Counseling - School Counseling, Master of Education

Extended Deadline

The application deadline for the Fall 2017 Flagstaff School Counseling cohort has been extended until June 30th, 2017.  For more information, please contact Vicki.weedman@nau.edu or Dr. Kolodinsky at pit.kolodinsky@nau.edu

Program Description

What does the program look like?

This 48-hour CACREP-accredited program meets the coursework requirements for the Arizona Department of Education’s K-12 Guidance Counselor Endorsement and the national school certified counselor credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors.  The degree and certificate are also portable to most states (for a state-by-state certificate overview, please CLICK HERE:  https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/careers-roles/state-certification-requirements

As a student in the MEd in Counseling - School Counseling program, you’ll take courses, do fieldwork, and participate in practica and internships that will prepare you to be a professional school counselor.

Upon obtaining your degree, you’ll be prepared to provide counseling services in the following areas:

  • human growth and development
  • social and cultural foundations
  • career and lifestyle development
  • research and program evaluation
  • professional orientation
How will this degree prepare students for the real world?
Our School Counseling faculty are leaders in the School Counseling profession across Arizona and at the national level as well (See Advocacy Projects and faculty bios, below).  Our faculty are also integrally involved with the day-to-day realities of the ever-evolving profession of school counseling.  The CACREP-accredited coursework that students experience at NAU is also deeply informed by the American School Counseling Association current edition of the ASCA National Model, which stresses the modern school counselor’s integral role in all students’ academic, career and personal/social growth and development.  We also are proud to have the 2016 School Counselor of the Year aboard as an Affiliate Faculty member.  

Available at our Flagstaff, Phoenix, or Tucson campuses (stand-alone)

Application Due Dates

How do I apply, and when is the application due?

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Flagstaff Location

  • Completed application files are reviewed and admission decisions are made once each year for the program.
  • All application materials must be received by the Educational Psychology Department by June 30, 2017 (recently extended deadline date).
  • Applications will be reviewed and admission notifications are sent to students by approximately July1
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed.

Phoenix and Tucson Locations

  • Application deadline dates vary for MEd Counseling programs at sites other than Flagstaff. Please check the EPS program admissions and deadlines regarding the application deadline for the next cohort.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed.

Testimonials, Internship Partners, FAQ and Graduates' Employment Rates

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CACREP-Accredited

The MEd in Counseling - School Counseling program at Northern Arizona University is accredited by the Counseling for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  Initially accredited in November 1998, our current accreditation runs through March 31, 2022.

In the 2015-2016 academic year, there were five (5) graduates of Northern Arizona University’s Master of Education in Counseling - School Counseling Program.  All five (5) persons completed their degree requirements on the main campus in Flagstaff.  Of the students in this program, all (100%) graduated within the expected time period.  Graduates of our school counseling program fulfill Arizona Department of Education requirements for immediate endorsement of their school counseling credential.  Although some of these graduates take the NCE exam in order to become Nationally Certified Counselors, no exam is required for school counseling certification in Arizona.  Eighty percent (80%) of the graduates of this program who pursued positions as school counselors found employment for the 2016-2017 school year.

Graduation Rates

CACREP outcomes

In the 2015-2016 academic year, there were five (5) graduates of Northern Arizona University’s Master of Education in Counseling - School Counseling Program.  All five (5) persons completed their degree requirements on the main campus in Flagstaff.  Of the students in this program, all (100%) graduated within the expected time period.  Graduates of our school counseling program fulfill Arizona Department of Education requirements for immediate endorsement of their school counseling credential.  Although some of these graduates take the NCE exam in order to become Nationally Certified Counselors, no exam is required for school counseling certification in Arizona.  Eighty percent (80%) of the graduates of this program who pursued positions as school counselors found employment for the 2016-2017 school year.

Graduation Rates

Mission and Goals

What do we stand for?

Mission Statement for the EPS CACREP-Accredited Programs

The mission of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited masters programs is to prepare professional counselors who meet national standards of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as well as state counseling licensure or certification in their specialty area. Our programs are designed to be comprehensive in nature and to focus on the development of evidence-based counseling practice in a variety of settings and with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Objectives for School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs

Successful completion of the Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Education in School Counseling prepares students to:

  1. Become familiar with the requirements for being a professional counselor, including the relevant research and literature pertinent to the discipline.
  2. Become familiar with and knowledgeable about the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
  3. Develop a thorough understanding of knowledge and competencies related to issues and trends in a multicultural and pluralistic society, and to effectively demonstrate multicultural counseling competencies.
  4. Demonstrate effective counseling skills.
  5. Become familiar with studies in group dynamics and to demonstrate effective group counseling skills.
  6. Understand major theories of career development and related life factors, and to demonstrate effective career counseling skills.
  7. Develop an understanding of assessment processes, and to demonstrate skills in individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
  8. Become familiar with research, statistics, and program evaluation as they apply to the practice of counseling.
  9. Develop a clear sense of professional identity in counseling, which includes professional ethics, legal responsibilities, professional preparation standards, participating in professional organizations, and obtaining necessary credentials.
  10. Acquire knowledge about counseling supervision, and to experience peer, site supervisor and faculty supervision that allow students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills that they have acquired to practice.
  11. Experience continuous course-related and overall program-related feedback to enhance their professional development as they become professional counselors.
  12. Acquire knowledge and skills related to the ways that counselors use a variety of technologies designed to assist students, clients, and the systems they work within.
  13. Acquire knowledge related to the professional identity, roles, and functions, of professional counselors.
  14. Practice ongoing assessment of one's own skills, strengths, weaknesses, professional and personal development as related to counseling professional identity, counseling ethics, and the principles of ethics of client autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, justice, and fidelity.

Advocacy Projects

What are we doing to make a difference in the School Counseling profession?

Ongoing Advocacy Projects from NAU-Flagstaff, NAU-Phoenix, and NAU-Tucson Masters Programs in...

Program of Studies

What classes do I need to take - and in what order?

The program of study is the agreed-upon plan between you and your faculty adviser on completing program requirements.

It is used as a verification document when you apply for graduation. You should complete the program of study with your adviser during the first semester of graduate work.

The original, signed program of study should be given to the Department Chair to be placed in your file in the Educational Psychology Department and you and your adviser should both keep copies.

Amendments to your program of study can be made with your adviser’s approval.

The time line policy for completing a Masters degree can be viewed online through the Graduate College.

Some of your courses may have prerequisites you must meet before enrolling. Find more information in the academic catalog.

 

Program of Study, Recommended Course Sequence, & Related Forms

Program of Study, School Counseling, Master of Education, 2016-2017; 2017-2018

Recommended Sequence of Courses

EPS Course Offerings by Semester (Flagstaff only - what’s offered each fall, each spring, each summer)

Counseling - School Counseling Program Faculty

Who are our instructors?

Flagstaff

Dr. Pit Kolodinsky, Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: 928-523-8495
Pit.Kolodinsky@nau.edu
Dr. P. Kolodinsky Bio

 

Dr. Katherine Feather, Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone:  928.523. XXXX
Katherine.feather@nau.edu
Dr. Katherine Feather Bio (add later)

 

Ms. Katherine Pastor, Affiliate Faculty
American School Counselor's Assoc. 2016 School Counselor of the Year
Katherine.Pastor@nau.edu
Ms. K. Pastor Bio

 

Dr. Y. Evie Garcia, Associate Professor
Phone: 928-523-7106
Y.Evie.Garcia@nau.edu
Dr. Y. E. Garcia Bio

Dr. Kim Kalas, Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone: 928-523-8206
Kim.Kalas@nau.edu
Dr. K. Kalas Bio

 

Dr. Gene Moan, Professor
Phone: 928-523-9604
Eugene.Moan@nau.edu
Dr. E. Moan Bio

 

Dr. Tim Thomason, Professor
Phone: 928-523-1341
Timothy.Thomason@nau.edu
Dr. T. Thomason Bio 

 

Phoenix (North Valley)

Dr. Patricia Young, Assistant Clinical Professor and School Counseling Program Coordinator
Phone: 602-776-4673
Patricia.Young@nau.edu
Dr. P. Young Bio

 

Dr. Steven Farmer, Associate Clinical Professor and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator
Phone: 602-776-4646
Steven.Farmer@nau.edu
Dr. S. Farmer Bio

 

Tucson

Dr. Joyce DeVoss, Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: 520-879-7940
Joyce.DeVoss@nau.edu 
Dr. J. DeVoss Bio

 

Dr. Saumya Arora, Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone: 520-879-7931
Saumya.Arora@nau.edu
Dr. S. Arora Bio

National & State Organizations, Certification Guidelines & Code of Ethics

Counseling Organizations, Code of Ethics, and obtaining the K-12 Guidance Counseling Certificate?

Organizations, Certification Guidelines, & Code of Ethics

Relevant counseling organizations

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

American Counseling Association (ACA) https://www.counseling.org/

ACA Code of Ethics:  https://www.counseling.org/resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf

Arizona School Counselors Association (AzSCA) 
State of Arizona Department of Education 

The most recent criteria for obtaining a Guidance Counselor Certificate (K-12) are available from the Arizona Department of Education. These include:

  • a master’s or more advanced degree from an accredited institution
  • completion of a graduate program in guidance and counseling from an accredited institution; valid guidance counselor certificate from another state may substitute for this requirement
  • One of the following:
    • completion of a supervised counseling practicum in school counseling from an accredited institution
    • 2 years of verified, full-time experience as a school guidance counselor (verified by letter from District Superintendent or Personnel Director)
    • 3 years of verified teaching experience

Practicum and Internship Manuals and Forms for Masters Candidates

Current Students
Please visit our forms page for the practicum and internship manuals, and grad student forms
I'm about to Graduate, how do I obtain my AZ K-12 certificate?