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Gain Real-World Experience With Our Field Education Program

A core component of the Master of Social Work educational experience at the Tulane University School of Social Work is our field education program. It exposes you to real-world social work practice as well as the diversity of populations and social issues.

For our on-campus MSW students, we work with a full range of community agencies in and around the New Orleans. For our distance learners, the field education department connects you with agencies in your area so that you can make a direct impact on your own community. Either way, you will use knowledge learned in the classroom to develop your practice skills in a professional setting under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

More than 150 social service agencies, government entities, schools, hospitals, and businesses throughout the country participate in our field education program. Reflective of our unique clinical and community-based practice curriculum, your field placement provides the opportunity to develop your skills in an environment that meets your goals, be they oriented toward traditional clinical practice, community organization, or a blend of practice modes.

Upon completion of your MSW degree, you will have accumulated 948 hours of hands-on training. With guidance and mentoring from your field advisor and your agency based field instructor, you will not only be a part of social work in action, but you will also explore your commitment to social work values, ethics, and diversity and build a foundation upon which to develop a sound professional social work career.

On Campus MSW Students: Refer any field questions before being placed to your Professional Foundations Instructor. 

Online MSW Students: An email from your Placement Coordinator should have been included the placement application. Once you complete it, a Placement Coordinator will reach out to you. If you have questions prior to being placed, please reply to the contact information found in the email. If you have concerns once you have been placed, please reach out to your Field Liaison.

Field Education Contacts

Director of Field Education
Maurya Glaude, PhD, MSW, LCSW-BACS

Jaime Evans, LMSW, CFLE-P
Senior Program Coordinator

Lindsey Fields, JD, LMSW
Senior Program Coordinator


Field Education Department News

Women in Social Work: Jennifer Baudy, DSW, MSW, LCSW

March provides such a wonderful opportunity to feature the commitment and passion of women in social work. TSSW's Field Education Department reached out to a few of these amazing individuals to ask them some questions, and we are elated to highlight Jennifer Baudy, DSW, MSW, LCSW, Director of Mental Health at Harriet Tubman Charter School. Dr. Baudy was recently honored in Gambit's Frontline People Awards. 

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Women in Social Work: MK Sullivan, LMSW

Social Work comes in a variety of forms, and women are leaders in every one of them. In celebration of both #SocialWorkMonth and #WomensHistoryMonth, our Field Education Department is highlighting all the ways women contribute to the profession and how they support our Master of Social Work students in their internships.

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Women in Social Work: Catherine "Cat" Patteson Poehling, MSW, MS, LCSW

In continuation of our Field Education Department's series that combines Women's History Month and Social Work Month, they are highlighting a

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Women in Social Work: Tracey Spinato, MSW, MPH, LCSW

In combination of #WomensHistoryMonth and #SocialWorkMonth, our Field Education Department is highlighting another woman in social work that also supports social work education. We appreciate how committed these women are to the profession, their clients, and their communities!

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Women in Social Work: Kathleen Whalen, LCSW-BACS, MEd

On #InternationalWomensDay, our Field Education Department has launched a series to highlight women social workers with profiles of individuals who support the signature pedagogy of social work education - the field experience. We are so grateful to how they share their knowledge, expertise, and compassion with our students and the communities they serve. Meet Kathleen Whalen, LCSW-BACS, MEd with the Trauma-Informed Schools Learning Collaborative who generously answered these questions for us.

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