Clear answers for common questions.

  • How many field placement hours are needed to receive a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)?

    • The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) establishes the minimum standard for the number of hours required to complete the B.S.W. and M.S.W.. Adelphi meets or exceeds these requirements as follows:

      Junior Year B.S.W. Student

      200 hours

      Senior Year B.S.W. Student

      400 hours

      Traditional M.S.W. student (full time or part time)

      1200 hours

      Spring Start

      1200 hours

      One–Year Residence (O.Y.R.)

      900 hours

      Advanced Standing

      600 hours

  • Do I find my own placement?

    • No. The field education office at the School of Social Work is responsible for assigning you to a field placement. Our field education program has long-standing relationships with social work agencies and is responsible for developing all placement sites. We maintain regular contact with field agencies regarding student placements. If you want to be placed at a specific agency, submit your request in writing to the field education office in Garden City or at one of the off-campus centers. We’ll contact the agency to explore the feasibility of developing this placement.

  • Can I be paid for my field placement?

    • No, however, there are a few competitive stipend internships available to second-year M.S.W. students. Students who are employed in a human service setting may be eligible for employment-based field placement.

  • Do I need a new placement each year?

    • Yes. Foundation-level internships offer opportunities for developing generalist social work practice skills. Second-year placements focus on the development of advanced clinical skills and skills for the advanced direct practice with individuals, couples, families and small groups.

  • What can I do to prepare myself for a field placement?

    • The best way to prepare is to attend the mandatory field education orientation. This orientation will provide you with the information you need to begin your field placement.
  • Can I begin my placement in the summer?

    • No. The program is based on a concurrent curriculum model, where students take field instruction along with required courses in social work practice.

  • Can I interview at several agencies before selecting my placement?

    • No. The field education office will work with you to arrange an interview for a field placement at an agency that meets your learning needs. If the interview goes well and you and the agency agree that the placement is an appropriate fit, it will be confirmed. If either party has reservations, another interview will be arranged.
  • Do I need a criminal background check?

    • Yes. For many placements, a criminal background check is required. Fingerprinting, a physical and PPD (tuberculosis test) or other health requirements may be required. When possible, you will be notified about these requirements in advance. You’re responsible for paying any fees that agencies do not cover.
  • What if I am sick and miss several days of field?

    • Any missed hours must be made up.
  • Can I do a placement where I work?

    • This type of placement is called an employment-based field placement and must be approved by the field education office. Approval of an employment-based field placement application  depends on timely submission of the application and the integrity of the proposed field assignment. You must be employed for a minimum of six months in advance in order to be considered for employment-based field placement. 
  • Do field placement hours count toward clinical licensure?

    • No. Hours that count toward licensure must be completed after receiving your M.S.W.
  • Is field instruction a graded course?

    • Yes. You’ll receive a grade of pass, incomplete or fail.
  • How far will I have to travel for my field placement?

    • You’re expected to allow approximately 45 minutes of travel time to and from your field placement site. Every effort will be made to plan a reasonable commute.
  • Are there any evening or weekend placements available?

    • Yes, but evening and/or weekend placements are very limited. Many agencies are either closed or do not have available supervision or suitable assignments during these hours. Typical placement days are Monday–Friday and take place during standard business hours.

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