The Field Practicum is an essential element of the curriculum in which students apply and deepen their knowledge, skills and values through practice. It also offers the opportunity for evaluation of the student’s ability to apply social work knowledge, skills and values by an experienced social work professional.
CSUSB has selected a model of Field Education that is not the final phase of formal learning, but rather is ongoing and concurrent with classroom experience. We believe that learning in the field and in the classroom will be enhanced by the opportunity to immediately observe knowledge taught in the classroom and to immediately apply skills mastered in the classroom. Conversely, observations from the field will reinforce theory, knowledge and skills from the classroom setting. Click the links below for more information:
Graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in public child welfare may be eligible for financial assistance under our Title IV-E Program. This program is offered to on-campus and online distance education students alike.
BASW: Information about tuition fees is found at CSUSB Student Financial Services. However, to offer the major at a distance, additional costs are incurred by CSUSB. Therefore, it is possible that the BASW major course may cost more than other courses. Contact Nick Watson (email@example.com / 909.537.3838) for more information. The MSW Pathway Program costs $400 per unit, for a total of $36,000 for the entire program.
A proposal is currently under review to increase the fee for the MSW Pathway program to $700 per semester-unit starting in the fall of 2020. There are 60 semester units in the MSW and so the total cost of the program will be $42,000 if this proposal is approved.
BASW & MSW foundation-year students are expected to be in their field practicum a minimum of 160 hours per quarter (16 hours per week), or 480 hours for the academic year.
MSW advanced-year students are expected to complete a minimum of 200 hours per quarter (20 hours per week), or 600 hours for the academic year.
At the completion of their respective programs, BASW students will have accumulated a minimum of 480 hours of field experience, and MSW students will have accumulated a minimum of 1,080 hours of field experience.
The Field Instructor is the student's teacher and supervisor in the placement site. The Field Instructor provides ongoing feedback, supervises, teaches, and assesses student acquisition of knowledge, skills, and values.
The Faculty Liaison, also referred to as the Field Liaison, holds an MSW from an accredited program of social work. He or she is the faculty member who serves as an educational consultant to the Field Instructor at the agency where the student is assigned to complete their Field Practicum. The Faculty Liaison approves the Learning Plan Agreement/Comprehensive Skills Evaluation for the student, holds quarterly conferences with both the student and Field Instructor, via webcam or in person, facilitates the Integrative Field Seminar, evaluates the student’s learning, and assigns a grade of credit/no credit.
BASW: There are three sequential field practicum courses that run concurrently with classes (401ABC). The purpose of the baccalaureate field practicum is to assist in the attainment of the BASW program objectives, which reflect the knowledge, skills and values of the social work profession while preparing its graduates for beginning generalist practice. The Field Practicum is an essential element of the curriculum in which students apply and deepen their knowledge, skills and values and also offers the opportunity for evaluation of the student’s ability to apply social work knowledge, skills and values by an experienced social work professional.
MSW: There are six sequential field practicum courses that run concurrently with classes (600ABC – foundation year and 600DEF – advanced year). Each student has two different field placements at two different agencies during the three year course of study. Field experiences are designed to build upon one another in developing a competent practitioner. In the foundation year of field, the focus is on learning generalist practice. This includes having a broad range of assignments directed at helping the student develop competencies in engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, termination and follow-up at both the micro and macro practice levels. In the advanced year, the students are expected to provide intervention methods involving more complex situations and advanced practice skills at both the micro and macro levels. The advanced social work practice is operationalized in terms of three roles: change agent, interdisciplinary/interagency social worker, and social work leader.
BASW & MSW: In addition to working at a field agency, students are required to attend monthly seminar, which is held online. Seminar is designed to walk students through their field experience, assist students in making the connection between field practice and classroom learning, provide a safe place to discuss field experience through discussion boards, and to encourage peer discussions so each student can learn from one another. Each month students are required to login and complete assigned readings, read material presented by the field liaison, and complete required discussion board entries. There will also be opportunities for webcam meetings with their assigned field liaison as needed.
Many of the same CSUSB School of Social Work faculty members who teach the on-campus classes teach our distance education classes.
To be eligible to take a leave of absence (L.O.A.), a student must be in extenuating, personal or health circumstances. If this is so and the LOA is approved, then the student’s academic advisor meets with the student’s instructors regarding the appropriate grade for each course that the student is enrolled in. If the instructor is comfortable with giving an Incomplete “I” grade, then the student completes the LOA paperwork and submits it to the Director of the Schools of Social Work and the Office of Graduate Studies. The student will re-enroll in one year, after submitting return from LOA paperwork to the Office of the Registrar/Records, to complete the course incomplete grades and continue in the program. If the instructors do not feel comfortable with the student receiving an incomplete grade, then the student will need to be dropped from the program. If a student is dropped from the program before the add/drop date (third week of the quarter), he or she will receive a 65% refund. However, if a student is dropped from the program after that date, he or she will receive no refund and will need to re-pay for courses again when re-enrolling in the following year.
Yes, however, courses are offered in sequence and so if you cannot complete a course, it is most likely that you will not be able to return and resume your program in the proper sequence for at least a year. Also, we have a four year limit on taking a break from your program. If you exceed the four year limit, you will need to reapply to the program. To avoid this, PLEASE get advising from the Director of the Social Work Pathway Distance education program before making any decisions.
Students interested in the Pathway Distance Education Program should send an email message to SWPathway@csusb.edu You will receive a response within 48 hours.
All of the MSW Pathway courses are offered online. Some courses may require synchronous, “face-to-face” sessions via webcam. All other courses are asynchronous with weekly deadlines. For more information on BASW Distance Education courses, please contact Dr. Carolyn McAllister (firstname.lastname@example.org / 909.537.5559) or Paolo Serrano-Montes (email@example.com / 909.537.5565).
When you enroll at CSUSB you will be given a student ID number. You will then use this number not only to enroll, but to access campus services such as the library. Click here for the library web site.
The MSW Pathway Program accepts 30 students each year. The BASW program accepts 50 students each year.
Computer Hardware & Operating System: Students enrolled in the Pathway Distance Education Program will need to be running recent (no more than three years old) computer hardware and a current Windows or Mac operating system still being supported by the software developer.
Internet Connection: Students enrolled in the Pathway Distance Education Program will need to have a fast, reliable broadband connection that is capable of handling webcam meetings with up to a dozen people. Because broadband speeds and packages vary so greatly from one provider to the next, we can’t make any official recommendation, but we can say from firsthand experience, it is highly unlikely that the cheapest broadband package offered by any provider is capable of handling this. Broadband is one area where online students definitely don’t want to skimp on price.
Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to offer the program internationally. We are a new program and we are still building and improving our curriculum as well as developing our support services. At this time, we do not have the capacity to serve students who live outside of the USA. Our aim is to be able to offer the program internationally in the future and we are working towards that goal. So please check our web site every so often to stay in touch with our progress on this.