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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 Faculty and Staff

Overview of Field Education Program

FAQ's 2020-2021

Field Education Calendar 2020-2021

Hours in Field 2020-2021

Student Field Placement Agreement

 Special Programs

 Field Education Training Series:  Research and Evaluation in Practice

 UNC Prime Care

 UNC Prime Care Field Placements

 Child Welfare Education Collaborative

 Field Education Annual Report

Sexual and Gender Diversity Resources

Out in the Field brochure: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and social work field education. 

For more information, contact:
Rebecca Brigham
Assistant Dean for Field Education
(919) 962-6532


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UNC School of Social Work students salute their field instructors