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School Counseling Hands-On and Experiential Learning

The University of Mount Union’s school counseling major is designed to allow students to acquire hands-on experience in educational settings, such as internships, shadowing and practicums, providing applied experiences for school counselors.

Clinical Observations in School Counseling
Engaging in clinical observations presents students with the chance to shadow professionals in their field of interest. This allows for personal, face-to-face interaction, enhancing students’ skills and introducing them to real-world settings.

The following courses provide opportunities for students to participate in clinical observations in educational contexts:

  • ISP 220: Development & Characteristics of Typical & Atypical Learners (4 Credits)
  • EDU 330: Young Children & Students with Exceptionalities (4 Credits)
  • EDU 175: Introduction to Teaching Professions – Early Childhood & Intervention Specialist (4 Credits)
  • MCH 175: Introduction to Teaching Profession – Middle School (4 Credits)*
  • AYA 175: Introduction to Teaching Profession – Secondary Education (4 Credits)*

*Students will select one of these courses, depending on which age group they wish to work with in the future.

Research
Research in the field of school counseling captures student curiosity and helps students build upon lessons learned in the classroom, as well as knowledge gained through real-world experiences outside of the classroom.

The following courses provide opportunities for students to engage in conducting systematic and empirical research:

  • PSY 200: Research Methods & Data Analysis I (4 Credits)
  • PSY 205: Research Methods & Data Analysis II (4 Credits)
  • PSY 400: Senior Research I (4 Credits)
  • PSY 405: Senior Research II (2 Credits)

Applied Experiences/Internship in School Counseling
Students gain hands-on, practical experience through active participation and application of skills learned through lectures and observations. Internship experiences provide exposure to real-world settings as well as knowledge that cannot be learned in the classroom.

The following courses provide opportunities for students to engage in applied experiences in real-world contexts:

  • PSY 499: Psychology Internship (4 Credits)