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School Counselor Education
The mission of the Master’s Program is School Counseling is to prepare highly competent professional school counselors to effectively serve the pre-K-12 population by assuming leadership and advocacy roles to promote optimum development for all students, including those from low income and culturally diverse populations.
Successful completion of the M.Ed. in school counseling prepares students to:
- Become familiar with the requirements for a professional school counselor, the body of literature and research that is central to the field, and professional preparation standards which impact the field as a whole as well as school counseling.
- Develop an understanding of the school counseling program in relation to the academic and student services program in the school setting.
- Learn the role, function, and professional identity of the school counselor in relation to the roles of other professional and support personnel in the school.
- Learn to develop strategies of leadership designed to enhance the learning environment of schools.
- Acquire knowledge of the school setting, environment , and pre-K-12 curriculum
- Identify current issues, policies, laws, and legislation relevant to school counseling
- Understand the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage, nationality, socioeconomic status, family structure, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, occupation, physical and mental status, and equity issues in school counseling
- Develop knowledge and understanding of community, environmental, and institutional opportunities that enhance, as well as barriers that impede, student academic, career, and personal/social success and overall development.
- Develop knowledge and application of current and emerging technology in education and school counseling to assist students, families, and educators in using resources that promote informed academic, career, and personal/social choices.
- Acquire an understanding of ethical and legal considerations related specifically to the practice of school counseling.
The master's program in school counseling consists of content areas in counseling including coursework in theory and techniques, appraisal, human development, research methodology, and group counseling. The school area includes coursework in foundations of school counseling, coordination and administration of school counseling programs, and applied knowledge and skills in school counseling. All students must complete a supervised practicum and internship experience. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure as School Counselors in the state of Ohio and also may elect to complete additional clinical coursework to be eligible for licensure as Professional Counselors. Upon successful completion of the academic requirements in the School Counseling program, the Counselor Education program will formally endorse the student for the School Counselor license and/or employment appropriate to the school counseling program.
The School Counseling program at the Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2016.
Currently, the School Counseling program has a total of 10 students. For the 2012-2013 academic year a total of 9 students graduated from the program. All students take the Professional School Counselor Praxis Licensure Exam as a condition of successfully completing the portfolio class that is designed to assess overall comprehensive learning in the program. OU graduates consistently have a 100% pass rate on this exam.
The program has 6 full-time tenure-track faculty, 3 part-time emeriti, and 4 part-time adjunct faculty who teach the CACREP accredited curriculum. We are seeking to hire a non-tenure track teaching faculty to replace a faculty member who left at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. The instructor to student ratio is 10:1.
About twenty percent of the students are from underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities. The program has a total of approximately 50 semesters of university assistantships for a total of $500,000 each year in student stipend and tuition support.
The Master's program in School Counseling at Ohio University is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). By maintaining CACREP accreditation, the program strives to provide the highest quality of faculty and curriculum standards.
For more information, please contact:
Tracy Leinbaugh, Ph.D.
School Counseling Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 370
Christine Suniti Bhat, Ph.D., L.P.C, L.S.C.
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 374
Phone: (740) 593-4425
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