Field Practicum

On this page, we have compiled the information and forms students and field supervisors will most often need to reference. Students will find links to assist them in recording their field practicum hours, creating their learning plans and a variety of evaluation forms. Field supervisors will find forms to update the program on their agencies and personal credentials as well as evaluation forms. We also provide a link to our field manual and the general responsibilities for each party involved in a field placement for easy reference. Should you have any questions about the material on this page, please contact our field instructor, Susie Smalling,




St. Olaf College Social Work Program

Sept. 5 (Thurs) Classes begin for students and all will be back in town for orientations, background checks and the like as needed.

Sept. 10 (Tue) First day of practicum for students (agency orientation)

Also Sept 17 & 24 (8 hours each day)
Note: Students have classes several hours each day Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri. They will go to the agencies on Tuesdays only.

Sept. 10 (Tue) Field Supervisors Support and Information Meeting

3:00-5:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Valhalla Room

Sept. 30 (Mon) Full-time Field Practicum Begins

Full-time means 40 hours per week of quality, generalist social work activities, primarily focused on and involving contact with clients—individuals, families, groups, organizations and the community; if the agency considers 37 ½ hours “full time” the student is responsible for scheduling appropriate activities to “make up” the remaining 2 ½ hours per week.
Total hours required: 400 hours minimum

Seminars for students: Mondays 6:30-9:30 pm starting Sept. 30, 2019

Oct. 14-15* (Mon & Tues) St. Olaf Fall Break –
Note: Students with placements in MN schools will take the break when the schools break for The Education Minnesota Professional Conference (formerly MEA).

Nov. 4 (Mon) Mid-term evaluations due
Nov. 27-29 (Wed-Fri)* St. Olaf Thanksgiving Break

Note: Students short on hours should plan to work on Wednesday, Nov 21, and have TB on Thursday and Friday.

*The Program acknowledges Fall and Thanksgiving breaks as official college breaks and does not generally require practicum attendance, but encourages students to consider responsibilities to clients and the agency and to use one or more of these days, if necessary, to fulfill required hours.

Dec. 10 (Tues) Field Supervisor Recognition Celebration – 4:00-5:00 pm

Field Supervisors are invited to a “thank-you” meeting with the students on campus. Supervisors and students are invited to enjoy dinner together in the cafeteria following this meeting.

Dec. 10 (Tues) Last day of scheduled classes

Students are required to fulfill responsibilities at the agency through this date and should have completed the minimum 400 clock hours by this date. Students may continue a few days (until the end of final exams) beyond this date for programmatic reasons, such as completing the school term or some other similar responsibility.