Become a field instructor

Find out more about the benefits of supervising a practicum student.

Welcome!

Field instruction is the heart of social work education – and we can't do it without you! 

Becoming a field instructor offers personal and professional benefits, including the contributions that students offer your organization. You'll have the opportunity to shape someone's life and career, while giving back to the profession by providing your wisdom and professional guidance. Field instructors need to be Registered Social Workers with two or more years of experience. You must also have either a BSW or an MSW. 

Benefits of becoming a field instructor

20 Credits

For starters, field instructors are eligible for 20 Category ‘A’ ACSW continuing competency credits.

"Hello professor"

You'll be able to put the title Adjunct Professor (Field Education) on your resume, reflecting the fact that you are a partner in our student's education. 

Research just got easier

Field instructors are given access to the University of Calgary online journals and library. 

Discounts

As a token of our appreciation, we're also happy to offer discounts for some of our Category A professional development workshops

Smiling woman working on a lap top, University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work Field Education

What's required to be field instructor?

Field instructors need to be Registered Social Workers with two or more years of experience.

You must also have either a BSW or an MSW.

What do field instructors do?

The role of a field instructor includes:


Teach

Drawing on your professional experience and knowledge, you'll provide guidance and feedback and teach students to integrate social work knowledge, skills and values into social work practice. You're expected to provide the student a minimum of one hour of supervision for every 15 placement hours.

Ensure Quality

Besides teaching, you'll also ensure that your student is providing quality service to your organization. 

 

Evaluate

As the field instructor, you'll play an important part in evaluating student's performance and progress.

Administer

You'll make sure that proper administration is done to document the placement and to track the student's progress.