Our on-campus option offers you traditional face-to-face learning opportunities in small, intimate classes with engaged and enthusiastic faculty. Our teaching is consistently high quality and you will leave each class transformed by the experience.
We also offer hybrid course options, which blend distance education with face-to-face learning. This model offers you the opportunity for in-person teacher and peer interaction, together with the flexibility and expansiveness of asynchronous distance learning. Our hybrid courses are scheduled with two weeks of online learning to one week of campus face-to-face interaction. Face-to-face classes meet every third week, which allows you to juggle other time demands and not have to spend as much time on campus, while continuing your learning experience.
Field education is a cornerstone of social work training. As a school, we demonstrate our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities to do work in the field by offering personalized field planning, an emphasis on student choice, attentive field supervision, and a supportive weekly field seminar.
Learning Through Action
In our on-campus and hybrid course options, we emphasize learning through action. Faculty members, in partnership with other UNE resources and community organizations, create several innovative, context-based learning opportunities for you.
You participate in classes that take place entirely or partially in community settings. For example, you might take:
- Our new course on Empowering Cultural Education, designed and co-taught by Maine immigrant community leaders
- A course on homelessness where you will take field trips to community organizations serving the homeless.
- A class on crime and communities that takes place inside a county jail, allowing you to work alongside inmates to analyze the politics of crime and punishment and the challenges of rehabilitation and reentry.
- A course on aging that takes you into an independent living residence for older adults.
You engage in projects supported by UNE’s Office of Service Learning. Some of the programs you might work with include the Oxford Street Shelter, Milestone Home, and the Cumberland County Jail.
You benefit from classroom, co-curricular, and extracurricular learning opportunities along with students enrolled in other health and humanities programs at UNE. For example:
- Team Immersion - Enhance your classroom experience, clinical practice, and future prospects by participating in the Intensive Team-Based Learning (IPTI) experience, offered 1-2 times per semester. Employers are seeking graduates trained in collaboration because evidence shows that high-functioning teams can improve quality care delivery and reduce medical missteps.
- The Strategies to Nurture Aging People (SNAP) initiative presents an exciting interprofessional experience in which you work with faculty and other students to design and implement a fall prevention course for independently-living older adults. You meet weekly as a team over the semester to learn about interprofessional communication, fall reduction strategies, health literacy, and characteristics of the older adult cohort, as well as to design a six-week fall prevention course.
- The interdisciplinary play group brings you together with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing majors to learn about childhood development and programs geared toward early intervention and health promotion.
When I was a student at UNE, I took part in the Interprofessional Team Immersion (IPTI) program. The main focus of IPTI is not the plan of care, but to create a respectful, cohesive team that can communicate well with providers and patients alike. I now utilize this training daily as I facilitate meetings with practitioners in multiple disciplines. With the training I received from UNE’s interprofessional education collaborative, I am able to participate in and facilitate these meetings with confidence, knowledge and experience. - Rosanna Bowman, M.S.W. '16
You will develop your skills in UNE’s Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center, converting theory into practice in simulated therapy sessions with actors. The sessions are recorded so that you can later review your work.
Global Social Work
Twice per year, you have the opportunity to join other Social Work majors and majors from other allied health programs at UNE to travel to western Ghana. Through the trip, you provide direct care services, community health education, and other support to individuals living in urban and rural communities.