Field Education: MSW

What is field education? 

The purpose of field education is for students to build on existing knowledge and practice skills under the supervision of experienced social workers who demonstrate a commitment to social justice, anti-racist and anti-oppressive social work practice. Field education placements enable students to gain field experience in the social work community. These are learning opportunities for students to develop the skills necessary for a Masters of Social Work degree. Placements are completed in a wide range of community and government agencies and can usually be done in your home community. Normally, students complete a practicum in a single semester. We do, however, offer a two semester option from September to April only.

Field education placements at the MSW level are 450 hours. In order to provide continuity of experience for students, agency personnel and service users, we require students to be available for a minimum of 14 hours per week during the regular working hours of the agency supervisor. However, preference is given to students who are available for full-time daytime hours. The availability of field education placements differs depending on the student’s geographical location, access to qualified supervisors and time of year.

Students must review the course planning information on pre-requisites and requirements for entry into field education. Students can choose the semester that they wish to complete their placement in; students are responsible for ensuring that they have finished their prerequisite courses prior to beginning their placements.

* Prerequisites, for your year of entry to the program, are listed in the UVic Academic Calendar.

MSWA:


MSW Advanced students taking the course-based option are required to complete SOCW 506 (4.5 unit placement is 450 hours). Students should review the course planning information on pre-requisites and requirements for placement entry prior to applying.

Field Education Application Deadlines


September Placements:
 Application Deadline is March 1st

January Placements:
 Application Deadline is July 1st

May Placements:
 Application Deadline is November 1st

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted


Steps for Applying for Field Education Placements

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks.
    Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a placement in BC.
  2. Review the MSW Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume to   

After Application Process

  1. Auto generated email with more information will be sent to you at the email you listed in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a Field Education Coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you
    1. In general you will receive an email about 2 months after the application deadline with information from your Field Education Coordinator about the process for successfully securing a placement for learning.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest, the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register. 

Contact Information

For field education inquiries please contact our Field Education Assistant, swfield@uvic.ca

MSWI:


MSW Indigenous Specialization students in the course-based option are required to complete SOCW 506A (4.5 unit field placement is 450 hours). Students should review the course planning information on pre-requisites and requirements for placement entry prior to applying.

Field Education Application Deadlines


September Placements:
 Application Deadline is March 1st

January Placements:
 Application Deadline is July 1st

May Placements:
 Application Deadline is November 1st

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted


Steps for Applying for Field Education Placements

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks.
    Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the MSW Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume to swfield@uvic.ca  

After Application Process

  1. Auto generated email with more information will be sent to you at the email you listed in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed a Field Education Coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you
    1. In general you will receive an email about 2 months after the application deadline with information from your Field Education Coordinator about process for successfully securing a placement for learning.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest, the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register. 

Contact Information

For field education inquiries please contact our Field Education Assistant, swfield@uvic.ca

MSW Foundation:


MSW Foundation students are required to complete SOCW 540 (4.5 unit field placement - 450 hours) as part of the required 16.5 Foundation units. Students should review the course planning information on pre-requisites and requirements for placement entry prior to applying.

Application Deadlines


May Placements:
 Application Deadline is November 1st

* MSWF program only offers May placements. Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted. 


Steps for Applying for Field Education Placements

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks.
    Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the MSW Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume to swfield@uvic.ca  

After Application Process

  1. Auto generated email with more information will be sent to you at the email you listed in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed a Field Education Coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you
    1. In general you will receive an email about 2 months after the application deadline with information from your Field Education Coordinator about process for successfully securing a placement for learning.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest, the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register. 

Contact Information

For field education enquiries please contact our Field Education Assistant, swfield@uvic.ca

International Placements:


MSW students are permitted to complete international placements to satisfy their program’s field education requirement(s). Students should review the course planning information on pre-requisites and requirements for placement entry prior to applying.

Application deadlines

The School of Social Work requires MSW students to submit applications for practicum 12 months in advance.

September Placements: Application deadline is September 1st

January Placements: Application deadline is January 1st

May Placements: Application deadline is May 1st

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted

Note: As we are an English speaking university, the field education supervisor must be able to read, write, and speak in English.

Steps for Applying for Field Education Placements

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks.
    Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the MSW Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume to swfield@uvic.ca  

After Application Process

  1. Auto generated email with more information will be sent to you at the email you listed in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed a Field Education Coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you
    1. In general you will receive an email about 2 months after the application deadline with information from your Field Education Coordinator about process for successfully securing a placement for learning.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest, the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register. 

Contact Information

For field education enquiries please contact our Field Education Assistant, swfield@uvic.ca