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School Counseling (M.A.) 2016-2017 Catalog Year

College of Health Professions and Social Work

http://www.fgcu.edu/CHPSW/Counseling/SCMA/index.asp

The Counseling Department offers an M.A. in School Counseling that is Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited and approved by the Florida Department of Education.  The M.A. program is designed to prepare graduates to implement comprehensive, research-based school counseling programs that reflect national standards; specifically those of the American School Counselor Association.  The program is designed for the continued professional development of persons presently serving or who have an interest in serving children and adolescents in a school setting as professional School Counselors.

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, group work, practicum, and research, and program evaluation.  Additional specialized courses focusing on school counseling are offered in areas such as internship, special populations, consultation, supervision, 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 make progress through the program as a cohort and may complete this program on a full or part-time basis.

Entering students are expected to establish competency as educators by providing copies of Florida certifications or transcripts that document educator preparation as part of their application packets.  Students who do not establish competency at the outset of the program are required to complete all FTCE subsections and additional courses in Reading and ESOL.  The program begins in the Fall term, students who need to take additional courses are encouraged to do so in the summer prior to entry or during the first year of enrollment.  All graduates meet all requirements for certification as PK-12 school counselors and are ready for employment upon graduation.

Program Admission Requirements

See program website at URL listed above.

Program Requirements

Required courses:
MHS 6010  Intro to School Counseling (3)
MHS 6200 Appraisal Procedures (3)
MHS 6340 Career Development (3)
MHS 6400 Couns Theory for School Couns (3)
MHS 6401 Advanced School Counsel Method (3)
MHS 6420 Counseling Spec Population Gps (3)
MHS 6481  Human Dev for School Counselor (3)
MHS 6530 Grp Wrk for Sch Professionals (3)
MHS 6601 Consult & Collabor Prob Solve (3)
MHS 6700  Legal & Ethical Iss. in Coun. (3)
MHS 6710  Research & Prog Evaluation (3)
MHS 6800  Practicum in Counseling (3)
MHS 6805  Adv Practicum in Counseling (3)
MHS 6831  Schl Counseling-Internship I (2)
MHS 6832  Schl Counsl-Intern-Supervision (4)
SDS 6830  Schl Counsel-Final Internship (3-6)

In addition to the above required courses, students who have not otherwise established competencies in Reading and ESOL as specified by the Florida Department of Education must complete the following 6 credits (usually taken in the fall semester and/or spring but under advisement may be taken in the summer prior to matriculation):

EDG 6356 Inst Models and Strategies (3)
RED 5147L Developmental Reading (3)*

Note: *Requires 15 hours of field observation in a school setting during the day.


TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 48-54

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 Examination 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 advisor or program coordinator 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.

Dual Majors: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling

The Counseling Department offers an opportunity to earn a single M.A. degree with both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling major and the School Counseling major.  Students must meet initial admissions requirements of both programs to qualify for this option.  Students may elect the dual major option at any time prior to the M.A. degree being awarded.  Students initially admitted into the School Counseling major, will take an additional 27 credits.  Students initially admitted into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling major, will take an additional 21 credits.  Students must complete all degree requirements for both majors including passing all subsections of the FTCE, General Knowledge, Professional Educator Examination and the Guidance and Counseling Subject Area Exam prior to graduation.  Contact the Department of Counseling for additional information.

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