Field Education

Apply your knowledge

Field experience offers you an opportunity to apply, refine, and integrate knowledge acquired in the classroom with experiences in social agencies. Theory and practice classes run concurrently with field practicum; our curriculum is designed so that experiences in the field and experiences in the classroom are mutually reinforcing.

Field instruction takes place in community agency settings 16 hours each week over both fall and spring semesters.

The generalist foundation field practicum places emphasis on the application of skills for social work practice in agency settings and prepares you for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, neighborhoods, communities and the society.

The goal of the specialization year is to develop and increase your skills in practice approaches, further the agency mission, examine relevant policies, integrate human and organizational behavior theories, and apply research knowledge. Your ability to select and use multiple approaches to social work with individuals, families, and groups is also promoted.

The St. Ambrose University School of Social Work field education program offers many different opportunities for both urban and rural placements with numerous agencies in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. To the extent possible, field placements are scheduled close to where you live. Each placement offers unique opportunities for learning, networking, and practical experience.

The faculty of the School of Social Work appreciate the contributions of our agency field instructors. Selected for their ability to provide quality instruction, commitment to collaborative participation in professional education, and commitment to client and community service, they are invaluable as mentors and delivering high-quality education.

MSW Field Education Manual (pdf) BSW Field Education Manual (pdf)

Field Agencies

Abbe Center for Community Mental Health - Cedar Rapids, IA
Alzheimer's Association of Greater Illinois - Moline, IL
The ARC of Rock Island County - Rock Island, IL
Area Substance Abuse Council - Cedar Rapids and Clinton, IA
Arrowhead Ranch - Coal Valley, IL
Bethany Christian Services - DesMoines, IA
Bethany for Children & Families - Moline, IL
Big Brothers & Big Sisters - Iowa and Illinois locations
Blackhawk Area Special Education District - East Moline, IL
Blessing Hospital - Quincy, IL
Braveheart Children's Advocacy Center - Cambridge, IL
Bridgeview Community Mental Health Center - Clinton, IA
Bridgeway, Inc. - Galesburg, IL
Center for Active Seniors (CASI) - Davenport, IA
Center for Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc. (CADS) - Illinois & Iowa Locations
Center for Prevention of Abuse - Peoria, IL
Center for Youth and Family Solutions - Rock Island, IL
Child Abuse Council - Moline, IL
Children's Home + Aid - Rockford, IL
Churches United of the Quad City Area - Bettendorf, IA
Crisis Center of Johnson County  - Iowa City, IA
Department of Children & Family Services - Illinois Locations
East Moline School District - East Moline, IL
Eastern Iowa Health Center - Cedar Rapids, IA
Edgerton Women's Health - Davenport, IA
Elder Services, Inc. - Iowa City, IA
Family Resources, Inc. - Davenport, IA
Finley Hospital, UnityPoint Health - Dubuque, IA
First Judicial District - Dubuque, IA
Foundation 2 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Four Oaks, Inc. of Iowa - Iowa City & Cedar Rapids, IA
Friendly House - Davenport, IA
Galena School District 120 - Galena, IL
Geneseo School District - Geneseo, IL
Genesis Health System - Davenport, IA
Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities - Davenport, IA
Goodwill Industries of Northwest Iowa - Waterloo, IA
Grace C. Mae Advocate Center - Cedar Rapids, IA
Grant Wood Area Education Agency - Cedar Rapids, IA
Great Prairie Area Education Agency - Burlington, IA
Great River Medical Center - Burlington, IA
Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities - Bettendorf, IA
Hammond-Henry Hospital - Geneseo, IL
Hand in Hand - Bettendorf, IA
Henry-Stark Special Education District - Kewanee, IL
Hillcrest Family Services - Dubuque & Iowa City, IA
Hospice of Dubuque - Dubuque, IA
Housing Authority of Henry County - Kewanee, IL
Humility Homes & Services, Inc. - Davenport, IA
Iowa State University Extention and Outreach - Bettendorf, IA
Keystone Area Education Agency - Various locations throughout Iowa
Kids Above All (formerly ChildServ) – Chicago, IL
Knox-Warren Special Education Cooperative - Galesburg, IL
Linn County Attorney's Office - Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services - Cedar Rapids, IA 
Luther Manor - Dubuque, IA
Lutheran Services of Iowa - Davenport, IA
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Rock Island & West Peoria, IL
Lydia Home - Davenport, IA
Mahaska Health Partnership - Oskaloosa, IA
Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque, IA
Milestones Area Agency on Aging - Davenport, IA
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency - Bettendorf, IA
New Life Outpatient Center (now Rosecrance New Life Outpatient Center) - Davenport, IA
Northwest Special Education Cooperative - Freeport, IL
Opening Doors - Dubuque, IA
Optimae Life Services - Fairfield, IA
OSF Homecare - Galesburg, IL
Ottumwa Regional Health Center - Ottumwa, IA
Pathways - Iowa City, IA
Quad Cities Interfaith - Davenport, IA
Rick's House of Hope - Davenport, IA
Rock Island Arsenal - Rock Island, IL
Rock Island Arsenal Family Advocacy - Rock Island, IL
Rock Island County Council on Addictions - East Moline, IL
Rock Island/Milan Schools - Rock Island, IL
Stonehill Franciscan Services - Dubuque, IA
Substance Abuse Services Center - Dubuque, IA
Successful Living - Iowa City, IA
SwedishAmerican Health System - Rockford, IL
Systems Unlimited, Inc. - Iowa City, IA
Tanager Place - Iowa City & Cedar Rapids, IA
TRANSITIONS Mental Health Services - Rock Island, IL
Trinity Regional Health System - Rock Island, IL
Tri-State Dialysis - Dubuque, IA
United Action for Youth - Iowa City, IA
United Way of East Central Iowa - Cedar Rapids, IA
UnityPoint at Home - Urbandale, IA
University of Illinois Medical Center - Chicago, IL
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program - Iowa City, IA
Vera French Community MHC - Davenport, IA
Warren Achievement Center - Monmouth, IL
Western Illinois Kidney Center - Galesburg, IL
World Relief - Moline, IL
Young House Family Services - Burlington, IA
Young Parents Network - Cedar Rapids, IA


Jennifer Boedeker, Director of Field Education

Social Work
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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