Instructions for New Students

Field Education is a significant portion of your social work education.  It is the place where you will apply the knowledge and skills you learn in the classroom to actual people and to real situations, under the supervision of a seasoned social worker.  It is a place where you learn to make a real, lasting contribution to the lives of others.

Students entering field must submit a field placement application within 2 weeks of paying their $300 confirmation deposit.

  • If you do not have a UM ID, go to the MyUMB Portal to set up your account.

*NOTE* It may take 24 hours for your UM ID to be processed in the system before it will allow you to complete a field application. 

  • If you are awaiting approval for financial aid, you must still complete your application by the due date! 
  • To complete the Field Application, go to the  Current Student Page and use your UM ID and password to log into your Electronic Field Notebook (EFN.) Bookmark this page - you will be returning throughout the year to complete all of your Field assignments.

We wish you every success as you begin your professional training.

Please view our updated Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information.

Please contact us with any questions you may have. You may call or email the Office of Field Education to schedule an appointment with a Field Coordinator to discuss your field opportunities at (410) 706-7187 or

Spring Admits and Part-time Foundation Students

Congratulations on being accepted the to the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  If you are planning to be a full-time student in the fall, you will need to submit a field application for the upcoming academic year.  Applications for the upcoming academic year will be available the first week of December. 

The deadline to submit applications is March 1st for spring admits and current part-time foundation students only.   


Field Orientation

If you are new to field at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (Foundation, Advanced Standing, Transfer Student, Part-Time Student now full time entering Field) you are required to attend a Field Orientation prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

The Orientation will provide you with important information to prepare you for the field practicum. This date will also count as your first day of field education. Students whose status is "Advanced" and who have already completed the first year field practicum at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work are not required to attend field orientation.

* Please note that field orientation will be held virtually and you will need to attend only one of the dates provided below. 

  • August 15, 2023, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Click HERE to Register
  • August 17, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM - Click HERE to Register

Please hold orientation week open and do not schedule vacation during this time.  


Field Seminar

Foundation students are required to participate in monthly field seminars while enrolled in Field Education.  Seminar is an opportunity for students to engage with each other in small groups to discuss their field experiences.  The small groups are intentionally designed to include conversations about difference, anti-oppression, privilege and cultural humility. During orientation students will meet their Faculty Liaison, who will also be the seminar instructor.  Faculty Liaisons will communicate with their students regarding the seminar schedule for the semester.  

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