BA/BASW Field Education Information and Forms - Akron campus| Lakewood campus|Wayne college

Field Orientation Process

  • 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 & 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 & sign your Undergraduate Student Academic Field Eligibility Form .  
    Akron campus students -This document requires electronic submission or in person to the field office prior to attending your Part I field orientation.
    Lakewood & Wayne College students - follow the procedures outlined by your site.

  • 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
    All students- Electronically send  your completed Application for Field. Application should be sent to with the semester and year you anticipate beginning your field experience (i.e. Summer 2016 or Fall 2016)

  • 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.
    Life Happens!
  • 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.

 Note three (3) schedules to reflect three sites:  Akron campus, Lakewood campus, & Wayne College | Take a moment & locate your site |

UA  Akron Campus Students Only Field Orientation Schedule

Social Work Computer Lab, Room 411
Two sessions: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. or 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.  or 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. sessions are scheduled for both Part I and Part II.  

On-line registration only- Select date, open electronic registration, select time frames, and submit. Registration closes based on the number of accessible computers in the social work lab.
Field Orientation Information at a Glance

Spring Semester Orientation for Summer or Fall 2016 Field Education Experience - Part I  
Friday, February 26, 2016
Online Registration Only

Spring Semester Orientation for Summer or Fall 2016 Field Education Experience
- Part II
Friday, April 8, 2016
Online Registration Only

UA Lakewood Campus Students Only Field Orientation Schedule
Students entering their field education experience - Summer 2016
Contact Professor Janice Steinmetz | 216-221-1141

  • Part I   - Thursday, February 25, 2016 | During class
  • Part II - Thursday, March 31, 2016  | During class

UA Wayne College Students Only Field Orientation Schedule
Students entering their field education experience - Fall 2016
Contact Professor Lisa Crites | 330-972-8707

  • Part I - Wednesday, February 24, 2016 |  4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. | The Main Classroom Building | Room A133, Computer Lab
  • Part II- Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. | The Main Classroom Building  Room A133, Computer Lab

Helpful tip to edit field documents using Word - Once word document is open, go to the top of the page and select View- then click on Edit.  Your word document is ready for you to insert your specific student information.         



  • Agency Roster - NEW Web-based roster
    Welcome social work students to an extensive listing of potential field practicums available for both undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Search by Agency Name, Program Type, County, Agency Practice Area, Agency Availability (coming soon)
  • User-friendliness and relevance are our priority with this document.  Your feedback is essential. Let us know if we met our mark to:
  • Identified an agency that is not on this list? No problem.
    Check to ensure that there is a bachelor level social worker available to be your field instructor, this same social worker is employed by the organization for a minimum of one year and graduated, a minimum of two years from an accredited university.

Interview Preparation & Acknowledgment

Field Supports

  • 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 $20.00 per academic year.  Hand deliver, Inter-office mail, or place in the mailbox of the Field Coordinator Naomi White, 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.).
    Beginning Spring 2014, the School of Social Work will encourage all students to purchase liability insurance. 

Field Education Manual/Field Syllabi


Student Integrative Learning Contract Forms

Documentation of Time in your Field Placement/Practicum

Student Field Evaluation Forms

 Field Education Seminar Course Journal Outlines

Social Work Licensing Information


Complete these web-based forms at the end of each semester. No hard copies required.