Students are expected to participate in both practicum and internship courses and site placement. Students take the practicum course in the the second semester of the first year in the program where practicum consists of one (1) semester, on-site, at an urban public school setting under the on-site supervision of a professional school counselor for an average of 10–12 hours per week. Students participating in practicum must complete 150 hours to meet CACREP standards. In most cases, students complete their practicum in school sites within Connecticut. UConn's school counseling program has a partnership with the East Hartford Public School System, Hartford Public School System, and the Consolidated School District of New Britain where students are placed at one of these school sites for their practicum experience. However, in some cases, exceptions may be considered where students with special circumstances can be allowed to complete their practicum outside of Connecticut provided that the school site is within close enough proximity to the UConn Storrs campus that they will be able to attend an accompanying practicum group supervision course in-person at the UConn Storrs campus for the duration of the semester in which they are participating in the practicum. Dr. Clewiston Challenger coordinates the school counseling practicums and instructs the course as well.
For internship, students complete 10 month (190 days)/ 700 hours (350 per semester) of work within a public school setting as a school-counseling intern. Throughout the internship period students are expected to document at least 240 hours devoted to direct service with the students, teachers, and parents. Internship students also work collaboratively with an on-site professional school counselor for supervision and professional development, as well as UConn faculty supervision.
Dr. Diandra Prescod is the internship coordinator for the Counselor Education program. Responsibilities include: orienting program students to practicum and internship, that is, completing sign-up forms, assistance with finding the best site for each student; coordinating all practicum and internship doctoral supervision and site supervision; and coordinating the School Counseling Connecticut State Certification application process with the Neag School of Education's Office of Certification.