Experiential Learning

From their first semester, Valpo students learn in authentic educational settings through an integrated apprenticeship model.

School psychologists serve the entire educational system, which is why Valparaiso University offers students immediate entry into the workings of Indiana’s diverse schools. Department faculty are intentional about placing students in varied field settings — Pre-K and secondary; rural and urban; affluent and under-resourced.

Professional Preparation

Many graduate programs want to streamline the work of becoming an education professional, often cutting out vital learning opportunities. Valpo’s school psychology faculty understand that this career requires both intensive study and extensive field experience.

As students advance through the program, they spend more hours in field settings, and work in capacities of increasing responsibility and autonomy:

  • First Year — 50 hours of observation integrated into course requirements
  • Second Year — Two 125-hour practicums
  • Third Year — 1,200-hour internship
  • TOTAL — 1,500+ hours