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We at the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work want to thank you for dedication and service as Field Instructor. As you know from your own experience, field education is fundamental to the development of social workers. Research shows that more than anything else involved in the pursuit of an MSW degree, professional social workers look back and remember their practicum and their field instructors. We and our students want you to know that we truly appreciate your willingness to contribute. 

Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work (AHZSSW) students are placed only at sites that are officially affiliated with the AHZSSW.

To become an affiliated Practicum site for the AHZSSW, an agency representative at the site must first complete the Practicum Site Application. Once submitted, the application will be reviewed and, if approved, an official affiliation agreement will be developed. The agency representative will then be given access to our Intern Placement Tracking system (IPT).

Professional social workers interested in serving as a Field Instructor for students at the AHZSSW must complete the Field Instructor Application. Once submitted, the application will be reviewed and, if approved, the individual will then be given access to our Intern Placement Tracking system (IPT). Please note that ONLY persons with a degree from an accredited program in social work will be considered for appointment as a Field Instructor. Required qualifications for Field Instructors are listed below: 

  • A degree in social work from an accredited program. Those providing practicum instruction in the graduate program must have an MSW. Those providing practicum instruction in the undergraduate program may have a BSW only with an MSW preferred.
  • At least two years of supervised post-BSW experience in social work practice for Field Instructors with a BSW only
  • At least two years post-MSW experience in social work practice for those providing instruction for MSW students
  • At least six month experience in current social work position Credentials of applicants for Field Instructor status are verified using the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers data base and the AHZSSW data base. Those applicants who do not carry an Oklahoma social work license and did not graduate from the AHZSSW may be required to provide additional documentation in support of their candidacy.

Field Instructors may apply for official appointment as affiliated faculty at the AHZSSW by completing and submitting a University of Oklahoma Personal Data Form (pdf). Both pages must be completed; incomplete submissions will not be processed. Completed Personal Data Forms should be mailed to the AHZSSW Practicum Office (campus location specific) and will be submitted to the Personnel Office for official appointment. Appointments as affiliated faculty expire after two years. For the purposes of the AHZSSW Practicum Program, only persons holding MSW degrees may be appointed as affiliate faculty.

Practicum Preceptors are assigned on occasion in student placements. The extent of responsibility of preceptors for the teaching and learning process is negotiated individually by the assigned Field Instructor and faculty liaison. When a Practicum Preceptor is involved in a student’s educational program, they must be included in plans for the student’s learning and evaluation of performance.