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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 four out of 20 courses – 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.

Our expert field team has extensive professional experience in the field of social work. We will place you at organizations throughout New Jersey, greater New York City, and greater Philadelphia. If you are a student in the MSW 100% Online program, you have field placement opportunities throughout the country. Second-year field placements allow you to concentrate on either direct clinical practice or management and policy. Click here for Field Education forms.

Rutgers School of Social Work formally affiliates with a variety of field agencies to provide you with training opportunities across the spectrum, including:

  • Agency management
  • Behavioral health
  • Child welfare
  • Community organization and development
  • Crisis intervention housing and homelessness issues
  • Domestic violence prevention and intervention
  • Fundraising
  • Human resources
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Policy analysis
  • Nonprofit finance
  • Nonprofit marketing
  • Strategic planning
  • Veteran services

For more information, contact us.

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