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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Where do students complete their field placements?

Students in the on-campus program complete placement hours and attend classes at Laurier concurrently. Placements are most often located within a 150-kilometer distance from the Faculty of Social Work in Kitchener. Each placement cycle, the Field Education Office recruits placements from interested social agencies. Agencies, instructors and placement learning opportunities are approved by the Field Office. The field coordinator matches students to a placement for an interview. Following the interview, the agency determines whether they can provide the student with a placement opportunity. Commuting to placement is expected and many agencies require students to have access to a car while on placement.

How are students assigned to a placement?

You will be asked to rank interest in available placements. You are assigned to a placement interview based on the requirements of your MSW program and of the agency. Your interests in particular placements are also taken into consideration. Placements at specific agency settings are not guaranteed. The Field Education office also considers new placement opportunities that you propose within the appropriate time frame.

When do field education courses take place?

The timelines for field education courses are structured and sequenced to reflect course requirements and program progression. The following timelines also ensure that you are able to attend field preparation seminars and workshops, and that you complete your program requirements in a timely manner.

Field Education Placement Timeframes
Placement Type Days Per Week Months Total Hours Required
Foundational Field Education Three days (Monday –Wednesday); four days (Monday – Wednesday) January to March; April to May 462 hours
Advanced Field Education Three days (Monday – Wednesday) September to April 546 hours
Advanced International Field Education Five days (Monday – Friday) Late August to December 720 hours

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