The school counseling emphasis is comprised of 60 semester hour credits including two (2) full academic years, defined as four (4) semesters of approved graduate-level study followed by a 700-hour internship. Embodied in the school counseling philosophy, curriculum, and content of course offerings is a focus and emphasis on environmental and specialized studies that include:
- Meeting the needs of a diverse population at all levels in urban schools;
- The American School Counseling Association’s (ACSA) National Model for School Counseling
- The National Transforming School Counseling Initiative (The Education Trust, Inc.)
The objectives of the Master’s Degree are intended to prepare students that will:
- Possess the ability and demonstrate the skills, characteristics and attributes to meet State and national standards for certification as a school counselor by successfully completing a core curriculum that includes 10 content areas, i.e., Human Growth and Development, Social and Cultural Foundations, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Career and Life Style Development, Appraisal, Research and Program Evaluation, Professional Orientation, Foundations and Contents of School Counseling and Collaborating/Consulting; a progression of supervised experiences in counseling; and a course of study in special education thereby enabling them to practice as a school counselor for grades pre-K through 12.
- Demonstrate knowledge about the history, philosophy, and current trends in school counseling and educational systems.
- Apply both developmental and intervention models to the total development of students as unique individuals within educational settings.
- Use school-based data to design comprehensive programs to meet specific school counseling program goals, including action plans for implementation and evaluation.
- Develop mechanisms for referral, collaboration and public relations.
- Become leaders in the school and advocates for educational equity for all students.
- Be aware of current ethical and legal issues, laws and both federal and state regulations relevant to school counseling.
- Apply current and emerging technological resources to: 1) enhance counseling and guidance planning, and 2) promote informed academic, career and personal/social choices.
- Demonstrate accountability by using outcome-based data to effect systemic change.
To meet state and national standards for certification as a school counselor, the curriculum is divided into 10 content areas:
- Human Growth and Development
- Social and Cultural Diversity
- Helping Relationships
- Life Style and Career Development
- Research and Evaluation
- Professional Identity and Ethics
- Foundations and Contents of School Counseling