Field Instruction

Field instruction is an integral part of the Master of Social Work (MSW) curriculum: students acquire experience and develop competence that will help them attain their personal and professional goals within a framework of social work values and ethics.

Through close working relationships with a broad range of agencies within a 100-mile radius of Binghamton University, the Department of Social Work demonstrates its commitment to the community, by dedicating service to disadvantaged populations. The MSW program helps to define and meet the needs of individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities, while providing students with opportunities to explore interests and develop skills. 

Field instruction begins with the development of a professional foundation of social work theory and practice, then continues with advanced generalist training. In both levels, students complete 510 hours in the field, in field placements coordinated by the field education staff. They earn eight academic credits for field instruction for 15 field hours per week for 34 weeks over two semesters at an agency, for a total of 16 academic credits and 1020 field hours in two agencies over the course of the MSW program. Students are expected to fulfill their field hours on two weekdays, during regular field agency hours, under the supervision of a licensed MSW-level field instructor. Both full-time and part-time students are expected to adjust their schedules to meet the field hour requirement. 

Field Instruction Files


Tools Used in Field Instruction

For Foundation-Year MSW Students and Field Instructors

For Concentration-Year MSW Students and Field Instructors

For Field Agencies and Field Instructors

Last Updated: 9/30/15