Field Education

Field education is considered the social work "signature" pedagogy. It integrates your course work with practical field learning experiences purposefully and cohesively.

Inquiries and comments concerning information about Field Education should be directed to the Director of Field Education, Shirell Roeback, LCSW, at or (718) 262-2615.

Objectives of Field Instruction

NE: The M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College will require at 2 or more evenings of classes in addition to 2-3 days in field placement. Course work and field placement may be attended on the same day.

*Field Placement requirements vary for general and advance standing MSW scholars & term of field placements.

The objectives of field instruction the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The objectives are to teach MSW scholars to:

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior.
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice.
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social Economic, and Environmental Justice.
  4. Engage in Practice-informed research and Research-informed Practice.
  5. Engage in policy Practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities.
  9. Evaluate practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, organizations, and Communities. 

Generalist year

A field placement is also required and sites are available in a number of practice areas, including: 

  • Child Welfare 
  • Community Practice
  • Counseling Center
  • Criminal Justice
  • Programs for the elderly
    • Senior Day Programs
    • Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC)
  • Men's Center
  • School Settings
  • Violence Prevention
  • Women Center
  • Youth Services

Advanced year

Specialized practice settings include:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health Agencies
    • Clinics
    • Community
    • Schools 

Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI)

Seminar in Field Education (SIFI) Certification is a mandatory course and provides support to first-time Field Instructors. SIFI is a mandatory course given, free of charge, offered by graduate schools of social work in the New York City area. Once completed at any of these schools, it need not be taken again.

The 12-session SIFI Orientation Course is aimed at helping field instructors acquire knowledge and skills to effectively meet the breadth of supervisory educational responsibilities and roles, the M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College curriculum, as well as field work policies and practices are incorporated into the course. Each session will incorporate themes of cultural competence and diversity.

The course will be taught by members of the Department of Social Work who are SIFI Certified. The SIFI course is taken throughout the fall semester and may be offered as in-class or through on-line instruction and may be taken concurrently with first experience offering field instruction to York MSW Scholars. All field instructors are granted the use of the York College, CUNY library. Field Supervisors are also invited to various conferences during the academic year.

For M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College Field Education Manual, contact Field Director at or (718) 262-2615.