Broaden Your Understanding

Effective social workers must have a broad understanding of the roots of systemic problems like poverty and inadequate healthcare. They must also have the interpersonal skills and professional competence to effect meaningful change on the ground. As an SSA student, you will conduct fieldwork and attend classes at the same time, experiencing the constant interplay between theory and practice as you develop your own professional social work identity.

Information for Students

Each year, students are placed in one of our over 600 partner agencies in the Chicago area. With the support of a field consultant and the Office of Field Education, you will gain hands-on experience in both clinical social work and social administration.

Information for Field Instructors

Field instructors reinforce our students' understanding of their identity as social workers and the purposes, values, ethics and knowledge base of the profession.

Field Education SPIF

Connor Williams' Field Placement

Learn more about a Clinical Practice field placement at Care2Prevent.

Jelani McEwen

Jelani McEwen, AM '13

When Jelani McEwen begins his new job as Charter Support Manager of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools upon graduation from the School of Social Service Administration in June 2013, in some ways he will have come full circle.