Education Specialist - Professional School Counseling
Degree Program Overview
With this program, school counselors who have a master’s degree and initial certification in school counseling are better able to help all P-12 students with academic success, career preparedness, and personal/social development. The program uses a cohort model where students progress through the course sequence together, learning from and supporting each other. The program is grounded in the principles of the Transforming School Counseling Initiative and the American School Counselor Association’s National Model. Completion results in recommendation for Advanced Certification in School Counseling.
Curriculum and Courses
The coursework features advanced specialty classes in:
- School counseling
- Cross-cultural counseling
- Counseling supervision
- Legal and ethical issues
You will also complete an advanced internship, which can be conducted at your workplace with approval from your district. As part of the internship you will construct a school profile, identifying major needs and designing interventions to address those needs.
As part of a cohort, you and your fellow students will complete 36 semester hours of coursework:
- First summer: 12 hours, including three classes and an applied research design project
- Fall: 3 hours comprised of an advanced internship
- Spring: 6 hours, including a second semester of advanced internship and a course in consultation
- Second summer: 12 hours, including three classes and completion of the applied research project
- One 3-hour elective, typically taken during the fall semester
Four semesters (one year)
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