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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

Critical Information for Practicum Students

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.


·       Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) has reduced time requirement (minimum 337.5 hours) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic until April 2021. The FIFSW has set out in past years the time requirement of 525 hours for the Practicum II course. This may be reinstated as of April 2021.

·       The Practicum I course is scheduled during the winter/spring session, January to May 2021.

Due to the limitations on flexibility imposed by the global pandemic, Year 1 students will be expected to commence Practicum I in the winter semester.  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