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PSY 4763 Early Field Experiences

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.

Both courses require students to make applications to these programs one semester BEFORE they plan to take these programs.  All placements are subject to the approval of the supervising professor.  Each student will complete a minimum of 60 volunteer hours outside of class meetings at a psychologically-oriented agency. 

Steps to Successful Placement and Registration


PREREQUSITES:  PSY 1013, 1603, and 3513.

Step 1:  Find a local placement site with a volunteer opportunity pertaining to psychology.

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Step 2:  You must meet with the Psychology Departmental Advisor to enroll in the course. YOU SHOULD START AT LEAST ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE (see below for deadlines).  

Step 3:  Once you select an agency or agencies you are interested in pursuing, you should call each agency to make an appointment for an interview.

  • Make sure to bring your contract to the interview.  You will be filling the contract out with your agency supervisor or the volunteer coordinator. 

·         Click here for the Contract for Early Field

Step 4:  Attend the interview.  The purpose of the interview is to visit the agency, to begin to get acquainted with the functioning of the agency, and to discuss placement and subsequent student career goals with the supervisor. 

Many agencies have standardized goals and activities statements.   If they do not have goals, you must discuss 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 Summer semester.  You must complete at least 60 hours over the course of a 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 and the agency address and phone number is 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 Dr.Asbury before the deadline of April 15.

Step 8: Once Dr.Asbury 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.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Trey Asbury at

page last updated 11/28/2016 12:46 PM