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COVID-19 Impact on Practicum Courses

During this time of heightened concern, FIFSW will do its utmost to support students and continue educational programs as best as possible while fulfilling our obligation to wise practice in public health and safety.

September 22, 2020 | Practicum update: COVID-19 impacts

September 15, 2020 | Practicum update for students re contact with COVID-19 positive persons

Important Safety Information – Fall 2020 Practicums

Critical Information for Practicum Students

The Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) has reduced the practicum time requirement (minimum 337.5 hours) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic until April 2021.

Practicum II Course SWK4702Y Fall/Winter 2020/21

The MSW program is designed with classes scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Practicum II on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from the Fall 2020 semester to early April (minimum 337.5 hours). This model of training is designed in order to maximize student learning, and the development of required competencies by the integration of theory with applied learning and self-reflection. As a result of the global pandemic, for 2020-21 and until April 2021, Practicum II can range between 338.5 and 518 hours, as determined by the field instructor.

Practicum I Course SWK4701 Winter 2021

Due to the limitations on flexibility imposed by the global pandemic, Practicum I will commences January 6, 2021, for a total of 469 hours unless otherwise indicated by the field instructor. Summer deferrals will only be accepted in emergency or extreme cases. A Request to Defer Practicum application is required.

Spring/summer 2021 practicum protocol will be determined at a later date.

Memo for faculty and instructional staff concerning the legal, privacy, safety and security impacts of our online learning model:

Additional Resources (including workshops and other remote learning opportunities):

If you have any questions, please contact the practicum office at

Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Changes will likely occur as the province and its municipalities adjust to new data about the virus. In these circumstances, please be advised that the manner of delivery of courses, co-curricular opportunities, programs, and services is subject to change, in accordance with university policies. The University thanks its students, faculty, and staff for their flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain the standards of excellence that are the hallmark of the University.