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    Practicum Education Program


    The Pupil Services and Student Support Programs Practicum Education Program values its working relationship with university student internship programs in Social Work and School Counseling Programs.  Practicum Education has long been recognized as an important part of our units that brings significant long-term benefits to our profession as Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) and Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) experts. These benefits include new perspectives, ideas, enthusiasm, and the most up-to-date practices. The university partnerships have led to over 740 successful internship experiences since 2012.


    Our Practicum Instructors and Preceptors offer a variety of unique “hands on” learning experiences in a diverse urban setting to their interns. In addition, Practicum Instructors and Preceptors have an opportunity to share their expertise and sharpen their professional skills. Although internships are unpaid positions, the experience gained by the student will be invaluable in future career pursuits.  The Practicum Education Program is one of mutual benefit; the intern expects to learn new tasks and acquire new capabilities, and the PSA Counselor expects to provide an additional resource to their placement.

    All Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors are required to follow the same protocols so that Pupil Services and Student Support Programs can provide a positive and professional atmosphere for the interns, school staff and the families served. All counselors participating in the Practicum Education Program must obtain approval from their respective program administrator and work-site administrator.  


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    Program Services

    • Intern: The PSA/SSP Intern will gain practical work experience in the areas of counseling, case management, and collaborative work with both school and community support systems. The intern position supports LAUSD student experiencing difficulties in achieving their academic potential due to social/emotional, home and community barriers.
      With the support and guidance of the practicum instructor, the intern will utilize a three-tiered model (prevention, early intervention, and intensive intervention) to improve individual and system-wide student attendance, engagement, achievement, and graduation. The intern is expected to participate in practicum placement either 4 hours, 16 hours, or 20 hours per week from September-May depending on their respective university program requirements As a student intern, they must also adhere to all District policies and procedures. 
    • Practicum Instructor: Practicum Instructors are primarily responsible for the training and supervision of assigned intern(s). They facilitate the placement experience, assess student competencies, evaluate the intern's professional development, work directly with our university partners, and dedicate one-hour weekly supervision and planning.
    • Preceptor: Under the direction of an intern's Practicum Instructor, Preceptors take responsibility for a piece of the student's learning, often teaching a specific area of expertise or skill.  Preceptors do not work directly with our university partners but may precept for fellow PSA, SSP, or School Mental Health (SMH) colleagues.  Additionally, Preceptors can take interns who are working solely on their CWA hours. 
    • Central Team Support: The Practicum Education Program Leads collaborate with different universities and departments within LAUSD to ensure accountability and compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), applicable laws, policies, procedures, data collection, and training/professional development related to interns.  


    University Partners

    Pupil Services and Student Support Programs is accepting interns from the following University Partners (Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) have been established):



    California Lutheran University (CLU)

    Counseling, PPSC, CWA

    California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)

    (1) Social Work (MSW)

    (2) Counseling, PPSC, CWA

    California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)

    Social Work (MSW)

    California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

    Social Work (MSW), PPSC, CWA, Post MSW- PPSC, CWA

    California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)

    (1) Social Work (MSW)

    (2) Counseling - School Based Family Counseling Program (MFT) PPSC, CWA

    California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

    (1) Social Work (MSW)

    (2) Counseling, PPSC, CWA

    Concordia University Irvine

    Counseling, PPSC 

    Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

    Counseling, PPSC, CWA

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

    Social Welfare (MSW), PPSC, CWA

    University of Southern California (USC)

    Social Work (MSW), PPSC, CWA


    If you are a University with a program in School Counseling and/or Social Work and interested in partnering with LAUSD PSA/SSP Practicum Education Program, please contact the Practicum Education Coordinators:

    Pupil Services

    Student Support Programs

    Admin: Rebecca Mena, PSA Specialist


    Admin: Erin Campbell, Administrative Coordinator 


    Lead: Sylvia Zuniga Zepeda, PSA Counselor





  • Contact

    Student Support Programs Director: 
    Denise Miranda, Ed. D.
    Pupil Services & Attendance Director:
    Elsy Rosado

    333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
     P: (213) 241-3840
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