CO-OP Information

The coordinator of cooperative education activities in the psychology department is Dr. David Lutz, (Hill 424, 836-5830). For information about cooperative education in the psychology department beyond what you may find here, please contact Dr Lutz, or check the bulletin board outside his office.

PSY 499: Practicum in psychology

PSY 499 is designed to offer students the opportunity to obtain experience through guided research or field experience. Students who are interested in cooperative education activities and who want psychology credit for those activities should take PSY 499. The prerequisites are PSY 121 plus 17 additional hours of psychology. While not rigid about these prerequisites, students are rarely allowed to enroll in PSY 499 with less than 18 hours in psychology. This is because the PSY 499 experience should allow the students to integrate their academic experiences with "the real world."

Finding a practicum

The selection of a placement site and application process to PSY 499 should begin at the beginning of the semester prior to when you wish to participate in the practicum. You can select one of three ways to obtain a practicum:

  • Choose a site that has accepted students in the past or has expressed interest in working with a psychology student. A list of past sites is available.
  • Contact the Cooperative Education office about its list of placement sites and the needs of those sites.
  • Develop a practicum on your own by talking with the supervisor of a potential placement site. Dr. David Lutz, psychology practicum supervisor, must then approve your arranged practicum.


Once you have obtained a practicum site, paperwork must be completed to enroll. You must complete a contract with the department. This contract is signed by you and the faculty representative, typically Dr. Lutz. You must also complete a "Student Learning Plan" with the co-op office, at which time you are enrolled in the course. Enrollment does not take place until these steps are completed.

Completing the practicum:

For each hour of academic credit, you must complete about 42-45 hours on site. For a typical three hour course, this means completing about 125 hours on site. In addition to hours on site, you must keep a journal and write an integrative paper.


  • A great answer to that question, "Do you have any experience?"
  • Academic credit and occasionally payment.
  • Direct experience with a field in psychology.
  • You can make a difference. Practicum students often report that they put in more than the required time at their site because they felt needed and important.

Past and/or present potential practicum sites:

  • Adventure Club
  • Association for Retarded Citizens
  • Balanced Care Corporation
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • Bellview Baptist
  • Big Brothers/Big sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Boys and Girls Town
  • Burrell Center
  • Caring Communities
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Childhood Learning Center
  • Citicorp Mortgage
  • Clark Community Mental Health Center
  • Columbia Hospital
  • Community Alternative Sentencing Program
  • Community Learning Center
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • Cox Hospital
  • Cox Hospital: Center for Addictions
  • Creative Learning Center
  • Division of Family Services
  • Division of Youth Services
  • Division of Youth Services, Delmina Woods
  • Excel School
  • Family Violence Center
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Greene County Juvenile
  • Greene County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Greene County - Teen court
  • Harbor View Mercy Hospital
  • Hartline Hospice
  • Highland Child Placement
  • Hospice of Southwest Missouri
  • Independent Living Center
  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Judevine Center for Autism
  • Kids Across America
  • The Kitchen
  • Lakeland Regional Hospital
  • Lakes Country Rehabilitation Center
  • Marillac (Residential for children)
  • McGregor School
  • Mid-Missouri Mental Health Association
  • Missouri Rehabilitation Center
  • Missouri State Legislature
  • National 4-H Council
  • Nova Center of the Ozarks
  • OACAC-Foster Grandparents
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Ozark Correctional Center
  • Ozarks Food Harvest
  • Parenting Life Skills Center
  • Partners in Caring
  • Pathways
  • Probation and Parole - Missouri
  • Rainbow Center
  • Regional Girls Shelter
  • Salvation Army
  • Missouri State Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services
  • Solutions School
  • Springfield Family Y
  • Springfield Police
  • Springfield R-XII Psychology Office
  • Springfield R-XII Solutions
  • St. John's Hospice Care
  • Up Town Kids
  • Victory Mission
  • Wilson's Creek Group Home