Field Education

Our experiential approach to social work education means that your curriculum will be rooted in hands-on practice, face-to-face communication, and real-world engagement. This philosophy infuses every aspect of student life, including UNE’s one-of-a-kind Interprofessional Education Collaborative, our pioneering use of simulations and of course, our extensive network of field education community partners—the largest in Maine.

As a social work student, your education—and your ability to do good, right away—is enhanced immeasurably by the field placements our program provides. These placements allow you to integrate your theoretical knowledge—what you’re learning in the classroom—with real-world professional practice. The unique structure of our field education program ensures that you will have genuinely fulfilling, highly educational, individualized field experiences. 


Student Testimonials

Master of Social Work: Study Alongside Faculty

Master of Social Work: Projects Beyond Class

Six reasons why field education positions you for a rewarding career:

  • Intensive experiences: You complete two field placements of 560 hours each, unless you are an Advanced Standing student, in which case you complete only one 560-hour field placement.
  • Personalized planning: Our full-time field faculty members work with you to find the agency/organization that best meets your personal and educational goals.
  • Student choice: You interview with several agencies/organizations before making your decision. The School of Social Work has relationships with agencies in a wide range of practice contexts, including mental and physical health, poverty and homelessness, services for children and families, juvenile and criminal justice, treatment of addiction and trauma, community and political organizing, and arts-based justice work.
  • Flexibility: Your field placements can be completed over an entire academic year, or in more compact “blocks.” 
  • Supervision: You receive at least one and a half hours of field instruction per week from an M.S.W.-level field instructor.
  • Support: Our field advisors lead weekly field seminars, giving you the opportunity to discuss your experiences with other students.