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Field Education

Students in field placements work under the supervision of EXPERIENCED SOCIAL WORK PROFESSIONALS in a variety of settings to practice the integration of theory, research, and practice. Placement settings might include: schools, courts, hospitals, nursing homes, state agencies, emergency shelters, residential programs, mental health organizations, and addiction treatment centers.

Field education is a REQUIRED CRITICAL COMPONENT of each student’s academic program. While other academic disciplines may use the word “internship” to describe this applied learning experience, the social work field experience is very IN-DEPTH AND EXTENSIVE.

At UTCSW, WE MAKE THE CONNECTION FOR YOU! The Field Coordinator for your program will work with you to EXPLORE your practice interests, IDENTIFY and APPROVE prospective placements for you, and FACILITATE your placement interviews.

Field Instructor Elizabeth Waters with student Mary “Boo” McWaters.

Here are a Few of our
Field Partner Organizations

Knox county schools logo
Mcnabb center logo
TN department of children services logo
health connect America logo
Omni Community health logo
Bradford health services logo
boys and girls club of the tennessee valley logo
ywca knoxville logo
children's hospital at vanderbilt logo
sexual assault center logo
room in the inn logo
Tennessee Justice center logo
metro nashville public schools logo
tennessee immigrant and refugee rights coalition logo
Nashville collaborative counseling center logo
oasis youth community action logo

Field Student of the Year

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