Field education is the cornerstone of a successful social work practice. This program provides students a supervised and supportive learning opportunity where they can master and synthesize social work knowledge, values and skills. We work closely with community agencies and organizations to ensure that real-world experience complements classroom theory and research. Our goal is to facilitate the mastery of competencies and practice behaviors that support a successful social work career.


Student resources

Field education is where you will apply your classroom learning in a real-world setting, and it can be the most transformational part of your education in social work. The UW Social Work Field Office supports students academically and professionally. We provide our students with a range of one-on-one support to facilitate your practice experience from your first placement to Commencement.

Resources to Support Your Goals

Become a field education site

Field education sites provide rich learning opportunities for our students who bring the latest social work thinking and research to their positions. Please complete the Agency/Field Instructor Interest Form to find out more.

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Exploring BIPOC food justice

MSW student Olivia Jacobs was ready to study food justice and build links between Black and Indigenous urban farmers in Washington state and British Columbia as part of her field education placement. Then the pandemic closed the border. 

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