MSW Field Education Information and Forms

Upcoming Field Orientation Scheduled
Who should attend:
Foundation students moving into Concentration Year- Fall 2016
[Full-time students entering their second year and Part-time students entering their fourth year]
Friday, March 4, 2016, 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., Polsky Building, Room 497
Why: Preparation for final field placement-specializations
Optional or Required: Required
Contact person:  Becky Thomas  330-972-5682

ALERT:  Foundations students interested in VA  for Concentration Year Placement
Read entire VA Application Packet [including FAQ]
Step #2: Complete Application, Statement of Interest, & Create a resume
Step #3:
Electronically submit completed Application, Statement of Interest, and your Resume 
Step #4: Electronically submit all documents to Professor Becky Thomas no later than Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m.  (Note:  Professor Thomas will submit all UA student documents by February 12th to the VA) No documents should be sent directly to VA.

Students preparing to enter Field Education

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Field Application Process, Schedule, and Forms


  • Agency Roster - New Web-based Roster
    Welcome social work students to an extensive listing of potential field placements available for both undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Search by Agency Name,  Program type, County, Practice Areas, & Agency Availability (coming soon)
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  • Identified an agency that is not on this list? no problem Check to ensure that there is a master 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.

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 & Treatment of uncomplicated illness & injury;
    Immunizations/Tuberculin skin testing; Academically required physical examinations; and
    Referral assistance for health concerns beyond the scope of this 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. 

  • Social Work Trainee License
    Applying for a Social Worker Trainee License?* - free trainee license available for each academic year while active in your field placement.* 
    Upon completion of application, contact Naomi White, your field coordinator regarding your application for trainee license in order  for her to send an email to the CSWMFT Board verifying your educational and placement status with the School of Social Work. 
    *A BCI (state) & FBI (national) criminal records check will be required to obtain your Trainee License - cost  ~$60. for both. 
    On-campus fingerprinting and background checks available-The University of Akron Police Department/Campus Police 

Interview Preparation & Acknowledgement

Field Education Manual/Field Syllabi

Students currently in their Field Placement/Practicum

Documentation of Field Hours

Student Integrative Learning Contract Forms

Student Field Evaluation Forms

MSW Licensure Exam Prep Information

Professional Credentials & Exam Types

Required Criminal Background Check - a BCI (state) and/or FBI (national) criminal record checks are available on UA campus -fingerprinting and background checks available-The University of Akron Police Department/Campus Police  under $60. for both BCI & FBI.


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