What is Practicum?
This is a full-time (32 hours per week) opportunity for students to integrate theory with practice. Students work under the supervision of a B.S.W. or M.S.W. in a community organization of their choice.
Students complete the practicum in one semester, taking two quad courses: SWK425 and SWK426. Each quad course is 6 credits, totaling 12 practicum credits. Students are graded at the end of each quad by their agency supervisor based on their progress toward their learning goals. In conjunction with the Practicum, students are also required to take SWK420 Practicum Seminar, which meets once a week and is facilitated by the Practicum Director.
Students must have taken SWK201, 202, 301, 302, 303, 310, 311, and 322 to enroll in both the Practicum and Practicum Seminar.
During what semester do I register for my Practicum and Seminar?
In the spring of your sophomore year, while meeting with your advisor for your junior year fall registration, you should develop a plan for the next four semesters. This should include all the required courses to complete the social work major and core courses. If you have a minor or double major it is essential that you find out when your required courses will be offered so you can plan ahead. Based on this information, you should let your advisor know which semester you hope to take the Practicum and Practicum Seminar (14 credits). The Practicum Director will send out the assignments during your junior year.
How do I find the right Practicum site for me?
Your junior year you will be given access to the social work pre-practicum resources page on Blackboard. This page will give you step-by-step instructions for how to search, contact, interview and solidify a placement at a practicum site. There will also be several required meetings for practicum planning during your junior year. If you are currently a Gordon student, you can take a look at the available practicum sites by logging into GoHire and searching under "Practicum" for a position type.
SWK Practicum Application (PDF)
Application for Practicum