Fieldwork Requirements PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision

Fieldwork brings your coursework to life

Fieldwork, including practicum and internships, 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.


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 nondirect contact.

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.

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:

  • Counseling organizations (e.g., alcohol and drug treatment facilities, community mental health centers, counseling agencies)
  • Schools
  • Private practice settings of an approved supervisor
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Nonprofit agencies (e.g., homeless shelters, rape and abuse crisis centers)


The internship requires 600 hours of professional work experience in teaching, supervision, and research. You’ll complete these supervised activities throughout your curriculum. The five internship courses each consist of two-credit labs that are paired with a companion course and are typically completed in one academic quarter.

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