Practicum (experiential learning) is an integral component of our BSW and MSW programs. It provides Students with the opportunity to practice in a Social Work setting, receive regular professional instruction and supervision, and engage in a dynamic process directed towards understanding the role of a Social Worker through experience in the field.

Field Instruction has the potential to:
  • Be the link for Students between their education and entry to the profession;
  • Renew the ranks of the profession and contribute to new knowledge and methods;
  • Enhance the service, leadership and advocacy with respect to clients; and
  • Contribute to our communities through the distinct service activities of Students.

The Field Instructor is responsible for completing various forms during the Student’s time at the agency. These forms are completed and submitted online via our Intern Placement Tracking System (IPT).

What are the Expectations of a Field Instructor?

The Field Instructor is assigned by the Practicum Setting and approved by the Coordinator of Field Education on behalf of The School of Social Work at King’s University College.  They are responsible for:

  • assisting the student in achieving the overall goals of the Practicum and the agreed upon learning objectives
  • provides an orientation to the setting
  • provides formal supervision to the student (BSW3 minimum of one hour per week, BSW4 minimum of two hours per week, MSW  one to two hours per week)
  • Following consultation with the student and Faculty Consultant provides a typed evaluation at the midterm and end of term. 


Is your Agency/Team interested in a potential student placement partnership with the School of Social Work? Please contact the Field Education Administrative Assistant at to schedule a meeting to learn more!