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Fieldwork Requirements

Bring Your Course Work to Life

Fieldwork, including internships and practica, are training experiences designed to give you professional on-site instruction and experience under the close direction of the site supervisor and the Capella faculty instructor. You will commit to part-time or full-time practice delivering services through direct contact hours while completing online practicum and internship courses. As you complete your fieldwork, you will be continually evaluated and given appropriate learning experiences to ensure that core theories and skills are well understood and effectively put into practice.

Fieldwork Requirements

Your PhD program fieldwork requirements are based on CACREP standards and include 100 hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship. The practicum experience is devoted to obtaining advanced clinical competencies, and the internship focuses on supervision, teaching and research.

Practicum

Of the 100 required practicum hours, you’ll be asked to accrue a minimum of 40 direct, face-to-face contact hours in service with clients, 12 individual site supervision hours, and the remaining 48 hours may be non-direct contact.

Internship

The internship requires 600 hours of professional work experience in teaching, supervision, and research. You’ll be asked to accrue a minimum of 120 hours of teaching at the graduate level in counselor education, 120 hours of supervision of counselors-in-training, and 30 hours of research in counselor education and supervision. The internship is typically completed in two academic quarters.

Fieldwork Settings

You will be responsible for locating a site that can provide the types of activities, numbers of clients, and supervision needed to meet your program's fieldwork requirements, as well as any specific fieldwork requirements of your state licensure board.

The type of setting you use for your fieldwork experience will depend on the requirements for your specific program. You will locate settings in your community for the fieldwork component of your programs; fieldwork sites and supervisors must be approved by Capella to ensure all program requirements and accreditation standards are met.

Fieldwork settings may include, but are not limited to:

  • Social service organizations (e.g., alcohol and drug treatment facilities, community mental health centers, foster care agencies)
  • Schools
  • Private practice settings of an approved supervisor
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Non-profit agencies (e.g., homeless shelters, literacy programs, rape and abuse crisis centers)