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SOC-OFE Doctoral Students: Doctoral Practicum Application Process

Doctoral Practicum Application Submission Windows

Doctoral Practicum applications can be accepted only within the submission windows outlined below.


Practicum Start

Application Submission Window OPENS

Application Submission Window CLOSES

Summer Quarter 2021

(May 31, 2021—Aug. 8, 2021)

December 16, 2021

March 15, 2021

Fall Quarter 2021

(Aug. 30, 2021—Nov. 7, 2021)

March 16, 2021

June 15, 2021

Winter Quarter 2021

(Nov. 29, 2021—Feb. 6, 2022)

June 16, 2021 September 15, 2021

Spring Quarter 2022

(Feb. 28, 2022—May 8, 2022)

September 16, 2021 December 15, 2021


Important Notes (please read):

  • A separate application must be completed and approved for every quarter of enrollment in field experience (including Practicum, Internship I, and Internship II, as well as Practicum and Internship Extensions, if needed).
  • PhD-CES students who need to complete master's level field experiences should adhere to the requirements and application process for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Doctoral Practicum Application Process Overview

1.  Secure a field site

  • Students are required to secure an appropriate site and site supervisor for the doctoral practicum
  • Use the Site Search Resources and ask for help if you need it!
  • Complete any application and/or interview process as required by the field site.

2.  Prepare doctoral practicum application materials

  • Complete all of the required forms and obtain necessary documents prior to submitting your application in Meditrek
  • Work with your site supervisor to complete/obtain*:
    • Field Experience Learning Agreement
    • Site Supervision Contract
    • Site Supervisor's Resume/SV
  • Secure Professional Liability Insurance
  • If you are using a regular employment position to fulfill field experience requirements, obtain a copy of your Job Description

*We recommend that you set up a time to meet with your site supervisor in person to complete the Doctoral Practicum Learning Agreement and Site Supervision Contract.

3.  Submit Application

4.  SOC-OFE Review of Application

  • Program faculty will review your site supervisor and the details of your field experience to determine the fit of your proposed field experience with program requirements.
    • You may be asked for additional information and/or revisions, so it is imperative that you monitor your Walden email closely.
  • The SOC-OFE operations coordinator will determine if Walden University has a current Affiliation Agreement with your proposed field site and will contact your field site to establish a new agreement, if needed.
  • The SOC-OFE operations coordinator will perform an Eligibility Audit to ensure that the prerequisite requirements for the field experience have been met.
  • You will receive final approval decision via Walden email.

Required Documents - Doctoral Practicum

Professional Liability Insurance

You must obtain professional liability insurance prior to beginning practicum, with coverage limits of at least $1 million per incident and $3 million aggregate. You must obtain your own liability insurance policy, even if you are covered by your site's insurance policy.

You are required to be insured from the beginning of practicum through the end of internship. If the insurance certificate that you submit with your application expires during the field experience, you will need to send a new insurance certificate to the SOC-OFE.

How to obtain professional liability insurance:

You must obtain appropriate student malpractice insurance; however, you are not required to secure it from either of the aforementioned agencies.

International Students

You must attempt to obtain the required professional liability insurance for field experience. If insurance is not available or is cost-prohibitive in your location, you may request a waiver from the Office of Applied Learning Agreements.

To request a professional liability insurance waiver, submit the Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) Waiver Form.

  • The form must be completed in its entirety
  • The SOCHP-OFE will submit the PLI Waiver form to the Office of Applied Learning Agreements for a decision
  • The SOCHP-OFE is not involved in this decision, but we will communicate the decision of the Office of Applied Learning Agreements to you when we receive it.
  • Submission of the PLI Waiver form does not guarantee approval.