Field Education is a distinct yet integral component of our social work degree programs. Through the Field Education Practicum, students are provided the unique opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom and work directly with clients in their communities under the supervision of experienced social workers.

UK’s College of Social Work is centrally located in Lexington Kentucky, often called the heart of the Bluegrass.  The Field Education Office coordinates with over 300 local and state agencies across the Commonwealth. Through Field Education students learn how to:

  • Make a difference in the lives of youth looking for a support system at foster care agencies.
  • Provide planning and administrative services to neighborhood organizations.
  • Utilize treatment and intervention methods at addiction and substance abuse programs.
  • Connect with ageing individuals at senior centers and nursing facilities
  • Test their outreach skills at community organizations.
  • Advocate for victims in the criminal justice system.
  • Respond to childrens behaviroal healthcare needs in school settings.
  • Address families psychosocial barriers in hospitals and clinics.
  • Support military personnel facing deployment.
  • Assist veterans coping with the physical and psychological effects upon returning to their communities.

By design, Field Education is at the heart of the social work curriculum. Field Education is where social work happens.