School Counseling Emphasis

 

The school counseling emphasis (51 credit hours) has been designed for graduate students planning to become school counselors. Upon completion of the program and the school counseling emphasis requirements, including successful completion of the Praxis II exam and an ePortfolio, students are granted the master's degree and are eligible for endorsement by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the K-12 school counselor license.

School counselors are employed in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Their major functions include individual and small group counseling, consultation with parents and teachers, and coordination of a wide variety of developmental services and programs. School counselors are expected to provide leadership and direction in the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program for the school in which they are employed.

Students enrolled in the school counseling emphasis must complete the core courses required of all counselor education students. In addition to these core courses, specialized courses related to perspectives of school counseling, elementary and middle school counseling, and secondary school counseling are required.

 

Specific Requirements

 

  • Students in the school counseling emphasis will be required to create an electronic portfolio.
  • Students must complete a yearlong (September-May) internship in a school setting.
  • Students in the school counseling emphasis will need to pass the PRAXIS Exam required by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. Information about the Praxis II Exam (Professional School Counselor #5421) can be found at www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates/. Scroll down to bottom of page and select "Professional School Counselor (5421)" from drop-down list to view upcoming testing dates.

 

Non-Teachers

 

Students who are not current teachers, or who lack two years of experience as a teacher, are invited to consider the school counseling emphasis. There are additional courses required that provide the student with the knowledge and skills to become licensed school counselors.

 

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Sample Program of Study

 

This is a sample of a 51-credit school counseling program for a full-time student. Keep in mind this is an example – your program of study may look different. Course descriptions can be found here.

  First Year

Core Clinical Courses: 718-Principles of Counseling, 731-Groups: Theory & Practices


Core Courses: 722-Theories of Counseling, 715-Research in Counselor Education, 751-Professional Practices in Counseling, 736-Counseling Across the Lifespan, 741-Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling


Emphasis-Specific Courses: 738-Perspectives in School Counseling, 754-Addiction Concerns When Working With Children, Adolescents & Adults

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  Second Year

Core Clinical Courses: 793-Practicum


Core Courses: 720-Career Development & Information Services, 728- Clinical Studies in Counseling, 719- Appraisal Procedures in Counseling


Emphasis-Specific Courses: 743-Counseling in Elementary & Middle Schools, 755- Understanding and Addressing Crisis and Trauma, 745-Counseling in Secondary Schools, 756-A Systems Primer for School Counselors

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  Third Year

Core Clinical Courses: 795-Supervised Internship


Core Courses: Any courses that still need to be completed at this point.


Emphasis-Specific Courses: Any courses that still need to be completed at this point.

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Phone: 262-472-5426
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Email: counslred@uww.edu

 

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