School Counseling

The program of study leading to the Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree in School Counseling is designed to prepare persons to function as Licensed School Counselors in a P-12 education setting. School counseling candidates demonstrate the knowledge and skills delineated in professional and state standards. Specifically, the school counseling program is aligned to School Counselor Indiana Content Standards for Educators and American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Standards.

Programs

  • Master of Science in Education in School Counseling (MSEd)
  • School Counseling Licensure track (non-degree option)

Accreditation

Teacher education programs are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP). The School Counseling program is also aligned with standards set forth by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Saint Francis Master’s programs in Psychology and Counseling is to prepare culturally competent professionals who utilize evidence-based practices through a lifespan approach to work with diverse client populations. Our programs emphasize strength-based helping strategies and community outreach with a specialized focus on social justice in the Franciscan tradition.

Student Learning Outcomes

To successfully complete the Master of Science in Education in School Counseling, students will:

  • Establish an identity as a counselor who is able to apply ethical principles, Franciscan values, and professional standards into professional practice.
  • Demonstrate practical skills for intervention and prevention when working with individual, group, and career counseling through evidence-based theories and practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, self-awareness, and skills when working with individuals and groups with diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Understand and apply concepts of normal and abnormal behavior to case formulation, diagnosis, and treatment planning across the lifespan.
  • Incorporate knowledge of assessment measures including the selection, administration, interpretation, and application to appropriate setting with regard to strengths, limitations, and individual characteristics.
  • Demonstrate application of scientific methods to evaluate professional sources, clinical practices, interventions, and programs.
  • Apply knowledge of biological, developmental, social, organizational, environmental bases of behavior.
  • Understand the use of and respond appropriately to supervision by engaging in reflective practices and self-care strategies.
  • Provide competent leadership in P-12 school settings through the design, implementation, and evaluation of school counseling programs.
  • Use preventative, developmental, and remedial interventions that facilitate the P-12 students’ academic, personal, social, and career development.

Licensure or Certification Eligibility

School Counseling graduates are licensable within a P-12 school setting after earning a MSEd in School Counseling and passing the state exam.

Degree Requirements

The School Counseling Program requires 48 credit hours:

  • 42 hours in major courses
  • 6 hours of elective courses

MSEd School Counseling Program of Study

Major or Core Courses: 42 Hours

Required Core Courses Credits
EDUC 553 Organization and Administration of Guidance Services 3 credits
PSYC 500 Research Methods and Statistics 3 credits
PSYC 501 Advanced Human Growth and Development 3 credits
PSYC 518 Lifestyle and Career Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 522 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 528 Testing and Appraisal of Individuals 3 credits
PSYC 530 Personality and Counseling Theories 3 credits
PSYC 535 Psychopathology 3 credits
PSYC 544 Counseling Skills 3 credits
PSYC 548 Group Processes in Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 578 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 579 Practicum in School Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 583 Internship in School Counseling 3 credits

Electives: 6 hours (Chosen in consultation with the Program Director)

Course Credits
PSYC 525 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3 credits
PSYC 542 Introduction to Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 545 Substance Abuse Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 570 Marriage and Family Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 576 Psychopharmacology 3 credits

School Counseling Clinical Instruction

The Practicum in School Counseling, PSYC 579, requires 105 hours in an approved school setting. The Internship in School Counseling, PSYC 583, requires 600 hours over two semesters in an approved school setting. Students must have on file proof of professional liability insurance. Additional information is available from the Director of the School Counseling program. Six months advanced planning is recommended for the practicum and internship courses.

School Counselor Licensure Track

Students with a master’s degree in psychology or counseling may apply for the School Counseling License track (non-degree option) upon successful completion of the following required courses not completed in their master’s program. A transcript evaluation will be conducted to identify courses that may be required as determined by the School Counseling Program Director. A master’s degree in elementary, secondary or other related educational areas does not meet the State of Indiana Criteria for School Counseling licensure.

Course Credits
EDUC 553 Organization and Administration of Guidance Services 3 credits
PSYC 579 Practicum in School Counseling 3 credits
PSYC 583 Internship in School Counseling 6 credits
Total Hours 12 credits

Admission Requirements

Application to the School Counseling program and applicant selection will be based on the following criteria (list is not prioritized):

  • Submit three letters of recommendation and where appropriate one from a former college professor and one from an employer or supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting.
  • Submit a concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why he/she wishes to seek a degree in School Counseling, consistent with the purpose and focus of the program. One could also include specific training objective and long-term career goals following graduation.
  • Demonstration of proficiency regarding academic performance. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework, as recorded on official transcripts.
  • A score of 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative subtests on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if the candidate’s undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0.
  • Undergraduate coursework should include a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in Psychology. Preferred courses would include introduction to psychology, lifespan development, and abnormal psychology (may be augmented by coursework in closely related fields or may reflect life experience).
  • Indication of sufficient emotional maturity and stability to complete the rigors of graduate study as well as maintain ethical practice regarding counselee welfare. This includes, but is not limited to, openness and introspective ability regarding how applicant’s own issues impact his/her work as a counseling professional.
  • Presentation of willingness to develop a non-judgmental attitude and awareness of need to refer counselees who are outside the applicant’s range of competence.
  • Candidates will have an interview with the School Counseling Program Director and/or Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee.

Admission Decisions

Following the completed application process, the Office of Admissions will inform the applicant in writing of the recommendation of the Admissions Committee. This recommendation may take one of four forms:

  • Accept: Registration for courses will be permitted and applicant will contact the Director of School Counseling or the Exceptional Needs advisor for an advising appointment.
  • Deny: Application has been denied at this time.
  • Conditional: Candidate’s full acceptance is contingent on submission of all admission requirements.
  • Provisional: Out of commitment to see the applicant succeed and because certain areas of perceived deficiency exist, the applicant is provisionally accepted. These provisions may include additional coursework, assignments or restrictions being successfully met before full admission is granted. The applicant will meet with the Director of School Counseling or the Exceptional Needs advisor for advisement and to contract any provisions. All provisions need department chair approval.

Applicants have one year (12 months) from the date of notification of acceptance or provisional acceptance to register for classes; failure to do so invalidates admission and the applicant must reapply, without guarantee of acceptance.