Field Education

Western Michigan University's School of Social Work is proud to offer quality field education opportunities to BSW and MSW students to develop professional-level competencies in social work practice at  micro, mezzo and macro levels, and to serve as the signature pedagogy, or the most fundamental way that social work practice is taught, in social work education. The field office at the School of Social Work strives to make field education one of the highlights of the social work educational experience.

Field education is a significant, impactful and engaging part of social work education.  It is where students practice the knowledge, skills and values of the social work program, and learn to be a professional social worker in practice. This intensive focus on field education is unique in social work education, and is what makes it our signature pedagogy. 

The School of Social Work is always looking for ways to engage students, faculty and field instructors to improve the process. If you have ideas about how to make the field education process easier, more responsive or more fun, please contact the appropriate field office and share your ideas.

If you are interested in becoming a field instructor for the WMU School of Social Work, email one of the above for more information.

remote activities for field placement

center for practice transformation free webinars

Medicaid equity simulation 

Virtual field education tasks

remote field learning

Evaluation Webinars

Free online trainings

Field instructor of the year

Each year the Field Education Committee seeks nominations for the School of Social Work's field instructor of the year award.

2018 -19 Recipients

Chris Roberts, LMSW, Family Outreach Center 
Maggie Richardson, LMSW, WMU Children's Trauma Assessment Center

2017-18 Recipients

Autumn Delnat, LPC, YWCA
Teri Clark, LMSW, Network 180 


2016-17 Recipients

Peggy Liss, LMSW, Family and Children Services
Heidi Hall, LMSW, Lewis Cass ISD
Douglass Judson, LMSW, Cherry Health - Leonard Street Counseling

2015-16 Recipient

Andrea Bishop, LMSW, InterAct of Michigan

2014-15 Recipients

Kim Rychener, LMSW, Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health
Jenifer Hill, LCSW, Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County