Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree
Eda F. Harris-Hastick, Ed.D., M.S.W., Director
School of Liberal Arts
FIELD WORK EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
The fieldwork curriculum is an integral part of the BSSW program, offering students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in their classes to social work practice in an agency setting. The field experience provides the opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills, integrate theoretical and practice knowledge, and develop identity as professionals. Field education is aligned with the five program goals and twelve objectives which provide the learning context and structure within which field education occurs.
Students will be required to spend 15 hours per week for a total of 200 hours each semester during the final year in an agency setting approved by the Medgar Evers College Social Work Field Coordinator. The Field Coordinator has developed a roster of field sites with field instructors who hold MSW degrees from CSWE accredited institutions.
To enter the field work phase of the program, students must also meet specific requirements which include:
PROGRAM ADVISEMENT POLICIES
The Program provides students with advisement and mentorship support throughout their studies. Students who have accumulated 0-30 credits receive advisement regarding general education requirements through the College of Freshman Studies’ Student Advocacy and Support Services Center (SASSC).
Although mentorship by BSSW faculty is provided during the 1st and 2nd year of a student’s career, upon completion of 30 credits, students are strongly encouraged to speak with the Program Director regarding pre-admission assignment to a BSSW Program Mentor. Students are assigned to Program Mentors based on their area of special interest. Mentors will work with students to discuss their educational performance and progress and career opportunities. Faculty mentors also write letters of reference for employment and recommendation letters for graduate school.
Medgar Evers College Social Work Club
For the past 14 years, Medgar Evers College has had a Social Work Club comprised of students who are interested in a social work career. The Club is registered with the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) and meets on Wednesdays during Commons Hour. Club members have participated in local and national social work activities including the National Conference of the NABSW. A faculty member is assigned as an Advisor to the club; however the club is governed by its elected student officers.
BSSW Advisory Council
The purpose of the BSSW Advisory Council is to guide the Social Work Program toward continued improvements in curriculum development, student education and mission fulfillment. Members of the Council consist of representatives from social welfare agencies in the public and private sectors, social work faculty from both undergraduate and graduate programs, medical social work professionals, two retired social workers, an alumna of Medgar Evers College who is also a social worker, students currently in the BSSW program and a student representative from the Social Work Club at MEC. The Social Work Program Director and the Field Education Coordinator also serve on the Council.
MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE POLICY IN REGARD TO STUDENT CONDUCT
"The responsibility to secure and respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic community."
Students attending the College are required to obey the laws of the City, State, and Nation. Social Work students are expected to comply with the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics.
(For a complete overview of Medgar Evers College Policy in Regard to Student Conduct, please refer to the College Catalogue section “Student’s Rights and Responsibilities.”)
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability. Under the guidelines of the American with Disabilities Act, the College will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with documented disabilities. Therefore, if a student is in need of or have any questions regarding accommodations or services, the student can contact Mr. Anthony Phifer, Director, Office of Services for the Differently- Abled. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Office in Rm. B1011 or call (718) 270-5027 to arrange necessary accommodation(s). Any information provided to the office is confidential and will not be released without the student’s permission.
Medgar Evers College BSSW Program is in its “In Candidacy Status”.
Information regarding program accreditation status may be obtained from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE): Address: 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314. Office: 703.683.8080 - F: 703.683.8099 - Email: email@example.com. Website: www.cswe.org.