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Professional Experiences

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Our students complete a 300 hour experience distributed across two distinctive courses for EDAD 554 (Practicum Course). They complete 150 hours in each course. Full-Time students will typically fulfill all the hours concurrently with their graduate assistantship. Only full-time students are required with no prior professional experience are required to complete the practicum requirement

Part-time students are not required to do practicum experiences. Those with prior professional experience can substitute elective coursework instead of practicum coursework. If a part-time student wants to complete a practicum student, they must complete approximately 90 of the hours as they can apply some previous or current working positions towards the hourly requirement.

Diversity of Choice

Students are able to hold a practicum experience across the St. Louis metropolitan region beyond the SIUE campus. 

Currently, the CSPA program has partnerships with the following institutions:

Harris-Stowe State University Fontbonne University Lewis and Clark Community College
Southwest Illinois College

Ranken Technical

St. Louis Community College
Washington University in St. Louis Blackburn College Greenville University
Webster University University of Missouri- St. Louis St. Louis College of Pharmacy
St. Louis University

All of these colleges are within an approximate 30-40 minute drive to SIUE. The CSPA program offers placements across a diversity of institutional types including private, public, professional colleges, community colleges, and historically black college and universities (HBCU). Practicum experiences are limited to the spring and summer semesters.

This allows for students to 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). Additional individual partnerships exist with specific partners colleges through faculty professional networks that include international experiences or opportunities. 

Graduate Assistantships

CSPA students

Students have access to over 60 assistantships at SIUE in Enrollment Management, the Division of Student Affairs, and Athletics. They provide for meaningful professional experiences.  A special collaboration across campus provides preference to open positions for CSPA students, but are not guaranteed. A stipend and tuition waiver are provided. Most assistantships in Residence Life/Housing provide room and board. Additional off-campus opportunities exist at partner institutions which include the following institutions:

St. Louis University, Ranken Tech, St. Louis Community College, Blackburn College, Greenville University, Fontbonne University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and Greenville University. 

Off-campus graduate assistantships are available and offer a stipend and tuition waiver, and a select few offer housing. Others are coupled with a generous compensation package of housing, meal plan, and a stipend. Considering these options is a wonderful opportunity as it helps defray the cost of living associated with attending graduate school and provides professional experiences at nearby institutions. All partnering institutions are approximately 30-35 minutes from campus located in the heart of St. Louis or in Illinois. 

The placement process begins typically each spring semester in March with our Visit Day. Therefore, if you are interested in an assistantship, it is important to apply to be considered for admission before this date. 

For more information please contact the CSPA Program

Graduate Assistantship Listings

General  Listings

For general listings, below check the Graduate School which regularly lists all positions. Click here for the listing

CSPA Program Special Listings

For all CSPA specific assistantships for the upcoming academic year, please visit those  listed on our CSPA Visit Day page. 

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