The Practicum and Internship are a required element of the educational experiences necessary for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a professional counselor, as well as in many other states. When a student is finishing the first year of the MSC program or beginning the second year, he/she should talk to the Director of Practicum & Internships and begin thinking about and investigating potential practicum and internship placements.

The resources on this page are provided to help students understand the goals, requirements, and operating procedures for participating in the practicum and internship training experiences.

Advanced Specialization in Counseling (Third Year Program)

The Third Year Program is comprised of 12 credits/6 courses that are educational content areas required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey in order to obtain licensure. Coursework taken during the Third Year Program may be different for those who are pursuing licensure in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Typically, the majority of coursework for the Third Year Program takes place on Tuesday evenings and is completed in one calendar year.

 Application Process

When students are in the first semester of their second year of the MSC program, a student may choose to apply to the Third Year Program to pursue licensure. Applications are due no later than February 1 as students must begin the process of securing practicum and internship sites for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.

Students who have graduated from another university with their Masters in Counseling may also apply to the Third Year Program to complete state educational requirements for licensure. However, any student from another university who wishes to apply to the Third Year Program must simultaneously apply to the general Graduate Application for Admission which includes the submission of transcripts, references, essays, and a group interview.

Third Year Program Typical Schedule

CSG 851 – Career Development Counseling
CSG 860 – Professional Development Practicum

CSG 891 – Professional Internship I
CSG 856 – Psychological Research & Evaluation

CSG 892 – Professional Internship II
CSG 857 – Psychological Measurement & Diagnosis

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