BSW Program Field Placement Policies & Procedures


  • Placements are negotiated and organized by the BSW Field Placement Coordinator.
  • Students must complete 400 hours (each course = 200 hours) of field placement. Students must stay until the end of the course date, regardless of hours accrued.
  • Students are at one field placement (Tuesdays & Thursdays) from September until mid-April.
  • Students must have completed a minimum number of 24 credits to begin the second year (U2) field placement. These 24 credits are comprised of all U1 required courses (SWRK 220, SWRK 221, SWRK 224, SWRK 222, and SWRK 223) and any combination of SWRK complementary, Social Science complementary, and/or Electives courses totalling 24 credits.
  • Second year (U2) students cannot do block placement

Field Matching

The Field Placement Coordinator uses the following criteria to place students:

  • interest and preference for a particular field of practice
  • work, training, or volunteer experiences
  • learning objectives & style
  • learning needs as assessed by Field Coordinator.
  • student/placement fit (student can meet the agency requirements, no conflicts of interest)

The school supports the requirements of some agencies for a criminal records check, various health tests, x-rays, or inoculations. Students unwilling to meet these requirements will not be eligible for these placements.

Field Placement Process

  1. The process of field placement assignment begins 6-8 months before the placement begins in the Fall semester. Students are asked to follow these procedures:
  2. Accepted students are emailed a list of agency profiles. Students read these over and complete the Field Planning Form.
  3. Students attend the Field Placement Information Meeting in February. Students must bring a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and the Field Planning form to this meeting.  
  4. Students attend an individual Meeting with Field Placement Coordinator.
  5. Students should bring their Curriculum Vitae and the Field Planning Form. Students should come prepared to discuss the Field Placement Matching criteria.
  6. Students will receive a “Field Match and Interview Report”. This report will include the proposed field placement and Field Instructor/Supervisor.
  7. Students must contact the field supervisor within two days to set up an interview. If students are having difficulty contacting the field instructor/supervisor, they can contact the Field Placement Coordinator.
  8. Students attend an interview with the Field Instructor/Supervisor.
  9. If the student and field instructor agree to the match, the student and field instructor complete the “Field Match” form and return it to the Field Education office.
  10. If the student and field instructor do not agree to the match, the student should contact the Field Coordinator to explore other options.

Field Placements at Other Agencies

Students are asked NOT to contact agencies directly. If a student wishes to explore a Field Placement at an agency not on the Field Placement list, the student should discuss this with the BSW Field Placement Coordinator.

Block Placements

Block placements are only available to 3rd year BSW students who have completed all of their academic course work. For Spring/Summer block placements, the planning process begins in January.

Academic Term Block Placements

Students attend 4 days per week (maximum 32 hours/week) for approximately 14 weeks to complete 400 hours.

Spring/Summer Block Placements

Placement begins the 1st week of May. Students attend 4 days per week (maximum 32 hours/week) for approximately 14 weeks to complete 400 hours.

Please note:

  • Many agencies do not offer Block placements.
  • Coursework often focuses on Field Placement experiences happening concurrently with coursework.
  • The condensed and intensive time frame can be difficult for some students.
  • Students have the option of completing a block placement at an approved social service agency outside of Quebec.