Information for Employers
The Intensive Weekend program is specifically designed for students employed in the social services. The structure of the program enables students to build on acquired knowledge and skills and to apply what they learn in the classroom back on the job, enhancing their contribution to the organization as they complete their MSW education.
Workplace disruption is minimal: students devote 4-5 weekdays each month to class and/or field, depending on the program, in addition to weekend time. For example, Mays Landing students are in class one Friday each month; Bordentown students attend class one Friday every two months; and Parsippany and Northern cohort students attend class on the weekend only, once each month - but have 3, 2-hour online class sessions, generally on the weekend or after hours. Advanced standing students will be assigned to one of these formats, depending on the location of their classes. All students must be able to participate in field the equivalent of at least one day each week.
At a minimum, employing agencies are expected to provide partial job reassignment, OR flexible scheduling or release time so that students are able to complete field education requirements, either at their place of employment or at an alternate agency. They are expected to provide release time or flexible scheduling, including the use of the students' personal time, if necessary, to permit students to attend class. Full attendance of all classes is required for credit.
Some agencies are able to provide tuition or other financial assistance in support their employees' educational goals. Financial support of the employing agency is not a condition of acceptance to the program, but support for the student’s candidacy and opportunities for field education are integral to the student’s success in the program.
The School of Social Work requires an Employer Agreement Form that acknowledges the provision of flexible scheduling required for the program and approval of the applicant's Preliminary Field Education Proposal. Agencies may require post completion commitments from their employees commensurate with the extent of support provided while the student is in school. Such work agreements and any other personnel matters as they may relate to the employee’s participation in the program are at the discretion of the employer, pursuant to the policies of individual agencies.
Benefits for employing agencies: The Intensive Weekend program contributes to staff development and retention. Because students remain in the employ of the agency while in school, they continue to contribute to the work of the agency as they enhance their knowledge base and practice skills. In particular, we encourage student involvement in field education projects that contribute to the overall needs and goals of the agency. Sometimes, these projects address a gap in service or area that the agency may wish to further develop. Overall, the agency, employees, and clients benefit from increased professionalization and the continuity of skilled social service staff.
Costs and Financial Assistance: Program costs consist of tuition, off-campus and IT fees, and an initial program fee which covers the preparatory program, including the required non-credit course, Writing for Social Workers. Students are responsible to obtain books and supplies.