College of Education

Goals

Mission Statement

The School Counseling program in the College of Education is a highly focused, masters-level educational degree that serves primarily the school districts and citizens of Indiana . It is a 48 semester credit program operating on a three-year cycle. A new cohort of 24 students is admitted each fall. The curriculum components are structured around the eight CACREP common-core areas and the specialty school counseling curriculum standards. The curriculum incorporates standards and assessments based on the Office of Educator Licensing and Development standards for School Services Personnel and the sub-specialty of School Counseling.

The program prepares school counseling professionals:

  • Who are leaders promoting educational success for all students by developing and managing school counseling programming related to academic, career, social, and emotional growth,
  • Who use facilitative, consultative, and collaborative leadership skills to provide a certainty of educational opportunities for all students,
  • Who collaboratively design, coordinate, implement, and evaluate student assistance (counseling) services, and
  • Who collaboratively design, coordinate, implement, and evaluate education and career (guidance) services.

School Counseling Program Objectives

All students will demonstrate knowledge, performance, and dispositions in the areas of:

  • The College of Education Core Values:
    The Strength of Integrity and Responsibility,
    The Excitement of Teaching, Learning and Mentoring,
    The Appreciation of Diversity and Similarity, and
    The Challenge of Theory, Practice, and Collaboration
  • National credentialing standards for professional counselors and school counselors.
  • State credentialing standards for school counselors.
  • State and national accreditation curriculum standards.
  • State and national accreditation supervised clinical practice standards.
  • National technology standards.

The School Counseling Program

  • is structured around the knowledge, dispositions and performances of school counseling professionals
  • includes school site-based pre-practicum, practicum and internship experience
  • is designed in collaboration with university, schools and educational agencies
  • focuses on the P-12 developmental needs of students
  • emphasizes valuing diversity and similarity
  • expects technological proficiency
  • emphasizes facilitating the post-secondary success of all students
  • prepares counselors with general practice skills as well as specialized school counselor skills
  • prepares counselors to serve as team members empowered to accomplish meaningful systems change