MSW Field Education


Signature Pedagogy

Field education is an important piece of the MSW program. It allows the student to apply what is learned in the classroom, as well as, work with clients under the supervision of a social worker in our community. We have a wealth of agencies in our community that give our students valuable exposure to the opportunities, responsibilities, and functions of the modern social worker.

The Field Education Program supports the School of Social Work’s Mission: to prepare students for practice with an emphasis on the cultural diversity of the Southwest

Our practicum program allows you to exercise options regarding the location and timing of your field work. We require 950 hours of practicum that are divided between foundation and concentration practica. You must complete 225 hours of Foundation fieldwork for two semesters, for a total of 450 hours. You will complete 250 hours of Concentration fieldwork for two semesters, for a total of 500 hours.

Our Field Education staff will help you identify and locate sites that meet your professional interests and personal needs. The School of Social Work also sponsors a Practicum Fair to help you find the right field placement.

Manuals, Forms and Syllabi

MSW Field Manual 2020-2021

MSW Field Manual 2017-2018

MSW Field Forms Packet

MSW 551 and 549 Field Contract and Evaluation

MSW 554 and 556 Field Contract and Evaluation

Foundation Syllabi: MSW 551 & MSW 549

Concentration Syllabi: MSW 554/556


Field Education Program Contacts:

Practicum/Field Director
Jennifer Parker
HSS Building-Suite 203K
Phone: 575-646-7903
Fax: 575-646-4116

Field Coordinator
Maribel Tellez
HSS Building- Suite 207
Phone: 575-646-2719
Fax: 575-646-4116