Psych 492, Fieldwork Practicum. Supervised fieldwork in a human service or appropriate setting.

Prerequisites - Junior classification, 12 credits of Psych, permission of instructor, 2.50 GPA. [Satisfactory/Fail grading only]

Enrollment - Involves completion of an “Agreement and Grade Report Form”, obtained from the Advising Office or print [PDF], a scheduled individual meeting with the course supervisor, Dr. Scott, and completion of a learning goal statement.  A completed Agreement and Grade Report Form describes the agreed upon activities and the amount of credit.  The amount of credit varies with each project; one credit equals 3-4 hours of work per week for the semester or 45 hours.

Credit Limit - There is a limit of nine (9) credits each for Psych 490, 491, and 492 that may apply towards graduation. These experiences may count as electives and 300+ credits, however, they do NOT fulfill a course requirement.

Supervisor - Dr. Norman Scott, 515-294-1509,

Syllabus and orientation meetings - If interested in 492, please read through the syllabus which can be found at  And, consider attending an orientation meeting which will be held around registration time.  The meeting information will be posted in the Psych Undergrad Weekly Bulletin.

Available Agencies -  Once an appropriate agency and supervisor are found, the “Agreement and Grade Report Form” is completed and signed by the student, by Dr. Scott, and by the field supervisor.  Students are welcome to look through potential agency sites in the Internship and Internship Information drawer in W022 Lago.  Students are also encouraged to attend the Fall Volunteer Day (co-hosted by Psych Club) held in September to talk to agency representatives.


Sites used in past years include:

ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support), Ames
Youth and Shelter Services, Ames
Orchard Place, Des Moines
Woodward Academy, Woodward, IA

Click here for a list of potential agencies