The Counseling Department offers an M.A. in School Counseling that is Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited. Students in the School Counseling program take coursework in the areas of human development, legal and ethical issues of the profession, career development, appraisal methods, counseling theories, groupwork, practicum and research, and program evaluation. Additional specialized courses focusing on school counseling are offered in areas such as internship, special populations, consultation, and professional development.
Students are engaged in field-based activities during almost every enrollment. Students without prior training as teachers who wish to become certified school counseling professionals must complete additional courses in classroom management, curriculum and instruction, and reading. Students may complete this program on a full or part time basis.
Program Admission Requirements
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The M.A. program is designed for individuals without prior teaching preparation who wish to become school counselors. This initial certification program includes additional coursework and begins in the fall semester with the opportunity to take co-requisite educator preparation courses during the prior summer.
- Required courses:
- MHS 6010 Introduction to School Counseling (3)
- MHS 6051 Human Development for School Counselors (3)
- MHS 6200 Appraisal Procedures in Schools (3)
- MHS 6340 Career Development (3)
- MHS 6400 Counseling Theory for School Counselors (3)
- MHS 6401 Advanced School Counseling Methods (3)
- MHS 6420 Counseling Special Populations (3)
- MHS 6500 Group Work for School Professionals (3)
- MHS 6601 Consult & Collabor Prob Solve (3)
- MHS 6700 Legal & Ethical Issues in the Counseling Profession (3)
- MHS 6710 Research & Program Evaluation (3)
- MHS 6800 Practicum in Counseling (3)
- MHS 6805 Advanced Practicum in Counseling (3)
- MHS 6831 School Counseling Internship I (2)
- MHS 6832 Schl Counsl-Intern-Supervision (4)
- SDS 6830 Schl Counsel-Final Internship (3)
In addition to the above required courses, the following must be completed (usually taken in the first summer of fall semester but under advisement a student may elect to take two courses in fall and the remaining course in another semester):
- EDF 5259 Classroom Mgmt & Organization (3)
- EDG 6356 Instructional Models and Strategies (3)
- RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3)*
Note: *Requires 15 hours of field observation in a school setting during the day.
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 57
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Students must satisfactorily complete the number of credit hours specified by the graduate degree program.
- A grade of B or higher must be earned in all Department graduate courses used as prerequisites and each core courses.
- Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework in program.
- Students must complete and pass a culminating demonstration of learning and competence at the end of the program. These may include comprehensive examinations, portfolios, special practicum projects, or research projects. (Students seeking certification must fully demonstrate Educator Accomplished Practices.)
- Students seeking certification by graduating from a state approved program must show evidence of passing all FTCE exam components as required by the state of Florida. These include the Professional Education examination (taken by all applicants applying for an initial teaching certificate, the Florida Guidance and Counseling Subject Area Examamintion and the General Knowledge Test (if they do not already have Florida certification or if they have not already passed all subsections of the CLAST prior to July 1, 2002.) (See Counseling Program Leader for more information.)
- The program limits the transfer of coursework into its graduate programs to a maximum of 12 credits or three courses.To be considered, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of B and no more than seven years prior to the date of entry into the graduate program and no more than 10 years prior to graduation from the graduate program.
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