Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work: For Field Instructors
Field instruction is one of the most vital parts of a B.A.S.W. student’s education. It allows students to apply generalist social work practice skills and knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world situations.

Students are placed in social agencies reflecting a wide range of social work programs. The field instructor and the B.A.S.W. program cooperate closely to plan learning opportunities which best meet the students’ needs and the program’s objectives. Together, we are valuable partners in creating and mentoring future generations of social workers.


Field instructors are professional role models for B.A.S.W. students. As a field instructor, you:

  • convey knowledge about social work practice
  • expand the student’s understanding about social work theory and practice, and
  • provide guidance and direction.

A faculty adviser from GSS is assigned to every agency and every student. The faculty adviser works with you to formulate an educational plan for the student and to assess his or her progress.

Field agencies are expected to:

  • provide students a variety of assignments, including work with a range of client systems. The assignments should provide experiences with multi-level practice in which students work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations, to the extent that is possible.

Field instructors must:

  • schedule individual conferences with their students one and a half to two hours per week. In the meetings, you review some of the student’s process recordings, discuss the student’s thinking and understanding, and plan next steps.

Midway through each semester, you and the student should also have an oral evaluation of the student’s experience to date. And you complete a written evaluation of the student’s development near the end of each semester.

  • Questions? Contact our B.A.S.W. field coordinator, Rachelle Kammer, Ph.D., at or (212) 636-6660.


B.A.S.W. field instructors must have an M.S.W. degree and at least three years of post-masters practice in a social agency.

First-time field instructors who supervise B.A.S.W. students are also expected to complete the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) that is offered by the Graduate School of Social Service. This free seminar equips you with the knowledge and skills to be an effective field instructor. It is taught by the GSS social work faculty and staff.

The seminar meets for 12 sessions during the academic year, bimonthly in the fall and monthly in the spring. Classes last two hours and are held at our Lincoln Center, Westchester, and Molloy (Long Island) campuses.  There is no charge for the course.

Once you have successfully completed the SIFI, you are qualified to supervise students as a field instructor for any school of social work in the Tri-state area. If you have already taken the SIFI course at another social work program in the New York City area, you do not need to take it again with us.

  • Learn more about becoming a field instructor by contacting our B.A.S.W. field coordinator, Rachelle Kammer, Ph.D., at or (212) 636-6660.


Our B.A.S.W. field coordinator, Rachelle Kammer, Ph.D., is eager to answer any questions you may have. Contact her at or (212) 636-6660.

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