Upon enrollment in the Counseling Program, students will undergo process screening leading to retention (i.e., candidacy), or non-retention. Process screening occurs during the first and second semesters of full-time study, or in the case of part-time study, during enrollment in at least six (6) semester hours of coursework up to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours of course work. Criteria for retention in the program include: satisfactory academic performance, satisfactory progress as a counselor in training, and supportive recommendations of the faculty. Implied in these criteria is the notion that some individuals may not possess the attributes or characteristics necessary for successful functioning as a school counselor.
That is, criteria for evaluation retention (candidacy) include more than satisfactory academic performance. Adherence to the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Professional Ethics will be employed in informing, explaining, and advising those students who are not recommended for retention (candidacy) in the program due to unsatisfactory performance in regard to academic and/or non-academic criteria.
In accord with Graduate School Policy, satisfactory academic performance is defined as the completion of all academic coursework with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 point scale.