Field Education Programs

If you are a partner interested in offering Community Service Field Placements to our students or a student interested to know more about placements through any of our programs mentioned below, feel free to contact us at


Frequently Asked Questions

The reality of finding a qualified organization that meets your preferences, that is open to taking students on the days you require and is close to your home, is very slim. If you are open to expanding your search radius, you are not only opening more options, you are allowing yourself to be exposed to more well-suited opportunities for yourself. Placement is for a limited time – maximize this opportunity as best as possible. Keep the organizations close to home for volunteering or apply for a job once you have a solid resume (with organizations that are excellent that you were successful in as a placement student).

The organization is inquiring about your learning goals for the placement. This is an exercise/assignment built into the curriculum, called a Learning Contract. The Learning Contract Assignment captures what you hope to accomplish when you finish your placement and is meant for you to collaborate with your placement supervisor. For the interview, you can list more general goals as outlined in the program/course learning objectives.

Social Service Worker (Seneca@York) students in their 3rd semester are in placement Monday’s and Tuesday’s and seminar class is on Wednesday.

Yes, only if these new days/times do not conflict with your classes. Changes to your Field Placement days will need to be approved by the Field Office and documented on the CS Placement Agreement form.

No. Placements are approved by the Field Office and deadlines must be heeded. At the beginning of a new placement students are expected to discuss any questions or concerns with their supervisor and develop a plan together to ensure the student is set to complete meaningful work that aligns with their goals and course outcomes. The Field Liaison may be called in to provide further support in this process, if required.

No. It is important to work out these details/concerns with your Placement Supervisor as early as possible. Remain open-minded and patient as you learn the basics and build trust with your supervisors and staff. Sometimes you are given basic tasks in the beginning of your placement to assess your work attitude and quality of work.

No. You are not permitted to transport a client in your personal vehicle at any time for any reason. See your Field Placement Coordinator, in advance for exceptions, additional insurance coverage may be required.

No. Students are not required to feed clients through a G-tube or using utensils, however, being present while a qualified staff performs the task and building rapport with the client is strongly encouraged.

  • Your Field Placement Coordinator is available to support you through determining the best options for placement and providing contacts. Giving yourself ample time to go through the search process would allow for maximum options to be available to you. Meet with your FPC as soon as appointments open. FPCs confirm your placement offer in accordance with the School of Community Services minimum standards and your program’s learning outcomes.
  • Your Academic Advisor, Indira Hansraj for Seneca@York and Yorkgate and Elisha Galicia for King, are available to assist with any timetable questions. Your Academic Coordinators are also able to assist with these questions.

This generally means that the Long term care or retirement residence that you are in will not permit you to enter the premises due to an outbreak/illness going around. In this case, contact your Field Liaison as soon as possible for further direction.