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


June 8, 2020, 5:00 pm
Virtual MSW Info Session

Virtual MSW Info Session

Join Graduate Program Director, Dr. Kalea Benner, and College of Social Work personnel as we discuss our Master of Social Work program. Topics will include:
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June 11, 2020, 1:00 pm
Virtual Social Work Career Panel

Virtual Social Work Career Panel

Join us for a candid discussion with three UK College of Social Work alumni as they answer questions about their careers and experience in the
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June 18, 2020, 1:00 pm
Virtual Drop-in with Dr. Natalie Pope

Virtual Drop-in with Dr. Natalie Pope

“Drop-in” with Dr. Natalie Pope, Director of Doctoral Programs! Dr. Pope will be holding a virtual meeting for Ph.D. students to drop-in and ask questions,
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News


CoSW Welcomes First Summer Online MSW Cohort

CoSW Welcomes First Summer Online MSW Cohort

From just down the street in Lexington, to as south as Florida, as east as Massachusetts, and as far away
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New Cohort of IBH Students Awarded $290,000

New Cohort of IBH Students Awarded $290,000

When financial barriers prevent hard-working students from succeeding in college, every penny in scholarships and grants can make a difference.
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CoSW Offers New Virtual Trainings for Foster Parents

CoSW Offers New Virtual Trainings for Foster Parents

As with most in-person programs, changing to a virtual format has been more than necessary to continue providing services amidst
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"There can be no half-measures when it comes to actualizing justice… Justice is an action word.”-@DrJayMiller1
Read Dean Miller’s moving note to the @UKCoSW community here: https://mailchi.mp/uky.edu/justice-is-an-action-word.
@AcademicChatter @NASW_Kentucky

- Self-Care Possibilities Project -
Abbie Latimer shared with us what she's doing during this pandemic to maintain her self-care!

Share with us your self-care for our Self-Care Possibilities Project! ENTER YOUR SELF-CARE POSSIBILITY MESSAGE HERE: http://bit.ly/2JywfDI

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