School Counseling Internship Information
Phone: (434) 582-2633.
Location: DeMoss Hall, 1314M
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.
- Spring Application Deadline: Sept. 1
- Summer/Fall Application Deadline: Feb. 1
Students will be registered for COSC 690, Gate 3/Internship application, which is the internship application module.
The following items are required during the internship module:
- Updated Degree Completion Plan audit (available through ASIST)
- Official score report for Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) or state equivalent exam
- Completed Placement Request Form with options for placement
- Completed and approved background check
- Professional liability insurance through the American School Counselor Association valid through the entire internship semester
- A negative TB test or screening completed no more than one year prior to the internship semester end date
- Additional forms (resume`, letters of recommendation, etc.)
Gate 3 Applications are now being processed through a zero-credit Blackboard course, COSC 690. Request to be registered for this course to submit your Gate 3 Application and internship preparation requirements. More information about the Gate 3 Application requirements can be found on the School Counseling Program Page. If you have any questions, please email at Gate3@liberty.edu.
After successful completion of the internship application module (COSC 690) and your application is approved, the School Counseling Internship Office will register you for COSC 699. You will not be able to register for this course through ASIST.
Coursework in Blackboard
- Blackboard coursework consists of weekly case presentation uploads into the discussion board for weekly supervision consultation. Additional requirements include reviewing the School Counseling Program page, designated school district comprehensive school counseling program, crisis manuals, school improvement plans, school report cards, etc.
Field Experience Module (FEM)
- Evaluations will be completed in the Field Experience Module (FEM) by you and the site supervisor.
- You will maintain a time log in the FEM, which must be approved by the site supervisor.
- You will be required to meet with the site supervisor for an average of 1 hour per week for individual or triadic supervision.
- You will participate in an average of 1.5 hours per week of synchronous group supervision through WebEx with your faculty supervisor/course professor.
- All internship students are required to join in group supervision using both audio and video connections through WebEx. Keep in mind, both verbal and nonverbal behavior are being assessed by supervisors; therefore, be sure to connect from a confidential location, wear modest clothing, and practice professional verbal and nonverbal behavior during group supervision.
You will be required to submit your portfolio during each semester of internship. There are specific instructions about sections that you will need to complete in the syllabus for COSC 699. You will find a template for the portfolio in the Portfolio assignment in LiveText, once the semester begins; however, you may also begin your portfolio by following these steps:
- Log into LiveText
- Click on the “LiveText Docs” tab in LiveText.
- Click on “New”.
- Click on the “Portfolios” menu under “VA: Liberty University”.
- Click on “School Counseling Portfolio Template”.
- At the bottom of the page, click on “Create Document”.
- Title your portfolio.
- Click “Ok.”
A walk-through video for the portfolio is also available.
- 300 hours during the academic semester, including 120 hours of direct service.
- Direct hours may include face-to-face assessment, small group or individual counseling, individual student planning, classroom guidance, psycho-educational activities, and consultation.
- Indirect hours may include observation, record-keeping, administrative duties, curriculum development, and other professional activities.
- The Internship Plan for Placement must be submitted to Blackboard and approved by the site supervisor within the first week of placement.
- All Advanced Internship Assessment components must be met during each semester of internship.
- Students will complete culminating projects during each semester of internship to demonstrate program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
- During each internship, you will be required to video record one complete (at least 20 minutes) session with a student.
- A signed consent from the student’s parent/guardian is required.
- The session will be evaluated in LiveText by you, the site supervisor, and the faculty supervisor/course professor.
- The recording will be viewed in WebEx. A transcript of the session will be posted in the Discussion Board. You will provide meaningful responses to at least two classmates’ recorded sessions.