Field Education is a distinct and vital component of our social work degree programs. Field education is designed to provide positive learning environments that cultivate leadership, increase knowledge, develop, and refine skills, and strengthen social work values in preparation for professional practice. While in their field placements, students are expected to learn and contribute, demonstrating the social work competencies and having an impact at individual, group and community levels.
Students will work directly with social work professionals and mentors as they connect theory, knowledge, and skill-building gained in the classroom to social work practice settings. Our field program offers students a diverse array of practice opportunities in more than 1000 sites. Students can select from existing partner agencies or suggest new placement sites that align with specialized placement sites for clinical, child welfare, school, and military certificates, as well as substance use disorder and other areas of focus and practice.
Our faculty, staff, and agency field instructors are committed to developing outstanding social work professionals — leaders who will serve individuals, families, and communities through innovative and effective practices that are guided by strong ethics and values, a commitment to social justice, diversity and equity, and a keen and compassionate understanding of the human condition.