About the Program
K-State Salina's undergraduate social work program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. The undergraduate major is recognized as the beginning-level professional degree.
Students graduating from the social work program at K-State Salina are eligible for the social work licensing examination and certification process in states that have such requirements. Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in social work will be eligible for advanced standing in master of social work programs throughout the United States.
The field practicum occurs during the last semester of the social work major's academic experience. The goal of this experience is to prepare beginning professionals for social work practice. Field instruction is used to help the student integrate the knowledge, skills and values learned in the classroom into the practice of helping. Helping is done in social work agencies under the direct supervision of agency staff.
The agencies available for the social work field experience are in communities throughout Kansas, and they range in size from large, metropolitan social service agencies to small, rural agencies with one or two social work staff members. The K-State program is particularly interested in social work in rural communities, but students have the opportunity to work in Kansas City, Topeka and other metropolitan areas if they desire.
Field practicum is far more than observation or busy work. The student is directly responsible for doing social services with individuals, families, organizations or communities. The student participates as a member of the social services team, taking part in staff training, meetings, consultation and planning, and other activities that go with the responsibility of being a social worker. During this time the student has the opportunity to be a professional working with professionals. The field experience is full-time for the semester. The total time spent in this activity is 480 hours, although many students choose to put in more. One day of the week is devoted in part to a professional seminar in which all students in field placement discuss their experiences with the field coordinator, who is a social worker on the K-State faculty. This discussion allows students to find out about many agencies and experiences and can help them decide what type of social work job they might want after graduation.