School Counseling Program

This degree track prepares students for certification as a professional school counselor in a pre-K-12 setting.

The program is state approved by the Florida Department of Education and is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than education, and plan to seek certification as a professional school counselor.

 

School counselors assist students in all areas of life.
School counselors assist students in all areas of life.

Curriculum

The program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 9 core courses, 30 specialization courses, 12 hours in education, and 9 clinical experience courses.

Total credit hours required: 60 hours beyond a Bachelor’s degree.

 
Core Courses (9 Semester hours required) 
  • EDF 5481 Intro to Educational Research
  • MHS 5480 Human Development
  • MHS 5005 Introduction to the Counseling Profession
Specialization courses ( 30 Semester hours required) 
  • MHS 5340 Career Development
  • MHS 5400 Techniques of Counseling
  • MHS 5500 Group Counseling
  • MHS 5700 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • MHS 6050 Personality Theory
  • MHS 6220 Individual Psychoeducational Testing
  • MHS 6420 Counseling Minority Populations
  • MHS 6600 Psychological and School Consultation and Collaboration
  • MHS 6466 Trauma and Crisis Counseling
  • MHS 6430 Counseling Children and Adolescents
K-12 Counseling Track (12 Semester hours required)
  • TSL 5700 ESOL Issues & Strategies
  • RED 5336 Reading in the Content Area 
  • EDF 5543 E Sociological Foundations
  • EDF 5608 E Philosophical Foundations 
Professional Clinical Experience (9 Semester hours Mental Health)
  • MHS 6800 Practicum
  • SDS 6820 Internship in School Counseling
  • SDS 6830 Internship in School Counseling
Thesis Track (Optional): Equivalent to 6 Elective Hours
 
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
  • Maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
  • Achieve a “B” or better in all required counseling courses. Students are permitted to re-take up to two courses if a grade of “C” is earned.
  • Complete a total of 800 clinical hours, 100 hours in Practicum, and 700 hours in Internship.
  • Complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) with the program standard score.
"Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man."
Louis Nizer

 

Counselor Education Program Handbook

The purpose of this handbook is to provide a guide on your roadmap to program completion success. This handbook contains essential information such as your anticipated program of study, graduate and program policies, regulations, and procedures.

Any changes to the handbook will be communicated to students via the department's website, email, or verbal communication.
Any changes to the handbook will be communicated to students via the department's website, email, or verbal communication.

While we encourage you to contact your professors, advisor, or program coordinator with any additional questions, we strongly advise that you become familiar with the handbook, as it is the student’s responsibility to adhere to departmental regulations, policies, and procedures.

*This document is subject to change at the department’s discretion.

Counseling Program Handbook