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
- 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.
- 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 K-12 students.
Sample Syllabi for CACREP-Accredited Counseling Program Courses
COUN 480 Skills for Counseling
COUN 504 Special Topics
COUN 525 Formal Measurement in Education and Counseling
COUN 535 Orientation to Counseling and Ethics
COUN 540 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health and School Settings
COUN 545 Critical Issues in Counseling
COUN 550 Foundations in School Counseling
COUN 551 Theory and Practice of Counseling
COUN 552 Career Development: Vocational Theory, Research, and Practice
COUN 554 Group Dynamics and Methods
COUN 555 Practicum in Counseling
COUN 556 Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Related Professional Issues
COUN 558 Internship in School Counseling
COUN 559 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 560 Practicum in Grief Support
COUN 562 Child Centered Play Therapy
COUN 563 Crisis Intervention for Counselors
COUN 565 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 570 Cross-Cultural Counseling: Theory and Research
COUN 645 Foundations in Counselor Education and Supervision
COUN 650 Seminar in Counselor Education
COUN 655 Practicum in Counselor Education
COUN 659 Internship in Counselor Education
COUN 662 Advanced Theory and Practice of Counseling
COUN 665 Advanced Group and Systems Theory and Interventions
COUN 670 Theory and Practice of Counseling Supervision and Consultation
COUN 675 Theory and Practice of University Teaching in Counselor Education
SCHP 690 Psychopathology in School and Mental Health Settings
Casey A. Barrio Minton
Joel F. Diambra
Laura S. Wheat
Information for Prospective Students
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.
Information for Current Students
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