The field experiences courses (COUN 588P Practicum and COUN 590F Fieldwork) represent major benchmarks in the master's level theory to practice training of students in the school counseling specialization, as they are the supervised clinical experiences providing direct services to K-12 students. Students in both the traditional school counseling and 60 units (PPS/LPCC eligible) specializations enroll in practicum and then yearlong fieldwork.

The practicum (COUN 588P) is a school-based model, where a small group of students (4-6) are assigned to a school site with an USD faculty instructor. The instructor and students spend one whole day at the site providing direct service to students, and engaging in group and individual supervision. Throughout practicum student continue to develop the basic counseling skills introduced in the counseling skills class and prepare themselves for the advanced clinical instruction provided in the yearlong fieldwork placements. School Counseling practicum requires 100 hours at a site with 40 hours of direct client contact.

The fieldwork course (COUN 590) course provides in-depth guidance and counseling experience in public schools and agencies working with school-aged children. The 3-unit course is designed to provide the fieldwork candidate with experiences enhancing knowledge, skills and dispositions included in the USD Counseling Program's learning outcomes. Students participate in fieldwork over their final two semesters in the program. Fieldwork students are expected to demonstrate competencies of the highest caliber. Over the course of the two semesters of fieldwork, students are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours with 240 hours of direct service to students.

If you have any questions, contact Lily Vistica, Academic Programs Manager, at lilydancis@sandiego.edu.

School Counseling Practicum and Fieldwork Sites

Approved practicum and fieldwork sites for School Counseling are listed below. Please note that this list is subject to change.


  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Poway Unified School District
  • Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Coronado Unified School District
  • Vista Unified School District
  • Oceanside Unified School District
  • San Marcos Unified School District
  • Escondido Union High School District
  • San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Grossmont Union High School District
  • Santee School District
  • La Mesa – Spring Valley School District
  • Cajon Valley School District

Charter Schools

  • High Tech High Complex
  • High Tech Middle Schools
  • Epiphany Charter
  • Gompers Charter 6-12
  • King Chavez Charter
  • College Preparatory Middle School
  • O'Farrell Community Charter School
  • San Diego Cooperative Schools
  • Thrive Schools

Alternative Sites

  • Springall Academy
  • Balboa City School
  • Army and Navy Academy
  • Our Lady School
  • Preuss School
  • Grauer School
  • Pacific Ridge School
  • San Diego County – Juvenile Court and Community Schools
  • San Diego Center for Children