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The primary mission of the School Counseling Program is to prepare professional counselors who specialize in the school environment. This program adheres to national standards set by professional organizations (American Counseling Association & American School Counselors Association) and standards set by the State Department of Education. These standards are linked to the criteria set forth by the National Board for Certified Counselors. This will enable students to pursue the National Certified Counselor and the National Certified School Counselor designation if they wish. In order to promote professionalism, students are encouraged to obtain these certificates and to actively participate in professional organizations.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of human development to create a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program.
  • Examine the impact of environmental influences on K-12 students’ developmental achievement and collaborate with these students to develop coping strategies that promote learning.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of human diversity by providing services and promoting a climate of mutual respect.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills to plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program.
  • Effectively address the needs and concerns of K-12 students through the implementation of school counseling services to promote these students’ lifelong success.
  • Apply their understanding of career development to assist K-12 students in determining post-high school goals.
  • Utilize and interpret formal and informal assessment techniques to monitor student progress and discern appropriate changes to the educational environment.
  • Consult with parents and school personnel, provide professional expertise, and establish collaborative relationships to foster a support system for students, parents, and the community.
  • Promote positive interactions between home, community, and school to facilitate student’s growth in school and beyond the school setting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and the importance of continuing professional development, and maintaining membership in professional associations.

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Career Opportunities

While the majority of the students pursuing the M.Ed. in School Counseling desire to work in the school setting, there is a growing number of persons who are choosing to work in different settings where they can work with children and adolescents. These include agency work (e.g. DHS, youth and family services, mental health), private practice and youth ministry.

Licensed Professional Counselor Courses

After completion of a Master of Education degree in School Counseling, students may wish to complete 27 additional hours of course work in order to be eligible to take the State of Oklahoma Licensed Professional Counselor exam. UCO offers courses to meet the academic requirements as set by the Oklahoma Rules and Regulations for Licensed Professional Counselor.