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 total credit hours needed for graduation.
Selection of Students
The Counselor Education 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.
Because the focus of the program is to prepare school counselors to work with poor and minority youth, we attract a student body of graduate students that matches the diversity of the students 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.
Each student, upon formal admission to the program, is assigned an advisor who assists the student in developing their 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.