Field Experience

This program includes clinical field experiences in the form of practicum and internship. These clinical experiences are part of the requirements necessary for certification or licensure in the state of Maryland. Towson's program is designed to allow students to accumulate as many of the supervised hours required for licensure as possible, while in the masters program. The Maryland Board requires that students complete 3000 supervised clinical hours no sooner than two years post-masters. Of the 3000 required hours, 1500 must be direct face-to-face client contact hours. The MD Board specifies that students may complete up to 1000 supervised clinical hours during their MA program. Students in the Towson University Counseling Psychology Master's Program accumulate between 540 to 840 supervised clinical hours.

Practicum: During the second year of the program, concurrent with other coursework, students enroll in a semester long practicum course. The course involves 240 clock hours (16-20 hours a week) of placement in a setting where students provide counseling under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. Practicum also involves attendance and participation in a required weekly class on campus. The practicum placements are arranged by the practicum coordinator in consultation with the student and available licensed supervisors. During the practicum, students engage in clinical experiences appropriate for their level of professional training.

Internship: Following successful completion of the practicum, students complete a supervised 300 hour internship in a clinical setting. Practitioner track students may elect to enroll in a 6 credits of internship and complete 600 clinical hours on a full-time basis (40 hours a week) over one semester or on a part-time basis (20 hours a week) over two semesters. Internships are supervised on site by a licensed mental health professional and include a weekly class meeting with a faculty member.