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.
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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.
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.