The Council for Social Work Education calls the field practicum “the signature pedagogy of social work education.” Through field placements with a variety of social work, human services, healthcare, education, and community development agencies, BSW and MSW students participate in active skill-building and support a wide range of client populations. Students can develop and master skills in the areas of case management; clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups; integrated health care; community advocacy and outreach; mediation; and research.
The Department of Social Work partners with over 125 private, government, and non-profit organizations across Western North Carolina to support the next generation of social work leadership in our region. These agencies include hospitals, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers, community mental health agencies, advocacy centers, homeless shelters, schools, and many others, and serve a diverse population of clients, including members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Our Director of Field Education and dedicated faculty support students throughout their field experience, while Field Instructors within each partner agency are committed to providing engaging and rigorous learning opportunities.
BSW students complete 448 hours in a field placement during their final semester in the program.
MSW students complete a one-semester, 336-hour Foundation placement during their first year of the program and a two-semester, 672-hour Specialization placement during their second year. Advanced Standing students complete only the Specialization placement.
Please see the BSW and MSW Field Manuals for further details: