All Western Michigan University psychology majors have the option to complete a three-credit practicum which provides students an opportunity to use their knowledge in an applied setting.
Most practicum sites have limited openings. Students in the Department of Psychology interested in enrolling in a practicum experience should start the application process at least one semester prior to the semester in which you plan to enroll.
Planning your experience
- Go through the practica opportunities and select practica based on prerequisites and interest.
- See the undergraduate psychology advisor if you have general practica questions.
- Contact the faculty member listed in the "contact" line of the practica handout.
- Contact the practicum site given to you by the faculty member.
- Fill out the permission to elect form.
- Attend the interview for the practicum site if required and bring the permission to elect form.
- Complete any required background checks.
- Have the on-site supervisor at the practicum sign the permission to elect form.
- Have the faculty member sign the permission to elect form.
- bring the permission to elect form completely filled out with all signatures to the psychology undergraduate advisor located in 3766 Wood Hall.
- Check your schedule to make sure you have been registered for PSY 3970.
- A minimum of 135 hours or approximately 10 hours per week is required to complete a practicum.
According to state law if your selected practicum or research experience will put you into direct contact with any children under 18, you must have a Central Registry Check completed to screen your background for prior history of child abuse or neglect. Please contact the coordinator of the program or organization of the specific practicum site to submit the appropriate paperwork for the background check before completing the permission to elect form.
Practica evaluation to receive your grade
Complete the PSY 3970 student evaluation form and return to your faculty advisor by the final week of the semester or session.