What are the requirements to graduate from the School Counselor Education Program?
In order to fulfill program requirements, students must complete the following:
- 48 semester credits with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
- 150-hour practicum in a K-12 setting under the supervision of a licensed school counselor with 3+ years of experience
- 600-hour internship in a K-12 setting under the supervision of a licensed school counselor with 3+ years of experience
- Praxis: Professional School Counselor Test with a score of 164 or higher
What prerequisites do I need to complete in order to apply to USU’s School Counselor Education Program?
To fulfill the application requirements, individuals must complete the following courses with a B grade or higher:
- Abnormal Psychology/Psychological Disorders (USU’s PSY 3210)
- Analysis of Behavior (USU’s PSY 1400 and 1410)
- 2000 level or above Statistics course
Courses can be taken through USU or an accredited institution but must be completed and posted to the applicant’s transcript by the end of the semester in which applications are due. The applicant must have an official transcript sent from the institution where the course was completed. The transcript must show the complete course and the corresponding grade. USU offers the prerequisite courses on-campus and online.
I need to complete one or more of the prerequisite courses for the application, but I am not a USU undergraduate student seeking a bachelor’s degree. Can I take those courses at USU?
Yes. All prerequisite courses are offered at USU. If individuals are interested in taking courses through USU they apply as a non-degree seeking student. This is a quick, easy, and free process. Please apply to Utah State University. Once an account has been created and the individual has applied as a non-degree seeking student, they will be sent an email giving them an A number and the information they need to register for classes. Students can complete up to 15 credits as a non-degree seeking student. If help is needed with registering for an undergraduate course, students should contact an academic advisor in the relevant department. For example, if a student needs assistance registering for a psychology course, they will need to contact an Academic Advisor in the Department of Psychology.
Does the School Counselor Education Program require a graduate entrance exam?
Yes. Applicants must score in the 40th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or score in the 40th percentile or higher on the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants who have completed a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher may have the exam waived. Please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for details.
Can I apply coursework from my completed master’s degree toward the MEd in School Counseling?
No. Policies of USU’s School of Graduate Studies state that students cannot use courses from a previous degree for a new degree. Students must complete all the required credits for the School Counselor Education Program.
I have extensive experience in the K-12 educational field as a professional educator. Does my experience count toward my internship hours?
No. All students, regardless of their experience as a professional educator, are required to complete the full 600-hour internship in a K-12 setting under the supervision of a licensed school counselor with 3+ years of experience.
After I complete the School Counselor Education Program, do I automatically receive my Professional Educator License in K-12 School Counseling from the state of Utah?
No. Upon completion of the program, students must apply for their Professional Educator License. USU will provide the necessary recommendation to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). Additionally, the School Counselor Education Program and the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services provide extensive support to students during the application process. However, it is the responsibility of the student to apply for the Professional Educator License with the USBE.
Am I able to work full-time while completing this program?
The School Counselor Education Program is a part-time program with evening courses. Students complete 8 semesters of coursework. During the 5th semester of the program (spring semester of a student’s second year) students complete a 150-hour practicum. The final year of the program students complete a 600-hour internship. Both the practicum and internship must be completed in a K-12 setting during the school day. Many students do find success working full time during the first two years of the program (including the practicum). However, it is important for students to consider how their employment will work with these program requirements.
Does USU’s master’s degree in school counseling allow me to become a counselor outside of a K-12 setting?
The MEd earned through this program leads to licensure as a Professional School Counselor with the Utah State Board of Education. It does not allow the holder of the degree to become licensed as any other type of mental health professional or other profession with similar licensing requirements.