Educational Psychology & Counseling Department

School Counseling

Program Coordinator


Pamelia E. Brott, PhD, LPC(MI), NCC, ACS, DCC
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
447 Claxton Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3542

Program Secretary

Kathi Pauling
Administrative Support Assistant III
421 Claxton Complex
1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452


The Master’s in School Counseling, a 60-credit hour program, is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program prepares students to become a professional school counselor within prek-12 schools in Tennessee and most states. Our students learn about their role as a leader within a data-driven comprehensive, developmental school counselor program as supported by the ASCA National Model®

About School Counseling

The mission of the University of Tennessee Master of Science 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 consultation while attending to the 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.

Goals for the MS program in School Counseling are based on Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), American School Counselor Association Standards (ASCA), and the Tennessee School Counseling and Career Guidance Framework. Specific goals are to prepare students in:

  • Professional Identity
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Practice in the Foundations of School Counseling;
  • School Counselor Specific Domains; and
  • Clinical Instruction
  1. Graduates will have foundation knowledge necessary for success as professional counselors
  2. Graduates will be able to develop therapeutic relationships that are deeply healing, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, and ethical.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate professional dispositions including Commitment, Openness, Respect, Integrity, and Self-Awareness.
  4. Graduates will be culturally sensitive and ethical advocates for self, clients, and profession through counseling interventions, programming, and professional and community engagement.
  5. 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 K-12 students.



Casey A. Barrio Minton

Pamelia E. Brott

Pamelia Brott
associate professor

Jeff Cochran

Jeff Cochran

Joel Diambra

Joel F. Diambra
associate professor

Melinda Gibbons

Melinda Gibbons

Bob Kronick

Robert Kronick


Shawn Spurgeon
associate professor


Laura S. Wheat
assistant professor

Information for Prospective Students

Application Requirements

Applications are due February 1st of each year. We admit for fall semester only.

Dual Track Licensure Preparation Option

Students admitted to the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling programs have the opportunity to complete dual-track licensure preparation requirements. The completed coursework will provide the student with a structured method for meeting the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and as a Professional School Counselor in the state of Tennessee. The dual licensure preparation requires a total of 63 hours. Faculty permission and an application are required, and students must declare their intentions during the first semester in their program. Faculty will make a determination of all submitted applications and inform students before the Fall semester ends. Selected students remain in the program for which they were admitted (i.e., school or clinical mental health) but agree to and are expected to complete the dual licensure preparation requirements.

The master’s program in school counseling, accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), will fulfill the licensure requirements for preK-12 school counseling in Tennessee and in most states of the United States. The program requires 48 semester hours including practicum and internship and results in a master of science degree in counseling.

Licensure by the Tennessee State Department of Education or by other states is granted only after the student makes a formal request to the licensure office in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Student Services, 332 Claxton Addition. The student should complete the licensure verification form available from this office. In addition, applicants for licensure in Tennessee must also pass the School Guidance and Counseling specialty of the National Teachers Examination (Praxis Series). Applicants for certification/licensure in other states should check with the Department of Education in that state because many states require teaching certification/licensure experience and/or other requirements prior to certification as a school counselor.

Financial Assistance for School Counseling Graduate Students

EPC Financial Aid Information
Includes EPC GA Application form, departmental fellowships/scholarships, and links to other funding sources around UT Knoxville.

Information for Current Students

Additional Information

Our CORE Values, called CORIS:

Commitment: investment in the counseling profession, counselor identity

Openness: to ideas, learning, growth, others, feedback, and change

Respect: for self and others, honoring diversity and wellness

Integrity: responsibility, maturity, courage, honesty, congruence

Self-Awareness: self-reflection, self-exploration, attitude of humility

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Updated 09/13/2018

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