Field Education is an important component of graduate social work education. Included in a student's Plan of Study will be two different field placements in social services agencies, departments or other service delivery systems located throughout the State of Maryland and surrounding areas.

The Office of Field Education (OFE) is comprised of Field Coordinators, Field Instructors, Faculty Liaisons and other staff.  Field Coordinators work closely with students to locate field placements prior to the start of the academic year.  Field Placements are determined based on concentration/specialization for advanced students and geographic location for foundation students.  Field Coordinators work diigently to ensure that placements are a good fit for the students and our agencies. 

At the beginning of each academic year, students are provided access to the Electronic Field Notebook (EFN) so they can submit assignment troughout the year.  During the year, important information will be collected and disseminated throughout the EFN. 

Experiential Learning Plan

The spread of COVID-19 around the country and globe continues to present significant challenges for social work education. Each social work student, teacher, field instructor, and program is unique, and so have been their responses to this pandemic. In response to the continuing impact of the pandemic, the University of Maryland School of Social Work created a COVID-19 Task Force, which addressed matters as they related to Field Education.

The following documents will provide a better understanding of policies that have been implemented for Field Placement agencies to better navigatie issues as they pertain to MSW students during this pandemic.  Please note that the agency coordinator will need to review these documents, sign them electronically and return them to the Office of Field Education.  The forms should be returned to the Office Manager, Donna Earling at  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the office at

Field Orientation 2020-2021

Welcome to 2020-2021 Academic School Year.  Field Orientation is mandatory for Advanced Standing students and Foundation students entering field for the first time.  Advanced Standing students are those students admitted with a BSW and will complete the program in one year.   Students must watch pre-orientation videos prior to attending orientation next.  If you have not watched the video or registered for orientation please click the link below. 

The Student Field Orientation was comprised of two parts. Part 1 is a series of short videos, and Part 2 was a “live zoom meeting”/Student Field Orientation, which you were required to attend for one day during the week of August 17.   You can access short videos by clicking the link above.  In the event that you were unable to attend orientation last week please email the office at and you will receive information on make-up sessions.  

Click the link below to access the Field at a glance