Social Work Field Education

BSW/ MSW Field Education

Field education plays an important role in developing our social work students in preparing and mastering generalist and clinical social work skills required to help individuals and communities grow and thrive. At Northeastern State University, we are thrilled to have meaningful partnerships with over 200 agencies that are driven to help individuals and families within our communities.

Referred to as practicum , students may set their sights in an array of social work disciplines medical social work, child welfare, school social work, community-based social work, corrections, and clinical social work, and many more.

Practicum is the learning by doing part of social work education, the heart of social work education. There are three partners in making the field practicum a success. The first is the student who brings eagerness and excitement to practicum, the culmination of her/his social work education. The second partner is the agency field instructor who guides the student in the process of day-to-day learning. The Faculty Field Liaison is the third partner who has the dual role of serving as a link between the agency field instructor and the University and that of assisting the student to convert the knowledge, skills, and values gained in the classroom into practical experience.

The BSW field practicum program at Northeastern State University consists of a sequence of two courses: Social Work Practicum I and Seminar and Social Work Practicum II and Seminar. These courses represent the culmination of the baccalaureate student's social work education.

The MSW field practicum entails two tracks. The traditional MSW practicum consists of two sequence courses during the first foundation year: Social Work Practicum and Seminar I and Social Work Practicum and Seminar II. The concentration second year of the traditional track dovetails into the Advanced Standing program. This practicum contains two sequence courses: Advanced Practicum and Seminar I and Advanced Practicum and Seminar II.

We, the faculty of NSU's Social Work Department, would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of our agency field instructors. The time and attention you give to our students and your willingness to share your skills and expertise are vital to social work education and to our program. Again, thank you for your continuing professional commitment to the social work profession. We welcome your participation in the on-going development of our program and the profession of social work.

To our students, best wishes for a successful field practicum experience. We, the faculty, look forward to this partnership and hope that our mutual goals will be achieved.

Are you a member of an organization that is driven to make meaningful and impactful changes in the community, and would like to see how you and your company can get involved in partnering with Northeastern State University's Field Education Program? Contact us at:

Dr. Carolyn Cox: Director of MSW Field Education (Phone): 918-444-3531/ Email:,
Dr. Kendra Zoellner: Director of BSW Field Education (Phone) 918-449-6553/ Email,
Ms. Allison Mason: Clinical Assistant Professor (Phone): 918-444-3611/