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Counseling - School Counseling, Master of Education
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2020), employment of school counselors is expected to grow by 8% from 2019 to 2029; faster than average for all occupations. The number of students attending schools at all levels is expected to increase during the projection's decade, boosting demand for school counselors. The School Counseling master's program addresses this need by offering a high quality nationally accredited program for training school counselors to work in Arizona and across the nation.
If you have a passion for supporting students in an educational setting by promoting advocacy efforts, leadership, collaboration, and systemic change (ASCA, 2019), then the school counseling program is the program for you. Our program can help develop the tools you will need to serve students in areas like human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, relationships, career development, and professional orientation in the community and schools. With the added counseling-focused coursework, you will meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Associate Counselor in Arizona.
You will be offered opportunities to learn new counseling skills in the classroom, through fieldwork, and on internships; you will emerge ready to organize service delivery systems in schools.
The Educational Psychology Department designed this plan to prepare professional school counselors. It is appropriate if you are seeking the Arizona Department of Education's K-12 Guidance Counselor Certification. We offer this program at Northern Arizona University–Flagstaff and through some of our statewide offices.
This academic plan meets the coursework requirements for National Counselor Certification of the National Board for Certified Counselors.
This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
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Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- School counselor
- Guidance counselor
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision
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To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
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Prepares student for Arizona Endorsement.
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This program may lead to licensure.
As a student in the MEd in Counseling - School Counseling program, you will take courses, engage in fieldwork, and participate in practicum and an internship that will prepare you to be a certified school counselor.
Upon obtaining your degree, you will 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
- school emergency mangement plans, and crises, disasters, and trauma
Our School Counseling faculty are leaders in the School Counseling profession across Arizona and at the national level (See Advocacy Projects and faculty bios). Our faculty are also integrally involved with the day-to-day realities of the ever-evolving profession of school counseling. The CACREP-accredited coursework is deeply informed by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) 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.
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
- Professional orientation and ethical practice - studies that provide an understanding of all of the following aspects of professional functioning.
- Social and cultural diversity - studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society.
- Human growth and development - studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.
- Career development - studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors.
- Helping relationships - studies that provide an understanding of the counseling process in a multicultural society.
- Group work - studies that provide both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society.
- Assessment - studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society.
- Research and program evaluation - studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.
- Foundations, contextual dimensions and practice in School Counseling.
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- GRE® revised General Test for applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0.
- 3 recommendation references
- Responses to specific essay questions
- IVP Fingerprint clearance card
- Candidate Interview
- EPS 525 or upper-division undergraduate Statistics course completed within the past three years.
This Master’s degree requires 60 units distributed as follows:
- Counseling – School Counseling Course Requirements: 45 units
- Select a Career Counseling course: 3 units
- School-Based Crisis course: 3 units
- Elective Coursework selected in consultation with your advisor: 3 units
- Post-Practicum Internship: 6 units
Take the following 60 units:
- EPS 590, EPS 594, EPS 601, EPS 615, EPS 617, EPS 621, EPS 622, EPS 634, EPS 660, EPS 661, EPS 670, EPS 680, EPS 688, EPS 690, EPS 692 (45 units)
- EPS 520 or EPS 620 (3 units)
- EPS 669 as School-Based Crisis (3 units)
- EPS 694 for the post-practicum internship (6 units)
- Additional elective coursework chosen in consultation with your advisor (3 units)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
- PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $500 per semester has been approved for this program. Program fee is waived for internship semester.
NOTICE Fall 2022 Admission Updates:
UPDATE - Program Application Due Date for Flagstaff Campus: NOW January 1, 2022GRE®️ revised General Test – Applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 are required to submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores on the aptitude portion (verbal and quantitative) of the GRE taken within the past six years. Applicants with a cumulative GPA higher than 3.0 have the option to submit GRE scores, if desired. GRE scores must be received by the application deadline for admission.This program was intentionally designed to lead to certification as a Standard School Counselor, PreK-12 and licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Arizona. For information regarding how the curricular requirements for this degree program align to licensure or certification requirements in other states, see https://nau.edu/compliance-and-authorization/professional-licensure-by-state/.
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What Does the Program Look Like?This 60-hour CACREP-accredited program meets the coursework requirements for the Arizona Department of Education’s K-12 Guidance Counselor Endorsement and is designed to prepare students to become effective leaders in the process of transforming school counseling under the ASCA's National Model for School Counseling Programs. The degree and certificate are also portable to most states (for a state-by-state certificate overview, please visit the American School Counselor Association state certification requirements.) As a student in the MEd in Counseling - School Counseling program, you will take courses, engage in fieldwork, and participate in practicum and internship experience that will prepare you to be a certified school counselor. Upon obtaining your degree, you will 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 (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 (ASCA National Model), which stresses the modern school counselor’s integral role in all students’ academic, career and personal/social growth and development.
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Program and Student Learning Objectives for School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs
- Our Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Programs regularly gather and “reflect input from all persons involved in the conduct of the program, including counselor education program faculty, current and former students, and personnel in cooperating agencies.”
- We seek to recruit and retain students who represent the diverse population of the Southwestern U.S.
- Become familiar with the requirements for being a professional counselor, including the relevant research and literature pertinent to the discipline.
- Become familiar with and knowledgeable about the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
- 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.
- Demonstrate effective counseling skills.
- Become familiar with studies in group dynamics and to development and related life factors, and to demonstrate effective career counseling skills.
- Understand major theories of career development and related life factors, and to demonstrate effective career counseling skills.
- Develop an understanding of assessment processes, and to demonstrate skills in individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
- Become familiar with research, statistics, and program evaluation as they apply to the practice of counseling.
- 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.
- 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.
- Experience continuous course-related and overall program-related feedback to enhance their professional development as they become professional counselors.
- 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.
- Acquire knowledge related to the professional identity, roles, and functions of professional counselors.
- 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.
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How do I apply, and when is the application due?The entire application process is a one-stop process. Once you click on APPLY NOW, in above right margin, all elements of the application are handled within that link!
The primary application items we will evaluate include:
- The graduate school application
- Three-part personal statement
- Three professional/academic recommendation letters
- GRE General Test (ONLY if your undergraduate GPA was less than 3.0)
When Is the Application Due?Apply Now!Please note:
- Completed application files are reviewed and admission decisions are made once each year.
- Applications will be reviewed and admission notifications are sent to students within approximately 30 days of the deadline.
- It is your responsibility to ensure that your application file is complete. Incomplete files will not be reviewed.
- In Flagstaff, many students apply for graduate assistantships (GA roles). If a student secures a GA role during grad school, they typically earn a full-tuition waiver in exchange for working 20 hours per week. For additional information, please visit the Graduate College webpage.
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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...
- School Counseling
- School Counseling Advocacy – Our involvement with Reach Higher
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Counseling Program CACREP Core Faculty
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Dr. Shane Haberstroh, Professor
Dr. Timothy Thomason, Professor
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Dr. Sara Haas, Assistant Clinical Professor and School Counseling Program Coordinator for Phoenix-N. Valley and Tucson (2020-2021)