All students entering the School Counseling program with an undergraduate degree in an area other than education must enroll for courses in general professional education as required by the Florida State Department of Education in order to meet state certification requirements in Florida.
This program is state-approved by FLDOE.
Our mission is to prepare competent professional school counselors to significantly impact diverse individuals in a variety of settings (e.g., K-12) through the implementation of a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program. Our program trains counselors to meet the challenges involved in working in a multiethnic, multicultural, and urban school environment. The second part of our mission is to provide both educational experiences that emphasize multiculturalism in practice and theory as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth. Finally, it is our intent to produce ethical and responsible school counselors who facilitate learning, development, and achieve positive change within urban, diverse school settings.
School Counseling Track Objectives
To prepare competent and ethical mental health counseling professionals who:
1. Understand and act according to the ethical principles of the American School Counselor Association (2016)
2. Recognize the value and importance of on-going self-reflection, life-long learning, and professional development.
3. Understand, master, and apply subject matter from the following areas:
a. Personality and counseling theories and practice
b. Human development theories
c. Group theories and practice
d. Measurement and appraisal/assessment
e. Research and program evaluation
f. Educational and career development and counseling
g. Crisis counseling and interventions
h. Substance abuse
i. Legal, ethical, and professional standards
j. Multicultural and counseling diverse populations (i.e., ethnic, racial, cultural, gender, sexual/affectional, class, age, disability, and/or spiritual/religious)
k. School counseling coordination, functions, and activities
l. School consultation appropriates and interventions
Check out the facts and job outlook for school counselors on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.