School Counseling

The master’s degree major in School Counseling is designed to prepare counselors to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of school-aged youth in the context of a comprehensive developmental school counseling program. Further, our goal is to prepare ethical, culturally competent school counselors who address individual and systemic barriers to educational achievement and personal development. Students are prepared to work professionally with children from the kindergarten level through high school.

Objectives

Graduates of the program will demonstrate the ability to facilitate student development in the three broad areas described in the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Standards: academic development, career development, and personal/social development. As a result of participating in the school counselor preparation program, graduates will be able to:

1. Plan, design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive developmental school

counseling program;

2. Clearly articulate the role of the school counselor and his/her contributions to the mission of a school program;

3. Provide consultation to parents and teachers to assist them in helping their children and students acquire the skills needed for school success;

4. Select developmentally appropriate interventions to assist students in making educational transitions;

5. Demonstrate knowledge and use of emerging technologies in education and school counseling.

Program Requirements

The School Counseling program option (M.Ed.) is designed for the professional preparation of school counselors for grades pre-K through 12. It is broadly based and interdisciplinary in nature. Effectiveness in school settings requires skills in working with individuals and groups, functioning as a school team member, and consulting with teachers and parents.

Practicum and Internship Requirements: Students in the School Counseling program focus their training on planning, implementing and evaluating guidance and counseling programs to meet the unique social, physical, intellectual, and emotional needs of children and adolescents in school settings. Although students may focus their training on a specific age level through the choice of electives, all students in the School Counseling program are required to complete a counseling field experience at both elementary (pre-K through 6) and middle/secondary (7-12) school settings. Students are assigned to practicum and internship sites in local and neighboring school districts (e.g., Albemarle County Schools, Charlottesville City Schools, Fluvanna County Schools, Greene County Schools, Nelson County Schools, Orange County Schools). Students’ practicum, completed in their first spring semester is 100 hours, of which 40 must be direct service contact (e.g., classroom guidance lessons, individual or small group counseling, consultation with parents, etc.). Students complete their internship during the fall and spring of their second year. They must complete a minimum of 600 hours (300 hours each semester), of which 240 hours must be direct client contact. Please see the Practicum and Internship Guidelines for further information. These are distributed during the academic year.

Coursework: The School Counseling program option includes 21 semester-hours of courses related to school counseling preparation for different schoolwork settings. Of these hours, a minimum of 3 credit hours is required in a supervised practicum setting and 6 credits hours in a supervised internship. Students will be awarded the M.Ed. degree upon completion of the School Counseling program.

The School Counseling program requires a minimum of 49 (core, specialty, elective) credit hours. Please see the section in the Student Handbook on the Common Core Classes (p. 9). Following is a list of required specialty area courses and the suggested sequence for completing coursework. Because the specialty courses are offered only once a year (as are many of the core courses), if students do not take these courses during the semesters suggested below, it will most likely delay the date of graduation by one year. As noted below, students in the school counseling program may take classes during the summer but are not required to do so.

Required Specialty Courses in School Counseling: 21 Credits

COURSE HOURS TITLE

EDHS 829 3 Practicum in School Counseling

EDHS 831 3 Introduction to School Counseling

EDHS 834 4 Counseling Children and Adolescents

EDHS 839 6 Internship

Electives: 6 The School Counseling option requires a minimum of 6 hours of advisor-approved electives directly related to counseling in pre-K – secondary school settings

Suggested Sequence for School Counseling Students  
All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted

FALL

SPRING

SUMMER *

FALL

SPRING

EDHS 721-Intro to the Profession

(2 Credits)

EDHS 722-Career Interventions

EDHS 722-Intro to Career Interventions

EDHS 730-Multicultural Counseling

EDHS 727-Research & Evaluation

EDHS 723-Theories & Techniques

EDHS 724-Group Counseling Procedures

EDHS 730-Multicultural Counseling

EDHS 733-2 Ethical –Legal Aspects of Counseling (Adv.)

(2 Credits)

EDHS 839-Internship

(3 Credits)

EDHS 729-Essential Counseling Skills

EDHS 829 – Practicum

 

EDHS 839-Internship

(3 Credits)

Possible Elective Class(es)

(1-6 credits)

EDHS 831-Introduction to School Counseling

EDHS 834-Counseling Children & Adolescents

 

EDLF 718-Tests in Counseling

(2 Credits)

 

EDLF 716-Human Growth and Development

Possible Elective (e.g., EDHS 824)

 

Possible Elective Class (e.g., EDIS 500) ((1-3 credits)

 

EDHS 733-1 Ethical-Legal Aspects of Counseling (Intro)

(1 Credit)

 

 

 

 

15 Hours

12 Hours + Possible Elective

 

10 Hours + Possible Elective(s)**

6 Hours + Elective(s)

*School counseling students may, but are not required to, take courses in the summer. Therefore, if students prefer to have a lighter load in their first spring, their advisor may approve them taking EDHS 722 in the summer. Likewise, they may want to take more electives during the fall of their second year and keep their load down. In that case they may elect to take EDHS 730 in the summer. One note on this—they way we have this now, the career class in the summer is geared toward students in the mental health counseling program.

**Reminder: Students specializing in School Counseling must take 6 credits of electives.