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School Counseling Internship Information


Email: scfieldplacement@liberty.edu

Phone: (434) 582-2633.

Location: DeMoss Hall, 3rd floor

Internship Overview

The School Counseling Internship course is designed to build school counseling skills in the elementary and secondary school settings. The primary focus of the 600-hour, two-semester internship experience is the application and continued development of school 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. Experiential learning is vital to school counseling skills development and the development of professional practice skills. The internship is required of all candidates seeking state licensure/certification as a professional school counselor. This 16-week course is delivered in a hybrid format, both online via Canvas®, a digital synchronous platform, as well as in-person training at a physical site.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Human Growth and Development (COUC 502), Multicultural Counseling (COUC 504), Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling (COSC 501), Counseling Theories & Techniques (COSC 505), Theories of Counseling (COSC 510), and Structured Groups (COSC 512); Career Development & Counseling (COSC 522), Foundations of School Counseling (COSC 604), Child and Adolescent Counseling in the Schools (COSC 611), Principals of School Counseling (COSC 660), School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation (COSC 661), School Counseling Practicum (COSC 692). Successful completion of Orientation to School Counseling (COSC 500/Gate 2); successful completion of Gate 2.5 (COSC 513 zero credit practicum application course); COSC 690 (zero credit Internship application course/Gate 3); 3.0 GPA; complete background check clearances; negative Tuberculosis results (TB), and professional liability insurance through the American School Counseling Association student for professional membership.

*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

Supervision: The internship field experience occurs under the supervision of a Liberty faculty supervisor and a licensed school counselor on-site supervisor. The school counselor on-site must have at least years of school counseling experience and must have completed the Advanced Internship Assessment (AIA) Site Supervisor Scorer Training. Interns are required to meet face-to-face with their site supervisor on site as well as face-to-face via digital synchronous platform for weekly group supervision and instruction with their faculty supervisor.

Internship Hours: Internship will consist of fieldwork for 300 hours for two semesters for a total of 600 hours. Candidates must serve a minimum of 120 direct services hours for two semesters for a total of 240 direct student services hours. Direct service hours include 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 scfieldplacement@liberty.edu.

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