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


MSW Student Earns Degree from Spain

MSW Student Earns Degree from S...

Earning your Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky (UK) is obtainable regardless of
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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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Events


October 18, 2021, 5:00 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

Topic: Twenty Things Adoptive Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew Facilitated by: Theresa Shell-Goldsby October 18, 2021, 5:00-6:30 PM CST To register for
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October 18, 2021, 6:00 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Kay Upton

ASK-VIP Group Training with Kay Upton

Topic: Confidentiality in Foster Care Facilitated by: Kay Upton October 18, 2021, 6:00-7:30 PM EST To register for this group training, visit here,
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October 18, 2021, 7:30 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Angela Jamison

ASK-VIP Group Training with Angela Jamison

Topic: Teaching Growth Mindset to Children Facilitated by: Angela Jamison October 18, 2021, 7:30-9:00 PM EST To register for this group training, visit
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News


New Study Offers Insight on Impact of Masculinity on the Mental Health of Gay Black Men

New Study Offers Insight on Impact of Masculinity on the Mental Health of Gay...

A recent study conducted by University of Kentucky College of Social Work researcher Keith J. Watts, Ph.D., discusses the social
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Dean Miller Named Friend of School Social Work

Dean Miller Named Friend of School Social Work

Dr. Jay Miller, Dean at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, received the 2021 Friend of School Social
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College of Social Work Study Examines Effect of Intimate Partner Violence on Employment of Mothers With Young Children

College of Social Work Study Examines Effect of Intimate Partner Violence on ...

Results of a new study from the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky indicate mothers experiencing intimate
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