Office of Field Education
The Office of Field Education provides experiential, practical learning to help you become the agent of change you envision. Our field education program, based upon educational policies and standards established by the Council on Social Work Education, helps prepare you to become a practicing professional social worker.
MSW students will spend 12 out of 60 credits – 1,125 hours – in the field. You will make a difference while you are being trained, and you will continue to make a difference after you receive your degree and social work licensure. In each field practicum, which is both an academic course for degree credit as well as an intern experience, you become socialized into the social work profession. You serve alongside professional social workers and are supervised by experienced field instructors. The core professional competencies that you acquire and demonstrate while working in field education are the evidence of your success.
Rutgers School of Social Work formally affiliates with a variety of field agencies to provide you with training opportunities across the spectrum, including:
Addiction-focused | Aging | Behavioral Health | Child Welfare | Criminal Justice | Crisis Intervention | Developmental Disabilities | Homelessness/Housing | Healthcare/Hospitals | Interpersonal violence prevention and counseling | LGBTQIA+ programs | Mental health | Macro focused programs (policy, fundraising, program management) | Schools | Trauma-Informed Care
Want to get a glimpse into one student's field experience? MSW student Nimit Kaur, who is doing field work at Youth Consultation Services (YCS), was recently spotlighted in YCS' newsletter about her work with YCS.