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Field Education

The field education component of Long Island University’s Social Work program reflects and complies with the M.S.W. program’s goal and mission to prepare students with the capacity to successful meet foundation and advanced program objectives. The prime objective of the field program is to prepare students for integrated generalist practice with a broad range of client systems, while still acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to work with people as individuals, as family and group members, and as part of large community and organizational systems. The first year of the M.S.W. program provides students with opportunities to develop their foundation skills in social work and gain generalist practice experience. Generalist practice is the application of an eclectic knowledge base, professional values, and a wide range of skills to target and change any size system. Generalist social workers develop skills in: engaging in interpersonal helping; managing change processes; utilizing multi-level intervention modes; intervening in multi-sized system; assessing and examining one’s own practice; and functioning within a social agency [see Schatz, Jenkins, and Sheafor, 1990, “Milford redefined: A model of initial and advanced generalist social work.” Journal of Social Work Education, 26(3), 263-291.]

The 2nd year M.S.W. student is expected to continue to refine foundation or generalist skills and to acquire knowledge and practice skills in their selected specialization. Second year students are also expected to complete an integrative capstone project (to be determined) based upon work undertaken in the field.

Initial and Continuing Eligibility for Fieldwork

Only students who are candidates for the master’s degree in social work are admitted to the field practicum. Student are subject to an admission interview and field interview in the semester prior to commencing field work in order to establish initial eligibility and appropriateness for field work. Student must maintain a B or better GPA in order to continue in the program. Students are given one semester to bring up their grade point average to the minimum acceptable level (B or 3.0) except in cases where individuals are granted admission to the program with probationary status. Students entering the program with less than 2.8 undergraduate GPA must achieve at least a 3.0 GPA in the first semester of the first year in order to maintain their matriculation. Students who fail field will be terminated from the program, regardless or their overall grade point average.

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