Title IV-E Field Education

MSW Curriculum Competencies for 

Public Child Welfare in CaliforniaFieldwork

Practice Method

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 first year of fieldwork will occur in a non-profit agency serving IV-E eligible children, youth and families. The second year of fieldwork will occur in a public county child welfare agency. In both placements, the students' caseload shall consist of IV-E eligible cases. All IV-E students are required to maintain good academic standing in the MSW program and the Title IV-E program, which includes maintaining a 3.0 grade point average or better every semester. Students, who have documented difficulties in first year of practice classes and/or field, must address their issues with the IV-E Project Coordinator and/or faculty to improve and maintain good academic standing in the program.

IV-E 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.

IV-E Field Instruction

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 are required to complete the equivalent of two years of field placement in the MSW program (1200 hours). In both placements, the students' caseload shall consist of IV-E eligible cases.

The first year of fieldwork will occur in a private non-profit agency serving IV-E eligible children, youth and families. The second 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

All IV-E Students are required to maintain good standing in the MSW program and the Title IV-E program, including maintaining a 3.0 grade point average or better every semester. Students who have documented difficulties in first year of practice classes and/or field, must address these issues with the IV-E Project Coordinator and/or faculty to improve and maintain good standing in the program

Current Faculty Field Liaisons are listed under our staff contacts page.