School Counseling Practicum Information
The primary focus of the School Counseling Practicum (COSC 698) 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 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); successful completion of Gate 2 (COSC 500); successful completion of Gate 2.5 (COSC 513 zero credit practicum application course); 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.
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 three 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.
- Successful completion of COSC 513 Gate 2.5 /Practicum Application
In order to apply for COSC 513 Gate 2.5 Practicum Application, please contact Academic Advising to ensure you meet the pre-requisites and to register for this course.
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 for a minimum of 100 hours. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course. Students 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.
- ASCA Membership/Liability Insurance
- Recorded Individual Counseling session
- Psychoeducational Small Group program
- Case Conceptualization
- Site Supervision & Evaluation of Candidate Performance Pre-Advanced Internship Assessment
- Field Experience Summary (FES)
- Livetext to document direct and indirect service hours, as well as site and faculty supervision hours.
Please refer to the COSC 698 Practicum course syllabus for detailed descriptions of all required assignments.
- 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 three 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 https://www.liberty.edu/behavioral-sciences/counselor-ed/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2022/02/COSC-698-School-Counseling-Practicum-Manual-1.pdf