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Field Practicum Education

Field practicum education is the signature pedagogy of social work education, integrating the theoretical and conceptual contribution of the classroom with the professional world of the practice setting.

What to Expect

We design field practicum education to prepare you for the challenges and rewards of effective social work practice. As a student practitioner, you will integrate the knowledge, skills and values you have learned in the classroom and apply them to real-world social work situations. You will earn course credit for field practicum education which is scheduled concurrently with other classes.



Field practicum education is structured in accordance with the Council on Social Work Education and our field practicum instructors adhere to the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics. To be eligible for graduation, the following field practicum education hours are required:

Over the course of two integrative seminar classes (SOWK 781 and SOWK 782), students will benefit from approximately 400 hours of mentorship by a MSW credentialed Field practicum instructor. 

Over the course of two practicum courses (SOWK 783 and SOWK 784), students will benefit from approximately 500 hours of mentorship by a MSW credentialed field practicum instructor. 

Placement Opportunities

The College of Social Work provides social work practicum education in partnership with more than 400 organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Examples of field practicum placements include:

  • Administration
  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Development
  • Community Mental Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Family Services
  • Gerontology
  • Health and Mental Health
  • Hospice
  • Hospital Social Work
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Occupational Social Work
  • Policy Practice
  • Program Evaluation
  • School Social Work



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