Early Field Experiences
Early Field Experience offers students the opportunity for supervised experiences in a psychologically oriented work environment with diverse client populations. Students can take either PSY 4953 Cooperative Education or PSY 4763 Early Field Experiences in Psychology as advanced electives. Early Field is offered only during the summer term.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Prerequisites: PSY 1013, 1603, and 2513.
- Students must complete all steps to register by April 15.
- Students must be of junior or senior standing.
- Students must have completed a minimum of 15 hours in psychology and 55 hours overall.
- Students must have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative and 3.0 psychology GPA in order to enroll in PSY 4763.
- Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 volunteer hours at a psychologically oriented agency.
- All placements must be approved by the psychology department's early field education faculty advisor, Trey Asbury, Ph.D.
Steps to Successful Placement and Registration
All of the following must be completed before enrolling in PSY 4763.
Step 1: Find a local placement site with a volunteer opportunity pertaining to psychology. We suggest:
Step 2: You must meet with the psychology department's advisor, Mike Elias, to enroll in the course. Begin this process by at least March 15 in order to meet the April 15 registration deadline.
Step 3: Once you select an agency or agencies you are interested in pursuing, call each agency to make an appointment for an interview.
Step 4: Attend the interview. The purpose of the interview is to visit the agency, to begin to get acquainted with the way the agency functions, and to discuss placement and subsequent student career goals with the supervisor.
Make sure to bring your contract to the interview. You will be filling the contract out with your agency supervisor or the volunteer coordinator. Download the Contract for Early Field Experiences.
Many agencies have standardized goals and activities statements. If they do not have goals, you must discuss these with the agency supervisor. The goals are essentially what they expect of you at the placement.
Step 5: If you choose to select that agency for your placement, you will fill out the contract with your supervisor.
You are expected to make a set schedule and adhere closely to the specific days and times you have agreed to be at the site. You are expected to work approximately 6 to 7 hours per week during the summer semester. You must complete at least 60 hours over the course of a ten-week semester.
Once you have agreed on goals, activities, and schedule, both you and your supervisor will sign the contract. Make sure the name of your supervisor, the agency address and phone number are correct.
Step 6: Determine from your supervisor when the agency orientation/training will occur. Most sites have mandatory orientations that you must attend before starting. Be sure to attend this orientation before the first class meeting.
Step 7: Turn in your completed contract to Trey Asbury, Ph.D., before the deadline of April 15.
Step 8: Once Trey Asbury, Ph.D., receives your completed contract with signatures, he will email you the registration code for the class. Registration is completed via the Express Registration area of the Pioneer Portal. The course assignments are online with weekly assignments in addition to field work.
Contact Trey Asbury, Ph.D., at email@example.com.