Field Education

Field education affords students the opportunity to work directly with professionals in the field who have a passion for and commitment to preparing future social workers.  Students will gain practice experience as interns in a wide variety of social work and inter-professional settings, including clinical social work, schools, child welfare, gerontology, policy practice, community organizing, mental and behavioral health, international practice, and medical social work, among others. 

The UK Difference

Find Your Path

Field Education connects students with placements that provide opportunities for fulfilling their future career goals.

Strategic Field Advising

Supportive and high impact advising  helps students navigate the field placement process

Exceptional Career Prep Support

Our graduates have the highest clinical pass rates in Kentucky, and are well above the national average. Our students receive career counseling, mentoring, and post-graduation mentorship to ensure successful transition into social work practice

Flexible Placement Options

 

Select from a large, diverse list of agency placements that provide a variety of available hours for  experiential learning.

Multiple Certificate Options

MSW students have the option to earn specialized certificates in Clinical Social Work, Child Welfare, Military Behavioral Health, Rural Population Wellbeing, Integrative Behavioral Health, and Substance Use Disorder with unique coordinated practicum opportunities.

Centers and Labs

CoSW is home to several unique research centers and labs, including the Training Resource Center, Interdisciplinary Research Center on Children and Families, Kentucky Kinship Resource Center, Self-Care Lab, Suicide Prevention and Exposure Lab, and Military Behavior Health Lab. Practicum placements within these entities provide unique learning and research opportunities

300+

Student field placement sites

#1

KY rank for licensing pass rates

97%

Students who receive some type of financial aid

Student Spotlights


Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess, with the University of Kentucky Police Department, is a student in the College masters in social work program. Sgt. Hess, like those
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Hoda Shalash

Hoda Shalash

Hoda Shalash is like many students in college. She thought she knew what she wanted to major in, and for three years, Hoda worked toward
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Tamara Vest

Tamara Vest

When Tamara Vest was just nine years old, her father and primary caregiver, died. Her mother, who had substance abuse issues, was not an option
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Daniel Beasley

Daniel Beasley

For some, going to college after high school is a no-brainer. But for Daniel Beasley, pursuing higher education wasn't an option.
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Events


April 7, 2020, 6:00 pm
Northeastern Region Virtual ASK Meeting

Northeastern Region Virtual ASK Meeting

Led by: Deanna Helton Training Topic: Stress Management for Caregivers April 7, 2020, 6:00 PM Eastern Time Registration request: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/up0rdOGorDMqmsyf7NBCJE_MU4b6TRYZfQ ASK virtual support group meetings
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April 7, 2020, 8:00 pm
Two Rivers Region Virtual ASK Meeting

Two Rivers Region Virtual ASK Meeting

Led by: Antoine & Jeremiah Smith-Rouse Training Topic: A Guide to Coping with Allegations April 7, 2020, 8:00 PM Central Time Registration request: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upUqc-yqpj0u9L29n8t5qlQcRhaVz1pe4w
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April 8, 2020, 9:00 am
Virtual Drop-in with Dr. Kalea Benner

Virtual Drop-in with Dr. Kalea Benner

"Drop-in" with Dr. Kalea Benner, the Master of Social Work program director! Dr. Benner will be holding a virtual meeting for students to drop-in and
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News


Dr. David Royse receives William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award

Dr. David Royse receives William Holmes McGuffey Longev...

The eighth edition of Research Methods in Social Work has received a William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award from the Textbook
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Dean Jay Miller Named Social Worker of The Year

Dean Jay Miller Named Social Worker of The Year

College of Social Work (COSW) Dean Jay Miller has been named 2020 Social Worker of The Year. Dean Miller received
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University 1st in Kentucky to Launch Online Doctorate of Social Work degree

University 1st in Kentucky to Launch Online Doctorate o...

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2020) — It's a daunting, but necessary task – serving the most vulnerable members of our
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