The field education component of Long Island University’s Social Work program reflects and complies with the M.S.W. program’s goal and mission to prepare students with the capacity to successful meet foundation and advanced program objectives. The prime objective of the field program is to prepare students for integrated generalist practice with a broad range of client systems, while acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to work with people as individuals, as family and group members, and as part of large community and organizational systems.
The 2nd year M.S.W. student refines the foundation or generalist skills practiced in year one and acquires knowledge and practice skills in their selected specialization. Second year students are also expected to complete an integrative capstone project (to be determined) based upon work undertaken in the field.
Initial and Continuing Eligibility for Fieldwork
Only students who are candidates for the master’s degree in social work are admitted to the field practicum. Student are subject to an admission interview and field interview in the semester prior to commencing field work in order to establish initial eligibility and appropriateness for field work. Student must maintain a B or better GPA in order to continue in the program. Students are given one semester to bring up their grade point average to the minimum acceptable level (B or 3.0) except in cases where individuals are granted admission to the program with probationary status. Students entering the program with less than 2.8 undergraduate GPA must achieve at least a 3.0 GPA in the first semester of the first year in order to maintain their matriculation. Students who fail field will be terminated from the program, regardless or their overall grade point average.