Mental Health Counseling (MSEd)


COVID-19 Guidelines for Clinical Experiences

Students must follow COVID-19 protocols determined by the host organization or school.

Clinical Experiences: Practicum and Internship

Hunter College Mental Health Counseling Program students are required to complete two fieldwork experiences during their academic program: practicum and internship.

For information on the courses associated with these fieldwork experiences, consult the course catalog in conjunction with the course sequence and program tracker.

Course Catalog

Review the course descriptions, progress standards, and exit requirements in the Course Catalog based on start date.

Course Catalog Summer 2022 onward

Course Catalog prior to Summer 2022

Course Sequence and Program Tracker


Practicum is a one-semester placement, which may be completed in the fall or spring semester. Practicum requires students to be in the field a minimum of 100 hours per semester (approximately one full day each week). There are two corresponding courses required to register for during the practicum semester.


Upon successful completion of practicum, students are eligible to start internship, their second fieldwork experience during their academic program. Internship is a two-consecutive semester placement, which starts in the fall semester and is completed in the spring semester. Internship requires students to be in the field a minimum of 300 hours per semester (approximately three full days each week). There is one corresponding course required to register for during each internship semester.

Application and Placement

Registration permission is required to register for Practicum and Internship courses. Counseling students are responsible for identifying their placement in collaboration with the fieldwork coordinator. Once placement has been approved, registration permission will be granted.

For the Practicum

Students are required to attend one fieldwork orientation session prior to applying for practicum. Of the two sessions scheduled each semester, students may choose one to attend. At this orientation, students will learn about the fieldwork search process and application process. Students are encouraged to apply from the list of pre-approved fieldwork sites, however are allowed to choose a new site to complete fieldwork, pending all requirements may be met at that new site. The Fieldwork Coordinator must vet all new sites for final approval.

Students may apply for practicum by submitting a complete practicum application by the first Thursday in December or May, the semester prior to starting.

For the Internship

Students must apply for internship submitting a complete internship application by the first Thursday in May, the semester prior to starting.


Each program has a Clinical Placement Specialist to work with students regarding fieldwork and supervised teaching.

Clinical Placement Specialist