Social Work students in conversation

What is Field Education?

Field Education is student engagement with faculty and community social work practitioners in credit-bearing practicum experiences.

Students learn through:

  • Profound and relational practice opportunities across multiple settings and multiple fields of practice.
  • Collaborative approaches to professional social work consultation, supervision, and mentorship.
  • Contributions to the work, commitments, and mission of the organization within which they are placed.
  • Personal development of deep and meaningful areas of interest and concerns upon which to focus their own entrance into professional practice, advocacy, and/or activism

For more information about UVM's Social Work department and programs, see our About Us, Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW), and Master's of Social Work (MSW) pages.

For information regarding Field Work, see the sections, below.

For Field Instructors and Supervisors

PDF icon Roles:
Student and Program Evaluations
Field Instructor Training Videos

Want to be a Field Instructor?

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Annual Field Instructor Award

Ellie Breitmaier received the 2017-2018 Field Instructor Award for her exceptional work with our students at State of Vermont - Department of Children and Families. PDF icon Read more. See also PDF icon Previous Recipients (pdf).

Field Instructor Longevity Award

Field Instructors Valerie Koropatnik and Ikey Spear
The Longevity Award honored field instructors for their lengths of service. Valerie Koropatnik (left), a Social Worker at HowardCenter's Westview House, has been a field instructor for 22 years and has worked with 43 students. Ikey Spear (right), a Social Work Children's Director at STEPS to End Domestic Violence, has been a field instructor for 19 years and has worked with 45 students.