Field education is the cornerstone of a successful social work practice. This program provides students a supervised and supportive learning opportunity where they can master and synthesize social work knowledge, values and skills. We work closely with community agencies and organizations to ensure that real-world experience complements classroom theory and research. Our goal is to facilitate the mastery of competencies and practice behaviors that support a successful social work career.


Become a field education site

Field education sites provide rich learning opportunities for our students who bring the latest social work thinking and research to their positions. To become a field education site, please complete and submit the Agency/Field Instructor Interest Form.

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Join the WDI-agency network

The Washington State Behavioral Health Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) is designed to increase the number and diversity of highly qualified clinicians in community-based behavioral health agencies. Your agency may qualify as a WDI-approved field education site.

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Exploring BIPOC food justice

MSW student Olivia Jacobs was ready to study food justice and build links between Black and Indigenous urban farmers in Washington state and British Columbia as part of her field education placement. Then the pandemic closed the border. 

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Social work student resources

The Office of Field Education supports students by providing information on funding resources and social work credentialing to ensure their advancement from their first field-education experience to their transition as practicing professionals following graduation.

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