Stephen F. Austin State University

Field Instruction

From the Field Director

Preparing students to become social work practitioners is the primary goal of social work education. Field education (which consists of the integration of classroom content and agency practice opportunities) is the central form of instruction that ensures that students are able to demonstrate required competencies and practice behaviors that are unique to the profession of Social Work. Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work is able to accomplish the goal of graduating competent Social Work practitioners through the combined efforts of capable professors and qualified Field Instructors who volunteer their time to provide practice experiences for our students. Students who leave our program to practice Social Work are well prepared to meet the social needs of a diverse population at a local, national and global level.

Ms. Linda Harris

Field Director

Field Instruction Overview

Signature pedagogy represents the central form of instruction and learning in which any profession socializes its students to perform the role of a practitioner in that profession. In social work, signature pedagogy is Field Education. The goal of Field Education is to connect the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with actual social work practice in agency settings. Both of these elements of Social Work are important and ensure that students are competent professionals.

Field Education at Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work is based upon a well integrated competency-based curriculum with horizontal and vertical balances in course content and classroom delivery that ultimately culminate in the demonstration of practice behaviors requisite of the Program's ten core competencies. Field Education is therefore signature pedagogy for the profession as it embodies the knowledge base, skill sets and moral integrity or values and attitudes of the profession.

Field Education is systematically designed, supervised, coordinated, and evaluated based on criteria by which students demonstrate the achievement of program competencies. The Program has ten core competencies with 41 practice behaviors augmenting those competencies in both the BSW program and foundation MSW program and 56 practices behaviors augmenting the ten core competencies in the MSW concentration program.

-With faculty,
Signature Pedagogy (Field Education) drives the presentation of classroom content…

-With students,
Signature Pedagogy (Field Education) is the goal of student learning….

-With Social Work Field Instructors in agency settings,
Signature Pedagogy (Field Education) serves as a gate keeping mechanism which both supports and sustains the profession of Social Work.