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About Field Education

Update for Summer 2021

As the pandemic wanes, most of the students who are in field during the summer session will be completing placements in-person.  Some students will be in hybrid or fully remote placements, implementing client services and completing agency projects through tele-practice and telehealth.

The College is committed to providing a substantive and meaningful field experience for all students, including a plan to address all required competencies and hours.  We are also committed to providing a safe field experience for all students.  We will continue to monitor the pandemic and make adjustments as necessary to promote student safety and wellbeing.   

In accordance with current CDC guidelines, the University of Tennessee does not require students who have been fully vaccinated to wear masks or socially distance while on campus or at field placements.  Being fully vaccinated is defined as being two weeks past your final dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.  However, students in agency placements must be aware of and comply with all agency policies and procedures related to infection control.  These policies may differ from UT policies and impose stricter guidelines for masking, testing, and immunization.

Students who are completing field onsite at agencies are encouraged to complete daily self-screening and to follow all CDC guidelines for their own protection and the protection of clients and agency staff.  Specific information and requirements are included in the Student Guidelines for Field . As always, students are encouraged to contact their program Field Coordinators to discuss any questions or concerns regarding field.  Students are urged to carefully monitor the situation in their own communities and field agencies and to contact their Field Coordinators to discuss any changes in their agencies or communities that may affect their safety and field experience.



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Field Practice links:

BSSW Field Manual, Forms, & Resources
MSSW Field Manual, Forms, & Resources
Student Frequently Asked Questions about Field
IPT: Intern Placement Tracking