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School Counseling Practicum Information

The primary focus of the School Counseling Practicum (COSC 698/COSC 692) for the M.Ed in School Counseling program is to introduce candidates to the counseling environment and the development of counseling-related skills, ethics, and professionalism based on school activities.


Successful completion of Gate 2 (COSC 500); Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling (COSC 501); Counseling Techniques (COSC 505); Theories of School Counseling (COSC 510); Structured Groups (COSC 512); Practicum Application Gate 2.5 (COSC 513); Human Growth and Development (COUC 502, CMHC 502, or COUN 502); Multicultural Counseling (COUC 504, CMHC 504, or COUN 504).

School Site: One placement in an elementary or secondary (middle or high) school setting.

Site Supervisor: A Licensed School Counselor currently working in a counseling setting and who has at least two years of counseling experience and training in counselor supervision.

Hours: The School Counseling Practicum course is the first field experience for school counseling candidates designed to build counseling skills at the elementary or secondary school setting under the supervision of a licensed school counselor on-site supervisor and faculty supervisor. The practicum experience will include a minimum of 100 hours, with at least 40 of these hours as direct services with K-12 students. Candidates must serve a minimum of 10 weeks at the school site to earn the required 100 hours.

Detailed information on practicum requirements can be found in the School Counseling handbook on the School Counseling Advising Guide Page. Questions can be emailed to scfieldplacement@liberty.edu.

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How to Apply for Practicum
Course Requirements
Site Supervisor Qualifications
  • Hold a minimum of a master’s degree in counseling or a related profession with equivalent qualifications
  • Hold an appropriate professional, state-recognized license/certification
  • Have a minimum of two years of professional experience in the counseling profession
  • Currently working in a counseling setting
  • Have a knowledge of Liberty University’s School Counseling program and practicum requirements as outlined on the School Counseling Home Page
  • Completed Pre-Advanced Internship Assessment Site Supervisor Scorer Training
  • Reviewed Liberty University’s School Counseling Practicum Manual located on the School Counseling home page 
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