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School Counseling

The School Counseling program, a 60-hour program, is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and meets educational requirements for licensure as a school counselor in Tennessee and many other states. Our program is offered in a face-to-face format in Knoxville, TN. Most students enroll on a full-time basis; part-time options are available by advisement. Most courses are offered during the day, Monday-Thursday.

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The program prepares students to become professional school counselors within preK-12 schools in Tennessee and most states. Our students learn about their role as leaders within a data-driven comprehensive, developmental school counselor program as supported by the the TN Model for School Counseling and the ASCA National Model®.  Throughout our program, we work to embrace our core values–Commitment, Humility, Openness, Respect, Integrity, and Self-Awareness–and to attend to culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, and ethical relationships.

About School Counseling

The mission of the University of Tennessee Master of Science (MS) School Counseling program is to equip graduate students with the competencies to excel as preK-12 professional school counselors. The faculty in this flagship, land-grant institution expects our graduates to serve as leaders in the profession through advocacy, collaboration, and systematic change while attending to an ever-changing, diverse educational community. Due to the rigorous standards and expectations established by the faculty, school counselor trainees successfully complete the Praxis exam and meet credentialing standards for most states.


  • Graduates will have foundation knowledge necessary for success as professional counselors.
  • Graduates will be able to develop therapeutic relationships that are deeply healing, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, and ethical.
  • Graduates will demonstrate professional dispositions including Commitment, Openness, Respect, Integrity, and Self-Awareness (CORIS).
  • Graduates will be culturally sensitive and ethical advocates for self, clients, and profession through counseling interventions, programming, and professional and community engagement.
  • Graduates will be well-skilled in the full range of tasks needed to coordinate a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and social-emotional development of preK-12 students.

UT Orange poster containing the Core Values for Counseling Programs Acronym spelled out: Commitment, Humility, Openness, Respect, Integrity, Self-awareness.

An acronym C H O R I S to highlight core values counseling programs and their students hold.

Core CACREP-Accredited Program Faculty

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Casey A. Barrio Minton*
Interim Department Head

Sharon L. Bruner*
Assistant Professor

Jeff Cochran

Jeff L. Cochran*

Joel Diambra

Joel F. Diambra*
Associate Professor

Melinda Gibbons

Melinda M. Gibbons*

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Hyunhee Kim, PhD*
Assistant Professor

Headshot Dr. Chris LaFever

Christopher LaFever, PhD*
Assistant Professor of Practice

Laura Wheat

Laura S. Wheat*
Assistant Professor

*Designated as core faculty members for this program.

Information for Potential Applicants

Application Requirements

Beginning in 2023, all Master’s students will begin study during the Summer (June) semester only. The application deadline for Summer 2024 entry is December 1, 2023.

We have linked FAQs about the program and application process on the next page. You can also use the link on the next page to reserve a space in a program information session.

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Our CACREP-accredited master’s program in school counseling will fulfill licensure requirements for PreK-12 school counselors in Tennessee and in most states of the US. Our program is also approved to offer Job Embedded Practicum for the state of TN. Advisors can help students understand the degree to which our programs meet educational requirements for licensure in other states.

Students admitted to the MS degree have the opportunity to complete all educational and field experience requirements for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Although the dual option does not require additional credit hours, the program must be completed over three years to allow one year of internship in School Counseling and one year of internship in CMHC. Students may apply for the dual option in their first semester of study.

Financial Aid Information

We are proud to be able to offer School Counseling candidates funding through RAMHP (Rural Appalachian Mental Health Partnership). RAMHP scholars can earn $20,000 in scholarships, $10,000 in internship stipend, and mileage as part of participating in the program. To learn more, contact Dr. Melinda Gibbons.


Unfortunately, the department is unable to provide graduate assistantships for MS students. However, other assistantships are available on campus. See the Graduate School’s Costs and Fundingpage for more information.

CACREP Accreditation Information

In accordance with CACREP (2016) Standards, syllabi for our courses are available for prospective and admitted students to review.  If you would like to preview syllabi for any of our courses, please contact and indicate which syllabi you would like to receive.

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Updated 06/07/2023