Field Education

Practice Model

The Title IV-E MSW Program is a career development program for entry level public child welfare practice involving the primary method of direct services. Students must complete the equivalent of two years of field placement in the MSW program the 

  • Foundation Year of fieldwork will occur in a non-profit agency serving Title IV-E eligible children, youth and families. Such clients are children and families who would have been eligible for AFDC prior to TANF and receiving child welfare related services. Eligible settings could include county child mental health and probation, nonprofit contract or referral agencies (i.e. residential treatment, child abuse treatment services, pediatric health programs, and school-based services in which CWS participates.
  • Final Year of fieldwork will occur in a public county child welfare agency. Students will be placed in any of the following county child welfare agencies: Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Napa. Final year county placements have been within Emergency Response, Dependency Investigations, Continuation, Family Maintenance, Family Reunification, Adoptions, ILP, Domestic Violence, and other specialized units.

In both field placements, the students' caseload shall consist of Title IV-E eligible client cases, and meet the 2017 CalSWEC California Child Welfare Competencies (pdf) for public child welfare in California.

Field Requirements

IV-E students must fulfill field requirements as described in the MSW Student Manual. Any questions or concerns about their field placements should follow appropriate field procedures. Students should discuss problems with their field instructor, faculty field liaison, IV-E Project Coordinator and finally, if unresolved, with the School of Social Work Field Education Director, in that order. IV-E students will be required to participate in specialized child welfare training both years in the MSW program/