Council on Field Education

The Council on Field Education is a council of the Commission on Educational Policy (COEP). The Council on Field Education advances the role of field education as the signature pedagogy in social work education by promoting, collaborating with, recommending, and distributing information to social work field educators and related membership organizations. The council actively participates in discussions regarding the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards to ensure and strengthen the integration of theory and practice.

Charge From the Commission

The Council on Field Education shall have the following functions:

  • To provide leadership and consultation to CSWE and COEP by recommending policy statements and accreditation standards that advance field education as the signature pedagogy of social work education.
  • To plan education and training for field educators and others interested in social work field education, including reviewing and accepting proposals for the Field Directors’ Development Institute (APM) in coordination with CSWE’s Council on Conferences and Faculty Development.
  • To develop initiatives and disseminate relevant knowledge to assist and/or inform social work educators and various constituencies about field education.
  • To promote curriculum integration between classroom and field education among members of the professional community by encouraging systematically designed, supervised, coordinated and evaluated field education models to educate competent beginning professional social workers.
  • To collaborate with stakeholder groups and membership organizations such as the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.
  • To employ a nomination process that assures Field Council representation using a transparent process that is geographically broad and embodies diversity.

Field Directors Listserv

If you wish to be added to the Field Directors electronic mailing list, contact Katie Benson at kbenson@cswe.org. Individuals do not have to be members of CSWE to join the electronic mailing list.

2015 Survey of Field Directors 

The CSWE Council on Field Education conducted a survey of field directors about how field education programs are organized, who is leading them, and how they respond to student requests for alternative structures.