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Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

Master of Education in School Counseling

The MEd Program in School Counseling has received national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program leading to the MEd in School Counseling is designed to prepare students for state certification in school counseling. Due to national accreditation, degree requirements will exceed the minimum number of hours for professional certification. Whether or not persons desiring certification as a school counselor hold prior teaching certification, they may satisfy state certification requirements in school counseling by completing the program of study that includes a 700-hour field experience in the school setting. Students holding a master's degree in community counseling who are interested in school counseling should inquire about the post-graduate certification program in school counseling. Interested students should contact the Coordinator, School Counseling Program.

Prospective students for all programs must obtain and complete a departmental application in addition to applying to the university. In addition to general admission data, candidates for the program must complete departmental screening that includes an interview process. Departmental screening will be conducted after potential candidates have applied for admission to Columbus State University. Contact the Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership for additional information.

Students admitted to the program on a provisional basis are limited to and must complete with a grade of "B" or better two (2) courses determined by the program coordinator. Upon satisfactory completion of these two courses, the student will be changed to regular admission status and may register for other classes.

Evaluation of the student's performance is continuous and involves consideration of the student's course work, as well as the student's performance in laboratory, practicum, and internship classes. All of these experiences are considered aspects of the student's academic performance, related to his/her professional development as a counselor. A required student portfolio is one means of achieving this continuous evaluation of students. An exit exam is also required.

Students should meet with their advisors to determine the most appropriate sequence of courses in their program of study. The culminating 700-hour clinical experience is considered the most important aspect of this program. The application process for practicum and internship includes prerequisite course work and pre-registration. Due to the intensity of the internship experience, six (6) credit hours is considered a full-time load when students are enrolled in internship. Students wishing to exceed this limit must first obtain permission from the department.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the role and function of the professional school counselor.
  • An ability to be innovative in their approach to the school counseling profession.
  • Skills in the competency areas of planning and evaluation, individual counseling, small group facilitation, appraisal, consultation, and referral.
  • Knowledge in the areas of social foundations, cultural issues, life span issues, and variables in the individual context which affect the counseling process.