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The field placement schedule varies depending on whether students choose a two-, three-, or four-year program of study.
Flexible schedules must be agreeable to the agency supervisor and approved by the student's advisor and/or the Field Education department.
There are two options for the field placement schedule for students in the Three-Year Program. All extended-program students should consult with the GSSW Advising Center and work closely with their advisor to determine their capacity and suitability for either field placement schedule.
Concurrent Field Placement
Students with no current social work employment begin their placement at the start of Year Two of the Three-Year Program and follow the schedules outlined above for both the Foundation Year and the Advanced Year.
Summer Block Field Placement
The Foundation Year field placement can be completed in the summer after Year Two under the following conditions:
Summer Block placement is scheduled for 40 hours per week from late May through August between Year Two and Year Three. Students typically continue in the same placement agency in the fall to complete their Advanced Year placement, with the schedule listed above.
In certain instances, students may complete their field education requirements by doing a field placement at the agency where they are employed, called a "PEA." The agency must meet the following requirements:
For this placement option, students must submit a proposal outlining the arrangement and obtain a signed agreement from agency administration. Please contact the Field Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-552-4027 to obtain the guidelines for the PEA proposal and agreement.