Overview of the Program
The School of Counseling at the
The academic foundation is built upon the eight core areas of the CACREP* Standards:
- Professional identity
- Social and cultural diversity
- Human growth and development
- Career development
- Helping relationships
- Group work
- Research/program evaluation
Additional coursework specific to school counseling includes foundations and contextual dimensions of school counseling, and consultation. A unique focus of the program is training future school counselors in social justice advocacy skills to assist students and families in overcoming barriers or impediments to success in learning and development.
The clinical instruction component includes a Practicum of 100 hours of training in the Clinic for Individual and Family Counseling and an Internship of 600 hours conducted in a school setting. The clinical experience utilizes live observation, videotape and audiotape of student counseling.
The program consists of a minimum of 50 semester credit hours for those with a teaching license and two years teaching experience. Applicants without such credentials are required to take an additional 10 semester hours of coursework in an effort to prepare them for the demands of school counselor's role.
This Master's Degree in School Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Links to School Counselor Organizations
Placement Objectives for Graduates
Graduates who pass the school counseling Pearson exam and BCI/FBI background check must submit the appropriate application to the Ohio Department of Education which issues the school counseling license. School counseling licensees then become eligible to be hired as school counselors in K-12 schools in the State of
Addressing the Needs of the State and the Region
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2017), employment of school and career counselors is expected to grow by 13% from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The number of students attending schools at all levels is expected to increase during the projections decade, boosting demand for both school and career counselors.
The School Counseling master's program addresses this need by offering a high quality nationally accredited program for training school counselors to work in Ohio and across the nation.