Field Education Program
|“Field placements help students to develop and practice the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom in real world situations … and create a whole picture of the profession.”
- Rebecca Brigham, director School of Social Work Field Education Program
Each semester, MSW students are placed in more than 250 government, nonprofit and other human services agencies throughout North Carolina. Students are exposed to numerous career possibilities and challenges and receive hands-on experience working directly or indirectly with older adults, children and families, or individuals served within the mental health system. Students generally contribute more than 130,000 hours – an estimated $1.2 million value - to these agencies.
Specific assignments are detailed in the Student Learning Agreement of the Field Education Manual.
To access our online information systems:
- Field Placements involving Chapel Hill, Full-Time Advanced Standing and Foundation students go to our School of Social Work Information System (SSWiS).
- Field Placements involving Distance Education and Chapel Hill, Full Time Concentration students go to our Flying Bridge Database.
If you have a question regarding which of these two databases to use, please contact Linda Pridgen-Braswell at email@example.com.
Because of limited public transportation in North Carolina, students are responsible for securing transportation to their field placements regardless of location.
FREE TWO-DAY TRAINING FOR CURRENT UNC SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK FIELD INSTRUCTORS & TASK SUPERVISORS!
Using Field as a Proxy for Change
Important resources for students and field instructors:
"Outstanding in the Field" - A series of articles spotlighting the experiences of students and their field instructors.
Out in the Field brochure: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and social work field education.
Field Educator: The Field Educator is an open access journal dedicated to the exchange of knowledge between field educators in academia and those in the practice community.
For more information, contact:
Director, Field Education Program
(919) 962-6532(919) 962-6532
UNC School of Social Work students salute their field instructors