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 programThe first year of fieldwork will occur in a non-profit agency serving IV-E eligible children, youth and families During the student's placement in non-CWS agency, the student must serve IV-E child welfare clients. 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.

The second (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. Second 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 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 in both years will also participate in additional Child Welfare training seminars, which are mandatory. These hours do not count as part of the first & second field practicum hours.