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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, Assistant Dean for Field Education

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, go to our School of Social Work Information System (SSWiS).

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

Important resources for students and field instructors:

Field Education Team

Field Education Team

Field Education Faculty and Staff

Field FAQs

Field Education Calendar 2019-2020

Checklist for the Pre-Placement Interview

Hours in Field 2019-2020 updated reflected change due to COVID-19



Field Education CoVid 19 Protocol

Field education strategies for remote competency development

April 2020 field hours reduction

Online training options revised 3/23/2020

Analysis of COVID-19 Through the Lens of the 9 Social Work Competencies

Engaging in Telehealth/Telemental health in field education

Ethical Challenges and CoVid 19

Field Education Annual Report

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 policy and procedures

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
Assistant Dean for Field Education
(919) 962-6532


UNC School of Social Work students salute their field instructors