The Department of School and Community Counseling is designed to professionally train and prepare professional counselors in the specialized tracks of School Counseling Prek-12, and Community Counseling.
The School Counseling Prek-12 track prepares candidates for careers in schools counseling at grade levels Prek-12, in the elementary, middle and high school settings. The Community Counseling track prepares candidates for careers in community agency and/or non-school settings (i.e., community service boards, substance abuse centers, group homes, residential facilities, social service agencies, juvenile detention centers, rehabilitation facilities, court service units, career centers, prevention programs, public/private community agencies).
Candidates have the option of pursuing either the Master of Education (M.Ed.) or the Master of Science (M.S.) degree. The primary distinction between the degree programs is the M.Ed. is more practice and application oriented, while the M.S. places greater emphasis on research and evaluation. The M.S. requires candidates to complete a quantitatively based, data-driven, research thesis and take an additional research course.
The outcomes of the School Counseling Prek-12 program have been aligned with the Professional Education Program Unit’s Conceptual Framework outcomes to support the development of Competent, Caring, Effective and Reflective Professional Counselors who are committed to addressing the challenges of educating all students for multicultural and global learning communities. As Competent Counselors, candidates will understand the central knowledge, concepts and skills necessary in the Counselor field. As Caring Counselors, candidates will show respect for all learners and empower them to set achievable goals while maintaining high standards. As Effective Counselors, candidates will use research-based best practices and performance assessments to guide the learning process and positively impact the educational environment to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge and skills to face the global challenges of the 21st century. Finally, as reflective Counselor, candidates will reflect upon and evaluate research and the success of past decisions in an effort to make better decisions in the future.