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Professional School Counselor Education (MEd)

CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR MED

Core Requirements Of The School Counselor Education Program

The School Counselor Education program requires the equivalent of 46 semester credits distributed as follows:

  • Thirty-seven semester credits of coursework.
  • Three semester credits of practicum.

The practicum requires 50 hours of coursework and 150 hours working in a school counseling setting, with individual and group supervision. Students admitted to the EDNET program will need to work closely with the program advisors and faculty/staff to identify appropriate practicum sites for spring semester of the second year of the program. These sites must provide objective supervision and be free of conflicts of interest .

  • Six semester credits of internship.

The internship requires 600 hours (400 hours for students who have been full-time teachers in a public school for 3 years or longer) of supervised school guidance and counseling experience in a school setting. The internship experience should include a full range of the activities that school guidance counselors are normally engaged in. The internship may be voluntary or it may be a paid position. Students should be aware that the internship is required for completing the MEd degree in School Counseling and to qualify for licensure. Students may complete the internship in either a full- or a part-time setting. However, the internship must be completed within one calendar year.

Praxis II Required for Graduation

Students are required to take and pass the Praxis II School Counseling Exam in order to graduate from the USU School Counselor Education Program.   A passing score is at or above the Utah cut-off score which is 164.

GPA During Program

Students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall.   Work below a B range is not acceptable.  In cases where a student earns a grade of C+ or below, the situation will be considered by a committee comprised of program faculty, including the instructor of the course the grade was earned in.  The committee will outline what actions should be taken.  Actions may include retaking the course, remediation, probation or dismissal. 

 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
  • Brigham-USU
  • Cedar City-SUU
  • Price-USU
  • Ephraim-Snow College
  • SLC-Granite Education Center
  • Kaysville
  • Heber
  • Richfield
  • Vernal
  • Orem

Director of Training: Camille J. Odell, M.S.