Undergraduate (BA/BASW) Field Education Information & Forms  
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Field Education Information

Is it time for you to prepare to begin your field education experience? Congratulations! The below 4 steps will ensure that your process is easy and efficient. Be aware of your enrolled program and note some differences in each program.

      STEP #1

  • Contact your Academic Advisor at your enrolled site (Akron campus, Lakewood campus, or Wayne college) in order to complete and sign your Undergraduate Student Academic Field Eligibility Form
  • Akron campus: This document requires electronic submission or in person to the field office prior to attending your Part I field orientation. 
    Lakewood campus & Wayne College: Follow the procedures outlined by your site.

  • Important to check with your Academic Advisor:
    • 2.75 grade point average in social work courses;
    • 2.75 overall grade point;
    • Senior status with 90 credits completed (of 120 credits hour required for graduation);
    • No unresolved incompletes on academic record; and

    • Completed Practice I, Skills Lab, and Practice II courses before starting field education experience

  • Undergraduate field education occurs in the final, two consecutive semesters of social work students' academic journey. 

    STEP #2

  • Akron campus: Electronically register to attend both Part 1 & Part 2  field orientations (see below). No student will be allowed to begin their field education experience without attending both parts of the field orientation. Make-ups are not scheduled: Please rearrange your schedule to attend.
  • Lakewood campus & Wayne college: Register in person with your field contact person.

    STEP #3

  • Send your completed Application for Field. Application should be  electronically sent to fieldsocialwork@uakron.edu with the semester and year you anticipate beginning your field experience (e.g. Fall 2018).

    STEP #4

  • Arrive early or on-time for field orientations. Immediately log-on with user id and password to university-owned computers or your assigned laptop in the assigned room| computer lab for your enrolled program.
  • Orientations support blended learning: self-directed learning & instructor-led. 


  • Unable to attend the scheduled orientation sessions! Immediately contact your Academic Advisor and identify a different semester for you to begin field. No exceptions will be made.
  • Excited and ready to start calling agencies? Stop! Please do not contact any field agencies prior to attending Part 1 Field Orientation.  Let us get you prepared first.  We do encourage you to take a look at the 200+ agencies, in 18 counties, and covering 16 practice areas in our web-based Agency Roster.
  • Background Checks/Fingerprinting
    Increasingly, agencies/organizations are requesting background checks: A BCI (state) and/or FBI (national) criminal record checks. On-campus fingerprinting and background checks are available-The University of Akron Police Department/Campus Police under $60 for both BCI & FBI.

  • Immunizations/Tuberculin Skin testing
    Health Services provide General Primary Health Care including:
    Evaluation and treatment of uncomplicated illness and injury
    Immunizations / Tuberculin skin testing
    Academically required physical examinations
    Referral assistance for health concerns beyond the scope of the department

  • Professional Liability Insurance
    Social Work students can purchase Professional Liability Insurance through the University for $20 per academic year. Hand deliver, Inter-office mail, or place in the mailbox of the Field Coordinator Becky Thomas, a check made out to The University of Akron.
    Upon receipt and processing of your check, social work students will receive both an electronic version and a hard copy of a Certificate of Liability Insurance (Each claim- 1,000,000 & Aggregate - 3,000,000)

Field Education Forms