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
Heather Gillis, PhD, MSW, LCSW-BACS
Associate Director of Field Education
Maurya Glaude, PhD, MSW, LCSW-BACS
Program Manager for Online Field Education
Heidi Breaux, LCSW