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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

NOTE:  Information below reflects requirements for current students.  Any students completing requirements effective with the fall 2016 catalog should contact their advisor for complete details.

A field experience approach is used within the school counseling tracks to provide students with on-site experiences that offer a comprehensive view of school counseling. Students are required to complete 150 supervised clock hours at each of all three levels (elementary, middle, and high school) and may register for 1-3 credits per semester with 1 credit hour equating to 150 practicum field clock hours.

Prerequisites: 24 hours of coursework including COUN 503, 505, 545, 555, 605, 610, and 612. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour. 3 credits required.  Continuous enrollment required.

Responsibilities of the Practicum Student:

  • must submit by October 1st for a spring placement, February 1st for a summer placement, and April 1st for a fall placement
  • must register during the open registration period for COUN 638 for the required number of credit hours in the desired semester. 
  • must remain continuously enrolled in at least one credit hour of COUN 638 until all required practicum clock hours are completed.
  • is required to participate in all practicum class sessions planned by the faculty advisor.
  • is expected to be familiar with the guidelines and expectations of the Longwood University Counselor Education Program.
  • may not begin field clock hours until the first official day of the Longwood semester for which registered. 
  • will perform as a professional, responsible person at all times during the practicum and will uphold the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association.
  • upon completion of the master's degree, will apply to the Virginia Department of Education to obtain the Pupil Personnel Services License.

Responsibilities of the Faculty Supervisor:

  • will coordinate the student's field placement.
  • is responsible for communicating to the field supervisor the expectations for the practicum student and the experiences desired.
  • will meet with the student on a regularly scheduled basis for class seminars during the practicum and for other meetings with the student and the field supervisor on an as-needed basis.
  • is responsible for assignment of the course grade after consultation with the field supervisor.

Responsibilities of the Field Supervisor:

  • orient the student to the organizational structure of the site.
  • serve as a consultant to the student by providing assistance to the student in further development of school counseling theories, techniques, and materials.
  • provide the student with regular feedback and communicate with the faculty supervisor as scheduled to evaluate the student's progress.
  • complete the practicum evaluation form at the end of the semester.

Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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 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, who will offer suggestions and provide them with a copy of the Practicum/Internship Manual. 100 clock hours on site with 40 direct client contact hours are required, as well as a satisfactory completion of the 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 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.  Students may register for 1-6 credits of COUN 692 per semester, with each credit hour equating to 100 clock internship hours.  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. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour.  Taken at the end of program.  Variable credit per semester of enrollment from 2 – 6 credits.  (1 credit may be taken in intersession only)  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 their advisor and/or 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 and 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 their advisor, who will offer suggestions and provide them with a copy of the Practicum/Internship Manual. 100 clock hours on site with 40 direct client contact hours are required, as well as a satisfactory completion of the 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.  Students may register for 1-6 credits of COUN 694 per semester, with each credit hour equating to 100 clock internship hours.  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. Supervisory fee - $25.00 per credit hour.  Taken at the end of program.  Variable credit per semester of enrollment from 2 – 6 credits.  (1 credit may be taken in intersession only)  Six (6) credit hours required.  Must be continuously enrolled until completion.  Graded Pass/Satisfactory Progress/Not Pass.

Sites where students have successfully completed the practicum experience have included:

  • Longwood University (various offices and departments)
    • First Year Experience
    • Residence Life
    • University Career Center 
    • 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.