Field and Clinical Experiences
The School Counseling curriculum includes two fieldwork experiences: the Practicum, which is a one semester course and requires the student to spend 8 hours per week (total = a minimum of 100 hours) in a school setting, and the Internship, which is a two semester course and requires the student to spend at least 20 hours a week (a minimum of 300 hours each semester) in a different school setting. For both the practicum and internship, the student attends a weekly seminar at Hunter College which is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to present client cases, receive feedback, and participate in group supervision. During the practicum, the student receives one hour of weekly individual supervision from a faculty member. The fieldwork experiences are designed to provide school counseling students with an opportunity to develop and practice their counseling skills within a school setting under the supervision of college faculty and school personnel (Certified School Counselor).
Students have the opportunity to engage in counseling activities which allow them to develop their identities and gain confidence as professionals in the field of school counseling. Such skills and activities include individual and group counseling, educational assessment and advisement (including test administration and scoring), consultation, classroom guidance, crisis management, and documentation and reporting. In addition, the hours and course requirements meet the criteria for provisional certification in school counseling in New York State.