The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has identified “field education” as the signature pedagogy of social work. A signature pedagogy is the method by which a student learns their profession; for social work, that is in field education. But signature pedagogies also do more; they disclose important information about the personality of a professional field…its values, knowledge, and manner of thinking, almost perhaps, its total worldview.
At The Ohio State University, College of Social Work, we take your education into the community through this student experience. We are excited to help students find the right field experience where they will spend their time putting theory into practice, engaging with other social workers, and developing their professional identity. We hope that your experience in field will take what you have learned in the classroom and translate it into practice. The field placement is also where the core values of social work should be apparent on a daily basis. These core values, adopted by the National Association of Social Workers, 1996, guide our ethical practice, and are the cornerstone of our profession:
- Dignity and worth of the person
- Importance of human relationships
- Social Justice
There are a variety of placement options, as the College is affiliated with over 600 agencies in the state, ranging from settlement houses, community organizations, and mental health agencies to schools, hospitals, government, corrections, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and many more.
Field Education makes a tremendous difference in the lives of students, and leaves a lasting impression. We hope your field experience is one that helps set your path as a professional social worker. Under the direction of The Office of Field Education, the Social Work Program Office at Ohio State Mansfield will guide and support you through your placement process and your experience.
Additional Field Education Information
For glossary of terms, forms, example interview questions, field agency database, liability insurance, volunteer opportunities and more, please visit the Field Education Office. Please remember that all field education questions and paperwork should be addressed to the Program Manager at OSU-M. Also, the field education calendar for the main campus may not be the same as one for the regional programs.