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.
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
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
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
"Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man."
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.
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.