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Liberal Studies (Middle)

Practicum I

An in-depth observation and participation practicum in a public school setting for at least 60 hours under the supervision of Longwood in first session of summer school at the end of the freshman or sophomore year..

Practicum II

Participation and micro-teaching in public school settings for at least 60 hours under Longwood supervision during the first session of summer school at the end of the sophomore or junior year.

Partnership

Elementary and middle education teacher candidates participate each week in a semester of Partnership Program courses (requiring EDUC 325, 326, 327, 450, 451, and 452 for licensure in either or both elementary and middle school licensure) consisting of four days of on-site methodological preparation in reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social science; one-half of each of the four days is spent in the classrooms working with the children. Teacher candidates return each Friday to the campus for courses that focus upon exceptional learners and classroom management.

Professional Semester

Directed Teaching in Elementary and Middle School for eleven weeks
Or
Directed Teaching in Middle School for eleven weeks

Liberal Studies (Special Education)

You will complete two early field experiences: SPED 323, & 327. (See Field Experience Placements Handbook for specific requirements for SPED 327. You will be given a copy of this manual when you begin your practicum.) You will be evaluated by your cooperating teacher and your college supervisor. (Evaluation forms are in the Field Experience Placements Handbook) Copies of these evaluations should be requested to be placed into your portfolio. You also will be asked to evaluate your practicum site.

Field and Clinical experiences include working with elementary, middle, and secondary students who have exceptional learning needs in the general curriculum. You are required to request different placements for each experience to satisfy grade level and diversity requirements. A possible example might be SPED 323: Elementary level classroom rural setting and SPED 327: Secondary level classroom urban setting. For licensure, you must have experience in elementary, middle, and high school across your field and clinical experiences.

Deadlines for registering for field and clinical experiences are available from the Office of Professional Services.

Arts & Sciences (Secondary)

Practicum:

Take in First Summer School session at end of freshman or sophomore year:

  • EDUC 265 Practicum I (middle school level)/3 credits

Take in First Summer School Session at end of sophomore or junior year:

  • EDUC 370 Practicum II (secondary level)/3 credits

(All courses listed above will be taken prior to enrolling in the Professional Semester. A minimum Cumulative 2.5 GPA is required. See undergraduate catalog for other requirements).

Professional Semester:

  • EDUC 402 Directed Teaching in the Secondary School/11 credits *
  • EDUC488 Education Seminar/1 credit

TOTAL CREDITS/38

* English majors take ENGL 482 instead of EDUC 402.
* Mathematics and computer science majors MATH 482 instead of EDUC 402

School Counseling

Students are required to complete both a 100-hour supervised practicum experience, and a 600-hour supervised internship experience distributed across three semesters.  Students complete field experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Responsibilities of the Field Placement Student 

Responsibilities of the faculty supervisors and site supervisors are detailed in the Longwood field placement manual which is available from the field placement coordinator. 

 

Mental Health Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling track requires both a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in order to complete the program.

Practicum

The practicum (COUN 592) is completed toward the end of the first year of study.

Prerequisites: COUN 503, 505, 507, 545 and 605.

Students are encouraged to discuss potential sites with their advisor. 100 clock hours on site with 40 direct client contact hours are required, as well as a satisfactory completion of the practicum class, which consists of group supervision facilitated by a faculty member. An on-site supervisor with at least a master’s degree in a counseling-related field is required.

Internship

At the conclusion of the Mental Health Counseling track, each student will complete an internship of 600 clock hours, consistent with the requirement for licensure as a professional counselor in Virginia.  240 of the 600 clock hours must consist of direct client contact.  Typically, the internship is fulfilled with two semesters of 300 clock hours each, but can be done in three semesters of 200 clock hours each.

Prerequisites: COUN 503, 505, 507, 510, 545, 555, 592, 601, 605, 610, and 651. Six (6) credit hours required.  Must be continuously enrolled until completion.  Graded Pass/Satisfactory Progress/Not Pass.

Sites where students have completed internships include:

Students are encouraged to discuss internship options with the Field Placement Coordinator or with their advisor and to approach a provider to determine the process for applying for an internship prior to registering for the Internship (COUN 692) class.  An on-site supervisor with at least a master's degree in a counseling-related field is required.

College Counseling & Student Affairs

The College Counseling & Student Affairs track requires both a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in order to complete the program, with 40 hours of client contact per 100 hours at the site.

Practicum

The practicum (COUN 594) is completed toward the end of the first year of study.

Prerequisites: COUN 503, 505, 507, 545, 552, and 605.

Students are encouraged to discuss potential sites with the Field Placement Coordinator and their advisor, who will offer suggestions. 100 clock hours on site with 40 direct client contact hours are required, as well as a satisfactory completion of the practicum class, which consists of group supervision facilitated by a faculty member. An on-site supervisor with at least a master’s degree in a counseling-related field is required.

Internship

At the conclusion of the College Counseling & Student Affairs track, each student will complete an internship of 600 clock hours, consistent with the requirement for licensure as a professional counselor in Virginia.  240 of the 600 clock hours must consist of direct client contact. Typically, the internship is fulfilled with two semesters of 300 clock hours each, but can be done in three semesters of 200 clock hours each.

Prerequisites: COUN 503, 505, 507, 510, 545, 552, 555, 565, 594, 601, 605, 610, and 651. Six (6) credit hours required.  Must be continuously enrolled until completion.  Graded Pass/Satisfactory Progress/Not Pass.

Sites, where students have successfully completed the internship experience, have included:

  • Longwood University (various offices and departments)
    • Student Affairs Division
    • Athletics
    • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Various community colleges in Virginia

Students are encouraged to discuss internship options with their advisor and/or to approach a provider to determine the process for applying for an internship prior to registering for the Internship (COUN 694) class.  An on-site supervisor with at least a master's degree in a counseling-related field is required.

Health and Physical Education

Community Health Internships provide students with the ideal forum to practice and experience citizen leadership firsthand.  Through the internship, graduate students assess, plan, implement, and evaluate health and physical education promotion programs. Part-time students who are traveling to campus can have the internship set up at their place of employment or residence.  Full-time students can serve on the Piedmont Community Health Coalition in Farmville and complete their internship in town.