The BSW Curriculum includes a capstone Field Instruction experience which places a qualified candidate into a social service agency for a supervised learning experience. The social work major who has met the following minimum qualifications is eligible to apply for entry into field instruction. In addition to the following minimum qualifications, students must have demonstrated values, knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with the Social Work Code of Ethics and be approved by the faculty for entry.
Students must meet all prerequisites prior to entry into Field Instruction and to be eligible for the BSW degree from The University of West Florida.
The student must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of social work required courses with a grade of "C" or better, have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better, and have a GPA of 2.5 in the major.
Students must have been formally admitted to the Field Instruction prior to the thirteenth week of the semester preceding entry into Field Instruction.
Field Instruction consists of two companion courses. SOW4510 Field Instruction, represents 9 semester hours of learning in which the student enters into actual Field practice, under supervision, for a minimum of 400 hours in a social agency setting. The student continues in the classroom by taking the corequisite class SOW4522 Senior Seminar, which provides the opportunity to learn to apply theory and conceptualize experiences in the Field.
The Social Work faculty recognizes a significant responsibility to the community, the social work profession, and the student in approving any individual for placement in a field instruction experience. The requirements outlined above are considered minimum qualifications. The faculty reserves the right to exercise discretionary judgment regarding the student's professional values, ethics, orientation to the profession, and appropriate level of skill for a beginning professional. Application for field placement is contingent upon faculty review and consensus related to the student's readiness to assume the responsibilities inherent in the field instruction experience. No student who has twice attempted and failed in a field instruction placement (in SOW 3503 and/or SOW 4510) will be considered for a third placement, unless it can be demonstrated that a significant maturation or remediation of the deficiency has occurred.