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


July 26, 2021, 5:00 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

Topic: Strategies for Parenting Teens Facilitated by: Theresa Shell-Goldsby July 26, 2021, 5-6:30 PM CST To register for this group training, visit here, and
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July 26, 2021, 6:00 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Rachael Wall

ASK-VIP Group Training with Rachael Wall

Topic: Understanding the Brain and Fear Responses in Traumatized Children Facilitated by: Rachael Wall July 26, 2021, 6:00-7:30 PM EST To register for
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July 28, 2021, 5:00 pm
ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

ASK-VIP Group Training with Theresa Shell-Goldsby

Topic: Strategies to Remain Positive When Adopting Facilitated by: Theresa Shell-Goldsby July 28, 2021, 5:00-6:30 PM CST To register for this group training,
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News


Q&A with Sabri Williams

Q&A with Sabri Williams

Sabri Williams, who graduated from the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program in May of 2020, is currently working
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CoSW Receives Funding from UK CURE COVID-19 Pilot Program

CoSW Receives Funding from UK CURE COVID-19 Pilot Program

It is no surprise that COVID-19 has been associated with an increase in stress and anxiety. With a lack of
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Flaherty Releases New Textbook and Webinar

Flaherty Releases New Textbook and Webinar

Disability studies and human service professions aim to address persistent and emerging issues. To begin addressing those issues, Associate Professor
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We're excited to welcome @Shari_Davis1 to DSW RezWeek! Join us on YouTube on Tuesday, July 27 at 11 a.m. EST to hear them speak. A Q&A session will follow.

Shari was a 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow and currently serves as Co-Executive Chair at Participatory Budgeting Project.

DYK: Today is #NationalBeSomeoneDay, which highlights the fight against child abuse.

The @ukcosw Child Welfare Practice Certificate provides in-depth study and development of the necessary expertise to serve children and families in need. ↓
http://uknow.uky.edu/campus-news/covid-19-highlights-need-trained-social-workers-child-welfare-certificate

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