Field education information for students
Welcome to your practicum experience!
One of the most important parts of your education to become a professional social worker is your field education, or practicum experience. Under the supervision of experienced, registered social workers you'll have the opportunity to integrate your class room experience in the real world and get a feel for different types of social work practice. Every student will complete at least one practicum in their degree.
Take the time to read the Field Education Manual and especially the Course Book that relates to your specific practicum course/courses. The Course Book is the working document all students use while completing any field education course in our program.
SOWK 410 - Introductory Practicum
The Introductory Practicum is required of students in the University Transfer Route, not of students in the Post-Diploma route. SOWK 411, Integrative Seminar, is co-requisite with the practicum.
The purpose of initial practicum in the BSW is to provide students with an introduction to professional social work practice in a specific setting. The student's time at practicum is spent according to the particular requirements of the setting and learning needs of the student, and includes direct and indirect social work practice opportunities.
Note: Students with extensive social work experience may be eligible to receive credit by special assessment for the Introductory Practicum. Details regarding this possibility are included in the BSW Field Education Manual.
SOWK 412 - Senior Practicum
The Senior Practicum is required of all students in the BSW program. SOWK 413, Integrative Seminar, is co-requisite with the practicum.
The purpose of the second practicum in the BSW is to provide students with an intensive experience in the delivery of professional social work practice in a specific setting.
SOWK 633 - Foundational Field Practicum
The Foundational Field Practicum (426 hours) is normally required of students with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work. The purpose of the foundational practicum is to provide students with opportunities to develop, integrate, and reinforce social work competence through supervised practice in an agency setting.
The foundational practicum course requires students to complete 426 placement hours. Students in the Edmonton program typically complete the practicum in the winter semester of their second year in the program.
Note: Students with extensive social work experience may be eligible to receive credit by special assessment for the Foundational Practicum. Details regarding this possibility are included in the MSW Field Education Manual.
SOWK 660 - Advanced Practicum
The Advanced Practicum is required of all students in the MSW program. The purpose of the course is to develop students' existing social work knowledge and skills to a specialized level. The practicum promotes integration of the theory and skills students learn in the classroom with their professional practice and social work identity.
The Advanced Practicum course requires students to complete 500 or more placement hours.