Fieldwork Requirements School Psychology

Doctor of Psychology

Fieldwork Requirements

Your PsyD program requires a minimum of 400 practicum hours and 1,500 internship hours. These fieldwork components will give you hands-on, in-person educational experiences to solidify your knowledge. Under the guidance of professionals in the field as well as faculty supervisors, you will apply skills gained through your online learning and residency.

The Practicum Experience

Practicum is a part-time, on-site commitment of service in the schools working 20 hours per week for two 10-week quarters for a total of 400 hours. You will receive supervised training and practice the core competencies of professional psychology while simultaneously completing the accompanying online courses.

The Internship Experience

Your PsyD program requires a supervised internship experience that typically occurs in the final year of your program. The internship requires a full-time, on-site commitment with a minimum of 1,500 hours, completed at 40 hours per week for each 10-week quarter of training. During this time, you’ll receive individualized, face-to-face supervision from your on-site supervisor.

Fieldwork Settings

You will work with Capella faculty to identify a practicum and internship site within your community. 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)

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