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Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology

Experiential Learning

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Your practicum placement in a school setting is a critical part of your master's training. The year-long practicum of 525 hours, for approximately 20 hours per week in a school setting, focuses on either grades K-8 or 5-12 under the supervision of a fully certified school counselor and a Northeastern University faculty member. The first seventy-five hours (five weeks of the second year fall semester) is a "pre-practicum" during which students will observe a school counselor at work. With additional experience in a practicum setting, students will take on increasing responsibilities and develop their own case load of clients under supervision.

Practicum is done in the Boston area, beginning in September of the second year of study and continuing to June of that year. Most of our students choose to do their fieldwork in a regular public school setting. Practicum work, however, is possible in private or specialized schools such as those catering to the needs of handicapped or special needs students, or students of a particular ethnic group, as long as the school has a qualified supervisor.

As a school counselor, you will:
  • Help students assess their abilities, likes, dislikes, and distinctive personal qualities.
  • Teach decision-making and life planning.
  • Promote the process of goal setting and career exploration.
  • Educate students in social skills.
  • Plan educational programs.
  • Motivate students toward problem resolution.
  • Participate in crisis interventions.
  • Work with fellow school colleagues.
  • Consult with parents.
As a graduate of Northeastern's program, your competencies will include:
  • Individual and group counseling theory and practice.
  • Psychological assessment.
  • Providing vocational, career, and educational counseling.
  • Promoting student interests, abilities and responsibilities.
  • Working with diverse groups of people.
  • Working with special needs populations.
  • Providing parent and staff consultation.
  • Knowledge about professional affairs.
  • Promoting human development.

For further information about the School Counseling Program, please call Dr. William G. Quill, Program Director at 1-617-373-5157 or Northeastern Graduate School Admissions at 1-617-373-2708.

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