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


Irina Osmolovska

Irina Osmolovska

With students ranging from Kentucky to New York, Texas to Wisconsin, earning your Master in Social Work (MSW) degree at the College of Social Work
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Doctoral Candidate Receives ISTSS Student Registration Award

Doctoral Candidate Receives IST...

Theresia Pachner, a doctoral candidate at the College of Social Work, has received a Student Registration Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
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Q&A with Shauna Kitts

Q&A with Shauna Kitts

Undergraduate student Shauna Kitts was recently announced as one of the 31 new 2020 Chellgren Student Fellows. Kitts, a first-generation student in the College of
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Emily Moseley Awarded HDI’s Paul Kevin Burberry Award

Emily Moseley Awarded HDI’s Pau...

Story by Beth Potter, HDI Director of Information Services The University of Kentucky (UK) Human Development Institute (HDI) has awarded the prestigious Paul Kevin Burberry
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Events


January 17, 2021, 6:00 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Antoine & Jeremiah Smith-Rouse

ASK-VIP Group Training with Antoine & Jeremiah Smith-Rouse

Topic: Healthy Boundaries in Teenage Relationships Facilitated by: Antoine & Jeremiah Smith-Rouse January 17, 2021, 6-7:30 PM CST To register for this group training, visit
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January 18, 2021, 7:30 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Angela Jamison

ASK-VIP Group Training with Angela Jamison

Topic: ARC Meetings and IEPs: The Basics Facilitated by: Angela Jamison January 18, 2021, 7:30-9 PM EST To register for this group training, visit here,
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January 19, 2021, 9:00 am
Milieu Management: Leading Groups and Creating Structure for Positive Treatment Experiences

Milieu Management: Leading Groups and Creating Structure for Positive ...

Course Description: Many treatment providers are employed at facilities or agencies that utilize a group process to enhance client treatment.  This 3-hour workshop will provide
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News


Success Against All Odds: From Aging Out of Foster Care to Social Work Grad

Success Against All Odds: From Aging Out of Foster Care to Social Work Grad

Can you recall a time when you felt the odds were stacked against you? It’s a common phrase you’ve most
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UK Social Work Launching Support Group for Adopted Kentucky Teens

UK Social Work Launching Support Group for Adopted Kentucky Teens

By Lindsey Piercy LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2020) — In Kentucky there are nearly 10,000 young people in foster care,
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UK Social Work’s Garcia named RWJF Fellow

UK Social Work’s Garcia named RWJF Fellow

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work (CoSW) announced today that Dr. Antonio Garcia, Associate Professor, has been selected
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