Our MEd programs in School Counseling fully prepare students to be eligible for certification and employment as a School Counselor in Florida. This program provides professional and research based competencies through classroom coursework and 700 hours of practicum and Internship experiences that meet both national standards and state certification requirements. Typically students attend their courses in the early evenings and work with the Program's Clinical Coordinator to determine locations of their successive internship experiences. Graduates from this program work in public and private schools that serve PK-12 students and some work in postsecondary institutions including career and technical centers, special training programs for youth, colleges, and universities.
Our MEd program provides an additional certification area in School Counseling (PK-12) for those who already have one or more teacher certifications. Both programs focus on providing quality educational experiences that focus on the critical role of school counselors in fostering academic achievement and high aspirations among all students. The programs thus prepare school counseling leaders who can design, deliver and evaluate curriculum and programming in academic, career, and personal/social development according to American School Counselor Association's National Model and other key educational standards. Students in the MA program enroll for nine credits of educator preparation.
The Counseling Programs at FGCU have a long history of graduates in Southwest Florida dating back to 1991 through the USF at Fort Myers branch campus. In these last two decades, the program has grown and evolved to meet local and national needs and practices and has always provided its graduates with high levels of skill, professionalism, and integrity. Our Southwest Florida community has many opportunities to serve its children, adults and families in its schools, community agencies, advocacy groups, health care, and other providers of support and clinical services. Our faculty, have varying expertise areas, research interests, and backgrounds as school and mental health counselors and often bring their professional experiences and research interests to the classroom to ensure that we create an engaging and realistic learning environment.