Although flexibility in program admission is highly valued and encouraged, prerequisites in the behavioral sciences may be necessary to accommodate for individual differences in student competencies and understandings acquired prior to entering the program. Thus, students not possessing a Bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, sociology, human development, anthropology, or related areas may be required to enroll in appropriate background courses in the behavioral sciences. These prerequisite courses will not be included as part of the 51 credit hours for graduation.
Selection of Students
The Counseling Program, Department of Educational Psychology, has a once a year admission policy. The deadline for application for admission for the subsequent fall semester is December 1st. Students are notified concerning their application status by January 30th. Students are required to respond to the program’s offer of admission by February 15th.
The applicant pool for the School Counseling program based on applications received for the 2013–2014 academic year consisted of 36 individuals. From this pool a total of 18 students were accepted into the program.
Because the focus of the program is to prepare school counselors to work with poor and minority youth, we are attempting to attract a student body of graduate students that matches the diversity of the student bodies found within urban public schools. Once a student is admitted to the program, the attrition rate is lower than 5% and is generally due to a student’s change of aspirations, career goals, or personal reasons.
The Department of Educational Psychology has a limited number of graduate assistantships and tuition waivers for School Counseling students, and occasionally students are able to secure paid internships during their final year in the program.
Each student, upon formal admission to the program, is assigned an advisor who assists the student in developing his/her plan of study. During the second semester in the program, students select an advisory committee consisting of two associate advisors and the major advisor, to advise and direct their course of study. Students are at liberty to change their advisory committee, if in the opinion of the student his/her committee is not viable to enable the student to achieve his/her goals.