Submitting your Practicum Application
Applications for practicum must be submitted in Meditrek within the Application Submission Windows listed below.
Applying for field experience can be a lengthy process. Start early. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be accepted.
Practicum Application Submission Windows
Spring Quarter: February 26, 2024
Application Window Closes: December 15, 2023
Summer Quarter: May 27, 2024
Application Window Closes: March 15, 2024
Fall Quarter: August 26, 2024
Application Window Closes: June 15, 2024
Winter Quarter: November 25, 2024
Application Window Closes: September 15, 2024
The application window opens the day after the window closes for the previous quarter.
Practicum applications can be accepted only within these windows.
Student Application Requirements
The practicum application consists of several checklist items, all of which are required for application submission.
- Field Experience Manual - detailed information about application requirements
- Meditrek Student Guide - application submission instructions.
Documents to Upload in Meditrek
Some of the Meditrek® checklist items are documents that will need to be completed outside of Meditrek® and uploaded into your Meditrek® field experience application.
Practicum Application Worksheet
Must be completed in coordination with your proposed site supervisor. It provides the site supervisor with an overview of the field experience requirements, and you will use the information contained within the document to help you complete your field experience application in Meditrek®.
Professional Liability Insurance
You are required to obtain professional liability insurance prior to beginning a field experience and to maintain active professional liability insurance throughout the duration of the field experiences.
Forms to Complete in Meditrek
Several application checklist items are online forms that you will complete right in your Meditrek® application. You will gather information needed from your field site to complete these online forms in the Field Experience Application Worksheet. The information in the Field Experience Application Worksheet must match exactly the information entered into the online forms in your Meditrek® application. Discrepancies will result in rejection of the field experience application and could result in a delay of the field experience.
SOC-OFE Application Review
The SOC-OFE application review process includes multiple layers of review (academic and operations). Applications can be returned to you throughout the review process to allow for revision, with the intent of approving all viable applications. You must monitor your Walden email account closely during the application review period (from the time you submit your application for field experience through the start of enrollment) to ensure that you are able to respond to requests for additional information during the time frames provided.
Field experience operations coordinators complete the operations review of field experience applications, including:
- Field experience documentation (e.g. professional liability insurance certificate),
- Affiliation agreements,
- Onboarding requirements,
- Eligibility audits, and
- Course registration.
School of Counseling faculty on the field experience committee complete the academic review of field experience applications, including:
- Quality of field experience to ensure it meets program and accreditation requirements,
- Site supervisor credentials and qualifications,
- Academic quality of field experience, and
- Site appropriateness for your program.