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School Counseling Internship Information


Email: FieldPlacementOffice@liberty.edu

Phone: (434) 582-2633. 

Location: DeMoss Hall, 1314M

Internship Overview

The primary focus of the 600-hour, two-semester internship experience is the application and continued development of counseling skills within the K-12 school setting. During the internship experiences, the candidate learns to integrate and synthesize theories and techniques learned in the classroom and apply them in a real work setting. Additionally, candidates develop personal qualities, characteristics, and behaviors of a school counselor, and transition from “trainee” to “professional practitioner.”

Prerequisites: All COSC courses must be completed prior to internship I except for COSC 604 (Foundations of Education) and COSC 622 (Educational Assessment & Intervention), which can be paired with internship I and internship II to satisfy financial aid requirements. Candidates must also have: 3.0 GPA; background check clearance; approved Gate 3 application. *Please refer to the School Counseling Concentration Degree Completion Plan: Suggested Course Sequence for the approved courses to be taken with COSC 699.

Sites: One placement in an elementary school setting and one placement in a secondary (middle or high) school setting

Site Supervisors: For each placement, a licensed school counselor employed in a K-12 school who has at least three years of counseling experience and training in counselor supervision.

Hours: 300 hours per 16-week semester, for a cumulative total of 600 internship hours. Each semester must include at least 120 direct service hours such as student assessment, academic/career planning, individual counseling, small group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, and psycho-educational activities. The remaining 180 hours may include observation, maintaining case notes, collaboration, consultation with other counselors, etc.

Detailed information on internship requirements can be found in the School Counseling Handbook on the School Counseling Program Page. Questions can be emailed to gate3@liberty.edu.

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