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


Shyan Stivers

Shyan Stivers

University of Kentucky (UKY) student, Shyan Stivers, was recently awarded a Legislative Research Commission (LRC) fellowship through the 2020-2021 Graduate Fellows Program in Frankfort, KY.
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1LT Jamie Webb

1LT Jamie Webb

Army First Lieutenant (1LT), and College of Social Work (CoSW) master of social work (MSW) student, Jamie Webb, has been recognized as the National Association
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Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess

Sergeant Samantha Hess, with the University of Kentucky Police Department, is a student in the College Master in Social Work Program.
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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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Events


August 4, 2020, 10:00 am
Virtual Continuing Education Course: Understanding Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

Virtual Continuing Education Course: Understanding Pediatric Abusive H...

Virtual Continuing Education Course: Understanding Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma - Register Here Course Description: Pursuant to legislation passed in the 2010 Kentucky General Assembly, training on
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August 6, 2020, 1:00 pm
Virtual Continuing Education Course: Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Neglect And Exploitation

Virtual Continuing Education Course: Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, N...

Virtual Continuing Education Course: Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation - Register Here Course Description: The presenter will explore multiple issues, factors, and systems as
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August 7, 2020, 4:30 pm
Ph.D. Program Alumni Virtual Happy Hour

Ph.D. Program Alumni Virtual Happy Hour

The College of Social Work invites you to join your fellow Ph.D. program alum from the comfort of your home. Change out of your daytime
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News


Third MSW Student Awarded LTJ Fellowship

Third MSW Student Awarded LTJ Fellowship

Incoming Master of Social Work (MSW) student Eman Ghoneim now joins her fellow incoming MSW student Quinten Harris and current
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Loeffler Awarded 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award

Loeffler Awarded 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award

Each year, the University of Kentucky recognizes faculty and graduate teaching assistants for outstanding teaching during its UK Faculty Awards
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UK Collaborative Team Receives Funding To Refurbish & Provide Essential Medical Equipment

UK Collaborative Team Receives Funding To Refurbish & Provide Essential ...

Roughly 1 in 7 Americans live with a disability that impacts daily mobility. The average cost of a wheelchair ranges
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