Professional School Counselor Education Program
Professional School Counselor Education Program: Opportunities for School Counselors
Utah State University's Department of Psychology offers a nationally accredited master's-level program of study in Psychology which qualifies graduates for professional licensure in School Counseling. The program is specifically designed to train individuals for school counseling position in grades K-12 within public and private schools in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Graduates of the program also find placement in academic advisement centers located at public and private including on-line colleges and universities. Training is provided in the design and implementation of school-based counseling and comprehensive guidance programs. Specific coursework is formulated to train students in a broad range of skills including:
- Career development and college & career readiness
- Behavior and educational assessment and intervention
- Ethical, legal and professional standards
- Individual and group counseling for diverse populations
- Consultation in the schools
Utah State University is governed by the State Board of Regents and has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) since 1924. The NWCCU is "an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions" (nwccu.org).
The program is fully accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), and is approved by the Utah State Office of Education and most other states.
Hands-On Experience Critical to Program
Experiential learning in the form of practicum and internship placements in private and public school settings is a critical component of USU's School Counselor Education program.
Format of Instruction
Designed to meet the needs of working professionals and parents, the Professional School Counselor Education Program is a part-time evening program co-sponsored by the Departments of Psychology and Distance Education. Students are accepted into the Statewide Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) program in odd-numbered years and into a cohort which meets in Davis County (located north of Salt Lake City) with live instructorship in even-numbered years. Students admitted to the IVC program take classes which originate on the campus of USU and are then broadcast live, one evening per week, to 10 sites located throughout the state of Utah. Additional sites are available upon request when a student is accepted to the program. Students admitted to the statewide and the live-instructorship programs take two 3-credit hour classes each semester, one evening per week for 2 years, including summers. A 600-clock-hour internship follows. This part-time schedule allows students to fulfill family and professional commitments while they are enrolled in the program. Sites that are consistently offered are:
- Logan - USU
- Cedar City-SUU
- Ephraim-Snow College
- SLC-Granite Education Center