Professional School Counselor Education (MEd)
Core Requirements Of The School Counselor Education Program
The School Counselor Education program requires the equivalent of 48 semester credits distributed as follows:
- Thirty-nine 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 broadcast 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.