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Field Education Program


Current Students                   Prospective Students

Field Instructors and Task Supervisors

“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:

If you have a question regarding which of these two databases to use, please contact Linda Pridgen-Braswell at

Because of limited public transportation in North Carolina, students are responsible for securing transportation to their field placements regardless of location.



Using Field as a Proxy for Change
1/18/17 & 2/22/17, Room 135, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Must register to participate both days)

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Important resources for students and field instructors:

Field Education Faculty and Staff

Field FAQs

Field Education Calendar 2016-2017

Checklist for the Pre-Placement Interview

                                                           Hours in Field 2016-2017

                                  Sexual and Gender Diversity Resources

"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. 

Safety in the Field Handout

Resources for Worker Safety, Self Care and Secondary Trauma

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:
Rebecca Brigham
Director, Field Education Program
(919) 962-6532(919) 962-6532


UNC School of Social Work students salute their field instructors