West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
All regular full-time, 2nd year part-time, and Advanced Standing students applying for their first field assignment must complete a Field Practicum Application which is reviewed by the Director of Field Education along with the student's personal statement (part of application to the program), and resume which is used also to introduce the student to a potential field placement.
In a collaborative process with the student, the Director of Field discusses possible placements appropriate for the student, taking into account the student's:
The Director of Field meets with each student individually to become acquainted with the student and to explore field placement possibilities. Students are asked to be flexible and open to a variety of learning opportunities. Evening and weekend-only placements are not available. Students are required to have some week-day hours to attend their field placement to participate in learning activities that are only available during the day such as case consultations, staff meetings, and professional training.
Students who have satisfactorily completed their Foundation/1st field practicum are required to update their field application in the early spring, before meeting with the Director of Field to guide the selection of a Concentration/2nd field placement. They also are required to renew their liability insurance. All Foundation and Concentration field students must fulfill any additional requirements unique and specific to the site where they are placed.
An employment-based field practicum that enables the student to continue working while completing the MSW program must ensure the role of the student as a learner and must provide assignments, learning opportunities, and MSW field education supervision that meet the requirements for Foundation/1st or Concentration/2nd field. Field Instruction and assignments must be different and separate from the student's employment responsibilities and supervision. Procedures for requesting an employment-based field practicum are as follows:
An "extended field practicum," in which the student completes fewer hours per week (no less than 12) over a longer period of time, may be requested by part-time or full-time students whose work and/or life situation requires accommodations for them to complete the practicum course requirements of 224 hours per semester for Foundation, and 280 hours per semester for Concentration field students. The student completes required hours through a combination of attending field during breaks, completing hours beyond the semester and beginning field hours prior to the start of the semester in some cases.
Students who would like to be considered this type of practicum must request extended hours in their field application and in their meeting with the Director of Field. Students must understand that not all field placements will accept students who require reduced weekly hours. Once a potential field placement is identified, the student must develop a written proposal that includes: