SCP 587: Internship in Professional School Counseling

The school counseling internship requires placement in a public school the equivalent of full time for one semester or part time over a full year. Interns will work under the direct supervision of an experienced school counselor and will participate in the entire range of activities and functions of a school counselor. The program requires students to complete a supervised internship of 600 clock hours that is begun after successful completion of the student's practicum. The internship provides an opportunity for the student to perform, under supervision, a variety of counseling activities that a professional school counselor is expected to perform. The internship reinforces issues related to professional credentialing, including certification, licensure, and accreditation practices and standards, and the effects of public policy on these issues.

Candidates must complete a minimum of 240 clock hours of direct student contact and a minimum of 360 hours in developing, implementing, and evaluating key school counseling program elements.  A minimum of 300 clock hours of the internship must be completed in grades K-8 and a minimum of300 hours must be completed in grades 9-12.