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Field Education

Field Education is often identified by graduates of social work programs as the most important and memorable element of their educational experience. The Council on Social Work Education states that field education is the signature pedagogy in social work education.  Because of the importance of field learning, field practice is required as a key component of the curriculum. Field and Task Supervisors are valued for their teaching, supervision, and modeling of professionalism in social work to field education students.

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Steps to securing a field placement:

1. Submit the Field Application and your resume to the Field Education office.

2. The Field Education office will review your application and contact you one quarter before you begin your field placement.

  • Schedule an informal interview with the Field Education Director or satellite office Field Coordinator to discuss your interests and agencies for possible field placement opportunities. 

3. Have a formal interview with potential field placement agency.

  • Prior to an interview, you will send a resume and cover letter to your placement contact provided to you by the Field Education Office.
  • Once you are accepted to the position, inform the Field Education office and to obtain final paperwork to finalize your field placement. 

BSW Students

  • Must complete 400 hours of field education.
  • Field education may be completed over a full academic year, in two quarters, or in one quarter through a block placement.
  • Complete 1 hour of supervision by a BSW or MSW post 2 years’ experience each week.

MSW Students

  • Advanced Standing students must complete a minimum of 600 hours and begin their field placements during fall term.
  • Regular Standing students must complete a minimum of 900 hours and begin their field placements during winter term of their first year.
  • Complete 1 hour of supervision by an MSW post 2 years’ experience each week.

Field education placement locations

The Field Education Office works hard to find you a placement in your community. Listed below are some places that students have been placed however placements fluctuate based on need. A placement in one of these agencies or organizations is not guaranteed. Always work with the Field Director to establish an approved field placement—your current place of employment could be a field placement option.

International placements are also an option. We've had students placed in locations like Ghana and Estonia and we work with Student Missions to approve international field placements.

Deisy Haid, Field Education Director

M.S.W, L.C.S.W, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2472



Tri Cities

  • Catholic Family and Child Services
  • Grace Clinic
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center
  • Lourdes Health Network
  • The Chaplaincy (Corks Place)

Walla Walla

  • Catholic Community Services
  • Children's Administration (DCFS)
  • Children's Home Society/Juvenile Justice Center
  • Christian Aid Center
  • College Place Public Schools
  • Comprehensive Health
  • Comprehensive Healthcare
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • Helpline
  • Impact Life Transitions
  • Lincoln High School
  • Lourdes Counseling Center
  • Park Manor
  • Rogers Adventist School
  • Serenity Point Counseling
  • Service Alternatives
  • The Health Center
  • Walla Walla Community Hospice
  • Walla Walla Valley Academy
  • WWU Counseling and Testing Center
  • YWCA




La Grande


  • Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center





Garden Valley

  • Project Patch

Kayleith Pellandini

Billings Field Education Coordinator

M.S.W., Instructor of Social Work and Sociology

(406) 254-9907

Karen Emerson, Missoula Field Education Coordinator

M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Instructor of Social Work and Sociology

(406) 549-1797

Last update on October 2, 2018