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School Counseling (Pre-K-12)




The 48-semester-hour School Counseling Program prepares graduate students to fulfill the diverse roles required of school counselors who are both theorists and practitioners in a multicultural society. Counselor trainees are prepared to develop comprehensive school counseling programs which align with the ASCA National Model and to collaborate with parents, school personnel, and others in assisting students with academic, career, and personal/social concerns. The School Counseling Program stresses developmental, preventative, and remedial services. Additional emphasis is given to acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, critical thinking and decision making, appreciation of diversity, demonstration of professional ethical and legal practices, and an understanding of the educational process within the complex school environment. The examination of personal values and experiences and their potential influence in a variety of counseling situations is encouraged. The School Counseling Program culminates in a school-based practicum and internship experience designed to solidify the graduate student’s identity as a professional school counselor.



  1. Graduate students will participate in curricular experiences in each of the following areas of school counseling: foundations; contextual dimensions; program development, implementation, and evaluation; individual and group counseling; classroom guidance; and consultation services.
  2. Graduate students will demonstrate skills appropriate to beginning counselors as required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction School Counselor Program Approval Standards and recommended by professional counseling associations and credentialing bodies.
  3. Supported by self-reflective practices, graduate students will demonstrate the acquisition and application of the knowledge and skills outlined above in appropriate school-based practicum and internship experiences and through a comprehensive examination process.
  4. Program graduates will be recommended by the GWU School of Education, the university school-related licensing agent, for graduate level licensure in school counseling.

Hours: 48 semester hours



Admission requirements include an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better, an acceptable Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test score, and three positive academic and/or professional references. A background in psychology at the undergraduate level is strongly recommended. An undergraduate course in Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology is required. This course may be taken concurrently with graduate courses but must be completed before taking the corresponding advanced level course. Although teacher licensure is not required for admission to the School Counseling Program, applicants without teacher licensure will be required to complete an undergraduate prerequisite course in classroom management prior to the practicum. Additional opportunities will be provided to strengthen students’ knowledge of the school setting throughout the program as well as during the practicum and internship experiences.


The requirements for the role of a school counselor are both personal and intellectual. For this reason, in addition to general Graduate School entrance requirements, a successful interview with program faculty members is an absolute requirement for admission to the program. During this interview the faculty members will assess the personal qualities, goals, and academic background of applicants. Applicants may be admitted who meet the personal and academic requirements of the program.


Prior to admission, a satisfactory “Criminal Record Check” for all states of residence for the past five (5) years must be submitted to the Graduate School with a residence verification statement. The purpose of the criminal background check is to meet requirements of some field placement sites in which students learn and practice counseling methods. Criminal background histories obtained for employment purposes are not acceptable for admission to the counseling programs. Information received pertaining to criminal background histories will become part of the student’s confidential permanent academic file.


Any conviction or pending criminal charges cited in the criminal history will be reviewed by the Graduate School and counseling graduate faculty. Any allegations or charges of misdemeanor(s) or felony(s) that occur after the Criminal Record Check has been submitted must be reported immediately to the Graduate School and to the Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling. Failure to report allegations of such charges may result in immediate dismissal from the program.



A. Professional Component

CEDU 610Counseling Theories 3 hrs.
CEDU 618Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Programs 3 hrs.
CEDU 620Methods of Research and Program Evaluation 3 hrs.
CEDU 650Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling 3 hrs.
CEDU 665Multicultural Counseling 3 hrs.
CEDU 635Advanced Psychopathology 3 hrs.
CEDU 605Advanced Human Growth and Development 3 hrs.


B. Skill Component

CEDU 615The Helping Relationship 3 hrs.
CEDU 616Methods of Assessment and Evaluation 3 hrs.
CEDU 625Group Counseling 3 hrs.
CEDU 640The Counselor as Professional, Practitioner, and Consultant 3 hrs.
CEDU 645Career Development: Theory and Practice 3 hrs.
CEDU 621Crisis Intervention Counseling 3 hrs.


C. Applied Component

CEDU 675Practicum in School Counseling 3 hrs.
CEDU 695Internship in School Counseling 3 hrs.
CEDU 696Internship in School Counseling 3 hrs.


While there is a recommended sequence for completing courses in the School Counseling Program, all courses in both the school and mental health counseling curricula are open to all counseling students who have prerequisites and permission of the professor. Graduate students should talk with their advisors when planning a course of study to ensure smooth progression through the program and to include courses required to become licensed as professional counselors.


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