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Field Education Requirement

BSW Field Education Manual 2015 - 2016 Updated 8/4/2015

Field education is an essential component of the BSW Program. It is where theories and concepts are integrated with actual social work practice. Field education at FGCU is guided by standards set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the MSW Program’s Mission.

BSW students complete 500 hours of field education during their senior year of study. Through an application process, students are assigned an appropriate field placement in which they can demonstrate competency as entry level social workers. When the BSW student is in her/his junior year s/he meets, by appointment, with the Field Education Coordinator to review the field application and make decisions about their field placement. The final assignment is made by the Field Coordinator in consultation with the student.

See Field Education Forms on the menu tab for the field application form and other relevant material.

Students are placed in a variety of community-based social service organizations which serve the seven-county Florida Gulf Coast University area (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, Sarasota, and Highlands).

Any questions regarding BSW Field Education should be directed to Professor Lori Carroll at or 239-590-7726.