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Professional Experiences

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Our students complete a 120 hour experience in EDAD 554: Practicum. Full-time students fulfill all the hours during the summer semester of their first year in the graduate program. Only full-time students are required to complete the practicum requirement.

Part-time students are not required to do practicum experiences. Instead, part-time students with professional experience can substitute elective coursework for practicum coursework. If a part-time student wants to complete a practicum, they should meet with Dr. Candace Hall to discuss their options.

Students work with the field placement coordinator to identify a practicum experience either on campus or across the St. Louis metropolitan region.

All participating colleges are within an approximate 30-40 minute drive to SIUE. The CSPA program offers placements across a variety of institutional types including private, public, professional colleges, community colleges, and Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs). Currently, the CSPA program has partnerships with the following institutions:

Blackburn College
Greenville College
Harris-Stowe State University
McKendree University
Saint Louis University
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis
Webster University

Students also apply for national placements with (1) National Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA); (2) Association of College Housing and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I); or (3) National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). 

Graduate Assistantships

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Graduate assistantships provide for meaningful professional experiences.  Our graduate program collaborates with partners across campus to offer graduate assistantships, however assistantships are not guaranteed. A stipend and tuition waiver are provided alongside most graduate assistantships. For graduate assistants in Residence Life/Housing, provide room and board. may also be included. 

Fall 2021 Graduate Assistantships 

The CSPA Program is in the process of revamping our graduate assistantship application process. In the coming months, more information on available graduate assistantships for Fall 2021 will be available on this page.  Please check back for more information December 2020. 



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