are always interested in working with social work professionals who share our dedication to helping our students succeed and transition from student to successful social work professionals.

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Field Instructor/Agency Resources

Field Instructor Workshops

The School of Social Work recognizes how vital field instructors — social workers who volunteer their time — are to our programs and to ensuring our students are well prepared for the workforce. Every year, the School of Social Work hosts its annual Field Instructor Workshop to honor field instructors’ dedication and commitment to helping lead, guide and mentor our students.

2019 Field Instructor Workshop Registration Open

The School of Social Work’s Field Instructor Workshop is a free event that offers training and updates on field related curriculum for field instructors. The next 2019 Field Instructor Workshop will be held July 19, 2019, at the Bryant Conference Center. For additional information, contact Field Education Specialist Donna McCall at dlmccall@ua.edu or 205-348-5544. Get driving directions.

Field Instructor Workshop Registration

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