College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Field Instruction

Undergraduate Social Work Student Field Orientation Sessions

Q: What is a Field Orientation Session?

A:  This is where you learn about what is required prior to and during your social work field experience/internship.

Q:  Who has to attend a Field Orientation Session?

A:  This is required for all undergraduate social work students prior to doing the field experience/internship in the senior year of your program.

Q:  When do I attend a Field Orientation Session?

A:  You can attend a field orientation session anytime it is offered. You must attend a session at least one semester before you complete your field experience/internship. Once you attend, you do not have to attend another one.

Q:  When are Field Orientation Sessions offered?

A:  Each Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Q:  When is the next Field Orientation Session?

A:  Monday, August 30, 2021 from 9-11 a.m. Sabin 102 OR Tuesday, August 31, 2021 8-10 a.m. Sabin 102 OR Wednesday, September 1, 2021 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ZOOM. 

Q: How do I enroll in the Field Orientation Session?

A:  RSVP Jenny Becker at or (319) 273-7881 AND tell her what semester & year you plan to complete your internship (i.e. Summer 2022).  For zoom session, a link will be sent out closer to the session.

Required BA Social Work Field Hours: 

11 credit-hours translate into 440 clock-hours. (minimum requirement, Spring, Summer or Fall semester)
12 credit-hours translate into 480 clock-hours. (Spring, Summer or Fall semester)
13 credit-hours translates into 520 clock-hours. (Spring or Fall)
14 credit-hours translates into 560 clock-hours. (Spring or Fall)
15 credit-hours translates into 600 clock-hours. (Spring or Fall)

NOTE: 400 hour minimum Accreditation Standard 2.2.5

Field Placement Options:

Note:The field program does not grant social work course credit or field hours for life experience or previous social work related experience. The field hours can only be completed through the field instruction course. (Accreditation Standard 3.1.5)

Undergraduate Field Instruction Materials:

Graduate Field Instruction Materials:

MSW Foundation Program

Field Manual

Orientation Powerpoints

MSW Foundation Agency Contract (Distance Education & On Campus)

Learning Plan Template

Learning Plan Student Example

MSW Specialization Program

Field Manual

Orientation Powerpoints

MSW Specialization Contract (Distance Education & On Campus)

Learning Plan Template

Learning Plan Guide with Examples


Other Graduate Forms and Resources: 

Agency Instructor Tools:


 Agency Instructor Orientation (July 2018 Version)

*Required modules include Module 1, Module 2, Field Experience Module specific to your student, Module 6, Module 7 (approx 48 minutes total)


LISW Clinical Social Work Supervision Resources and Tools



Field Education Committee Minutes:  10-8-2021




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