Winter 2021
School Updates

Field Education Office

Field Education Office Seeks New Instructors and Agencies to Support Student Placements

Every year, the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work places hundreds of social work students in professional field placements to complete a key component of their social work education. These placements help social work students to expand their practice knowledge while also supporting the needs of local service providers. 

For the 2020-21 academic year, despite the numerous challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the school’s Field Education Office secured placements for 331 MSW and 35 BASW students in a wide range of agencies and organizations. As part of its commitment to keeping students and community members safe, the office reviewed COVID-19 safety plans for all in-person placements and helped agencies to design virtual placements when possible. Combined, this year’s field placements provided more than 211,000 hours of social work practice training for Pitt Social Work students 

The Field Education Office is currently looking for field instructors. Social work professionals with an MSW and at least two years of professional experience are encouraged to learn more about this exciting opportunity to train the next generation of social workers by visiting academics/field-education or emailing John Dalessandro, director of field education, at