BSSW GATE 2 & Junior Field Enrollment – SOWK 365

CG • Section 16WK • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 09/29/2022

Course Description

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires that all social work programs have a gatekeeping process to ensure that students have a thorough understanding of the profession of social work and will be a good fit for the program and profession. The BSSW program at Liberty University includes 4 gates. All students must apply for and be approved through all 4 gates to be eligible to graduate from the BSSW program. This must apply for and be approved through all 4 gates to be eligible to graduate from the BSSW program. This SOWK 365 course includes the application process for Gate 2 and Field Proposal/Enrollment process of the BSSW program. This course is 0 credits and is Pass/Fail. Approval through Gate 2 and completion of the Field Proposal/Enrollment process indicates approval to begin Junior Field Placement (SOWK 370) in the following semester.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Successfully passing this course and gaining BSSW program approval through Gate 2 and the Field Proposal Process indicates a student’s approval to be registered for Junior Field.

Course Assignment

Assigned readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

The student will complete this assignment to ensure that eligibility requirements for the course are met.

The student completes the Disclosure Statement Form Template to acknowledge and verify and charges, convictions, citations, etc. and to grant permission to the field education staff of the BSSW program to release information from the Disclosure Statement Form Template for the purpose of arranging field placements.  

The student will assess personal readiness and current life activities and responsibilities in preparation for field placement. The student will review the article and reflect on each component of the SHAPE model and respond to the questions provided in a Word document. For each of the 5 components, the student must state in 1-2 sentences why he/she ranked it accordingly, then identify 1-2 areas in which he/she needs to grow, including a personal course of action to improve in these areas to facilitate field preparedness.

The student will utilize provided information to complete a resume revision in preparation for an internship or employment.

If an Area of Needed Growth was specified in the student’s Gate Decision email, the student will need to submit the associated documentation to show that the student has been growing in that specific area. Directions are provided in the assigned Module for what to do if no Areas of Needed Growth were noted in the Gate Decision email.

The student will begin to plan for next semester in preparation for the commitment of field placement.

The student will complete placement proposal forms and demonstrate that the placement will meet agency, task, supervision, and schedule requirements according to CSWE and LU guidelines.

The student will complete this form to indicate his/her understanding of the process in place for changes made to field experiences (supervision, schedule, department, etc.).

The student will not submit anything for this assignment. The student's assigned field advisor will indicate whether the proposal has been approved, after the entire proposal (Forms #1-6) have been submitted correctly and completely.

The student will not submit anything for this assignment. At this point in the semester, all field proposals will have been reviewed and either approved or denied.

The student will not submit anything for this assignment. The student must successfully complete all assignments in this course and receive full approval on a field placement proposal to be eligible for Gate Approval.

Quizzes: Forms (6)

These quizzes will cover the Learn material for the assigned module. These quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, contain 1 short answer question, and will have no time limit.

The student will complete quizzes throughout the course that cover information from each assigned Learn section. Specific details are provided on each quiz.