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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.

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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.

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 Tennessee Comprehensive School Counseling Model and Standards. Specific goals are to prepare students in:

  • Professional Identity
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Practice in the Foundations of School Counseling
  • School Counselor Specific Domains
  • 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 (CORIS).
  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 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

Profile Photo of Dr. Barrio Minton, Professor and Department Head

Casey A. Barrio Minton*

Sharon Bruner

Sharon L. Bruner*
Assistant Professor

Jeff Cochran

Jeff L. Cochran*

Joel Diambra

Joel F. Diambra*
Associate Professor

Melinda Gibbons

Melinda M. Gibbons*

Profile photo of Hyunhee Kim, PhD, newest faculty member of the Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling

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 first deadline of December 1, 2022, has passed however, we will consider new applications for the 2023 Summer entry as long as applications are submitted and complete by 2/15/2023 at 12:00 pm. Unofficial transcripts and just 2 of 3 references will be enough to complete your submission.

We have linked FAQs about the program and application process on the next page. Information sessions will be offered in Fall 2023.

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The CACREP accredited master’s program in school counseling will fulfill the licensure requirements for preK-12 school counseling in Tennessee and in most states of the United States. The program requires 60 credit 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.

Students admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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.

Financial Aid Information

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

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 09/19/22