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


October 27, 2020, 1:00 pm
Virtual Drop-In Undergraduate Advising

Virtual Drop-In Undergraduate Advising

Drop-in Advising is available through Zoom: Tuesdays 1 pm-2 pm (through November 24th) Drop-In Advising Zoom Link: https://uky.zoom.us/j/94047582194 (you will be in a virtual waiting room
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October 28, 2020, 3:00 pm
Virtual Director's Chat with Dr. Diane Loeffler

Virtual Director’s Chat with Dr. Diane Loeffler

“Drop-in” to talk with Dr. Diane Loeffler, Director of Undergraduate Programs in the College of Social Work. Dr. Loeffler is available to talk with prospective
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October 30, 2020, 9:00 am
Virtual Drop-In Undergraduate Advising

Virtual Drop-In Undergraduate Advising

Drop-in Advising is available through Zoom: Fridays 9 am-10 am (through November 20th) Drop-In Advising Zoom Link: https://uky.zoom.us/j/93866028526 (you will be in a virtual waiting room until
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News


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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UK Social Work, National Association of Public Defense Partner to Study Self-Care Among Public Defense Professionals

UK Social Work, National Association of Public Defense Partner to Study Self-...

While working in public defense can undoubtedly be challenging, research shows that those working in that field face many of
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UK Social Work Launches Program to Support Kinship Caregivers

UK Social Work Launches Program to Support Kinship Caregivers

By Lindsey Piercy. LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2020) — More and more family members are providing safe homes to children of
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