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Field Experiences

Field experiences are a part of all majors in the Counselor Education Program, including Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling. Field Experiences are designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply and practice the competencies acquired throughout their training program. The field experience courses are judged by the faculty to be the most important preparatory experiences in which students will engage. It is an opportunity to synthesize and apply theoretical knowledge and to enhance and refine students' counseling and guidance skills. In many instances the field experiences serve as a stepping-stone for future student employment. The field experiences also provide a link between the schools, community, the University, and the department counseling unit.

All students must complete a practicum and a subsequent internship after they have completed all program coursework. Clinical Mental Health students must complete 400 hours of practicum, while School Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling students must complete 105 hours of practicum. All students must complete 600 hours of internship. Since the internships for all programs are full time, they are incompatible with full time employment. Students should plan for that semester accordingly.

Application Deadlines:

(School Counseling)


  • FALL SEMESTER: Jan. 15th through Feb. 1st
  • SPRING SEMESTER: May 15th through June 1st


  • FALL SEMESTER: Feb. 15th through March 1st
  • SPRING SEMESTER: June 15th through July 1st

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  • Important information for school counseling students
  • (There is no summer placement for School Counselors)

    (Clinical Mental Health/Rehab Counseling)

    • June 15: Fall semester placement
    • October 1: Spring semester placement
    • March 1: Summer semester placement

    Students applying for School Counseling field experiences must visit the Office of Field Experiences (ZEB 130) to begin steps necessary for completion prior to turning in the application. Once requirements are completed, School Counseling students should submit signed applications to the Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences (ZEB 238 B) by the deadlines listed above.
    Applications for Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling field experiences are available at the link below. The completed application packet includes:

    Applicants must prepare and submit 3 copies of the completed, signed packet to the individuals or offices shown below by the deadline.

    • Original signed application and one copy to Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences in ZEB 238 B.
    • One copy for the student

    The list of prospective sites is posted below. Please review this list and contact the agency to set up an interview or tour. If you chose a site not on this list, you must have it approved by the clinical coordinator, Dr. Russell. All students must have their site confirmed prior to the semester they are to begin their field experience. Sites must be approved by the clinical director by the end of the previous term. (e.g. if you apply for the Spring you must have your site approved before the end of the Fall semester.) It is the student's responsibility to secure a site and inform the clinical director of the site.

    These checklists for each program can assist you when considering an existing or new site. These questions can help guide your interview at the site to ensure that you have a successful clinical experience.

    Student evaluations of each site are available for review. Please contact the Clinical Coordinator, Dr. Russell.

    The Field Experience Handbook contains the log sheets, weekly summary forms and evaluation forms to be completed by your site supervisor.