School counselors are trained in school counseling only after demonstrating competence in classroom teaching. This program intends to equip students with an array of skills essential for meeting the personal and academic needs of students. Chief among these are counseling and consultation skills for working inside and outside of the public schools. School counselors are viewed as experienced educators with specialized training in the various components of school guidance and counseling, as it is employed to assist and support students in successful matriculation in their K-12 experiences. These helping professionals are expected to demonstrate knowledge in a wide spectrum of training areas. Included among these are personal problem counseling, vocational and career counseling, small and large group counseling, crisis intervention, theories of development, consultation, tests and measurements, program development and evaluation, and ethical issues. The experiences of typical day-to-day activities of school counselors are considered an invaluable component of training. This program leads to an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.).
SPE 501* Intro. to Study of Excep. Children
PSY 502* Statistics
PSY 563 Learning Theory
PSY 594 Advanced Educational Psychology
PSY 595 Counseling Diverse Populations
PSY 660 Consultation
PSY 661 Needs Assessment
PSY 665 Seminar in Psychology
PSY 682 Problems in Counseling Adolescents
PSY 683 Problems in Administration of Guidance
PSY 698 Thesis I
PSY 699 Thesis II
Praxis II test required for certification
Total credit hours are 30-36 hours.
Candidates who have not taken statistics at the master’s level must enroll in PSY 502 prior to completing the A.A. program. Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate-level educator certification in a teaching field and two years of satisfactory educational experience.
PLEASE NOTE: Each course is 3 credit hours. All required courses must be completed before any internship.
* Required if not previously completed