In our department, real-life experience is what will set you apart from other graduates. We believe you can get a better understanding about making a difference when you can see your work from start to finish. Our students have found that this training is a great way to start their careers, and it looks great on your resume.
Your field education is a practicum that is mandatory for all social work majors. The practicum gives you a chance to take your classroom skills and apply them to real problems. For the BSW, this experience happens during the last semester prior to earning your degree and is offered only during the spring and summer semesters.
You will complete your fieldwork at an agency in Indiana or a surrounding state. With the help of our practicum coordinator, you will be placed in a site that will help you start your career path.
We encourage you to look for sites that you hope to work at after graduation. Some of our students have had great success working for their practicum sites.
Once your practicum placement has been arranged and confirmed, you will be a full-time (35 to 40 hours a week) employee.
The following agencies have served as past field practicum sites for social work field students. Agencies are listed by location. Additional information on these field sites is available within the department.
Download List of Sites (PDF)
Once your field placement site has been confirmed, you are assigned a faculty field liaison, who will serve as the link between the social work program and your field practicum site. Your liaison reads and grades your field seminar assignments in SOCWK 462 and visits you at your field site.
The following faculty serve as faculty field liaisons:
To be eligible to serve as a field site for your practicum, an agency must meet these minimum requirements:
- be able to provide learning experiences that support the social work field curriculum
- be able to provide weekly qualified supervision
- be no more than a 4-hour drive from the university
Field Practicum Forms
Please complete the following form to express your interest in hosting a practicum student.
Download Form (PDF)
Field Practicum Manual
Our field practicum manual contains all of the information you need to know about our program. Inside, you will find a history of the department and important information about our mission and objectives.
Download Manual (PDF)
Familiarize yourself with the manual. Many of your questions about the fieldwork can be found here. Information such as the placement process and the steps required to gain placement are contained in this manual.
There are two syllabi for the classes you will need included in this manual.
If you have any questions about the manual, please let us know.
Ball State University offers liability to our students while completing the senior level practicum. Please read the information provided by the University below.
The University is aware of potential liability which may arise from its students for actions or alleged actions from third parties in the performance of internships or courses that require an external learning experience for academic course credit. This liability may be for property damage, bodily injury, or acts of a professional nature such as those involved with the delivery of medical or allied health services. The University provides liability coverage with limits of $1 million per occurrence, $3 million aggregate to protect against this risk and is able to provide host sites with proof of coverage for internship placement.