Field Experience & Practicum

Field Experience

Field experience (SOCW350) is designed to prepare the students as general practitioners in a human service agency. Successful completion of this course is a pre-requisite to formal admission to the Social Work Program. Students are expected to have meaningful, hands-on experiences working directly with individuals, groups, and staff in the agency placement.

Field experience is completed over a 16 week semester, with the student in placement for 8 hours per week for fifteen weeks. Field Experience is offered in the summer and can be taken during a five week period during a summer session working 20 hours a week at a field site. For more detailed information, please refer to our field experience manual.

Field Experience Manual 2017-2018 (PDF)


Practicum (SOCW475) is an integral component of the curriculum in social work education. This course engages the student in supervised social work practice and provides opportunities to apply classroom learning in the field setting. The student works as an entry level social worker. The faculty advisor and the field instructor consult with the student to help in the decision making process.

There are over 160 community agencies and human service organizations available for field experience and practicum. They are located in the areas of Winona, La Crosse, Rochester, Minneapolis, St. Paul and more.

The Practicum Manual (PDF) includes the detailed information about practicum policies and guidelines, NASW Code of Ethics, practicum forms, and application package.

Practicum Orientation for Field Instructors 2015