M.Ed. in Counseling, School Counseling Practicum

M.Ed. in Counseling, School Counseling Practicum


School Counseling students are required to complete a practicum that typically spans two semesters.  In total, students will complete 700 hours of practical, hands on field work in a school counseling setting under the supervision of a certified school counselor.

  • The first 350 hours are considered "practicum orientation." During these hours, students are instructed to observe, learn and shadow their practicum site and key personnel working within. After approximately 100 hours, the student is much more hands on and is directly involved in the daily workings of the particular school setting.
  • At the culmination of the first half of the practicum — essentially toward the end of the first semester of practicum — students complete a capstone project, the CCC, Counseling and Conceptualization Competency.  A capstone to the school counseling track, the CCC causes students to conceptualize a particular case from start to finish.  Students are assigned a grade of Pass, Fail, or Pass with Revision.  Pass with Revision involves resubmitting one or more sections of the entire CCC.  In order to proceed to the final 350 hours of practicum, all students must successfully pass the CCC project.
  • Once the CCC is completed, students must amass an additional 350 hours, thereby reaching the required 700 hours.  Typically, completion of practicum hours aligns with completion of coursework and thus graduation.
  • Most students enroll in practicum during a consecutive Fall/Spring semester sequence.  Other options may be available at the discretion of the program coordinator. All students are encouraged to think about a practicum (1) site and (2) experience early on in their graduate program.  Faculty members are available to assist as you consider various alternatives and make your selections.
  • Students in the elementary or secondary school counseling track will earn all practicum hours in the appropriate school setting.  A partial listing of previous practicum sites is included below.

Benton Area
Berwick School District
Crestwood School District
Danville Area
Elysburg School District
Hazleton Area
Keystone Central
Lewisburg Area
Mahanoy Area
Millville Elementary School
Millville High School
Milton Area Selinsgrove Area
Shamokin Area
Southern Columbia
Stroudsburg School District
Williamsport Area