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Social Work: Field Education and Careers

Field Education

The purpose of field instruction is to help you integrate the theory and knowledge base of social work learned in the classroom with the practical experience gained through work in social welfare settings. 

Prerequisites are: senior standing (minimum 90 credits); unconditional social work degree candidacy; SOW 302 Social Work Practice with Individuals; SOW 303 Human Sexuality and Society; SOW 304 Social Work Practice with Families; SOW 308 Diversity in a Changing World; SOW 315 Human Growth and Behavior: Birth to Young Adult; SOW 316 Human Growth and Behavior: Young Adult to Late Life; SOW 345 Social Work Practice with Groups; SOW 360 Social Welfare Philosophy, Policy Analysis and Social Delivery; and SOW 405 Social Work Research Methods.

SOW 349 Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities and SOW 370 Policy Practice in Social Work must be completed or taken concurrently.

You'll be working in a social agency or organization in the community under an experienced social work supervisor in cooperation with a member of Cal U's social work faculty.  Placement procedures are usually initiated during the semester preceding the beginning of the field placement.  Download our Field Manual (.pdf) to learn more.

In the field placement you will spend a minimum of 32 hours per week (four days a week, eight hours a day) for one term (480 hours) in a social agency or organization in the community in which social welfare services are rendered.  The practicum serves as a means of immediate, concentrated, direct introduction to the career field.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the social work program, you are eligible for membership in the National Association of Social Workers and for advanced standing in many accredited graduate social work programs.  The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree provides career opportunities in a variety of human service settings, including government agencies; mental and/or behavioral health care facilities; hospitals and outpatient health care agencies, schools; drug and alcohol programs; prisons and other legal settings; family service agencies; etc.  Social workers provide direct or indirect services on behalf of individuals, families, groups and communities.

Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience.  With the help of Career Services, we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs and organizational visits. 

Where Our Graduates Are Working

  • ACRP
  • Alliance Medical Services
  • Beginnings
  • Bedford Somerset Mental Health Mental Retardation
  • Cambria County Children and Youth Services
  • Catholic Charities
  • Children and Family First
  • Children and Youth Systems
  • Children Youth and Family
  • Children Youth Services Greene County
  • Communities in Schools
  • Community Action Southwest
  • CVC
  • Footsteps Psychological Services
  • Fulton County
  • Lee Regional Hospice
  • Milton Diagnostic Treatment Center
  • Mon Valley Hospital
  • Monsour Medical Center
  • Mt. Macrina Manor
  • Nolton Diagnostic
  • Northwestern Human Services
  • Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
  • Sharp Visions Inc.
  • Somerset County Domestics Relations
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services Inc.
  • The Bradley Center
  • Twin Lakes Center for Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
  • Washington County CYS
  • Washington Women's Shelter
  • Westmoreland County
  • Youth Advocate Programs