SCHOOL COUNSELING



Advisement

Clinical Experience

Admission

Program Completion

Program Planned Degree

Teacher Support Services Endorsement




Albany State Universitys College of Education Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership offers a Master of Education degree in School Counseling. The mission of the School Counseling program is to offer a program of study that provides future school counselors with the knowledge and skills needed to promote the career preparedness, social/emotional development, and academic success of all students.  School counselors provide advocacy for all children and collaborate with schools, homes, and community agencies in order to support the academic achievement, career success, and personal social development of students.


The objectives of the Program are to develop school counseling professionals who:

  1. Have the knowledge and skills needed to promote the career preparedness, social/emotional development, and academic success of the students they serve.
  2. Demonstrate increased levels of accomplishment in increasing students social/emotional development and career preparedness and enhancing students academic success after two years of service in counseling positions.

The program provides a comprehensive overview of the professional roles and activities of contemporary school counselors.  School Counseling students complete 48 semester hours in four content areas: Area A: Foundation (9) Area B: Nature of Learner (9 hours),  Area C: Clinical Skills (24 hours), and Area D: Research (6 hours) Students who successfully complete this program earn the M.Ed. in School Counseling and are eligible for Georgia Certification in School Counseling. Certification candidates are required to pass the GACE I (General) and GACE II (School Counseling Examinations).


All program graduates have the opportunity to complete a professional internship during their first two years of practice. This internship provides mentoring by a certified professional school counselor and portfolio review to help each student assess his/her effectiveness as a professional school counselor and for professional development.


Students pursuing School Counseling Certification (Add-On) or a Master of Education Degree in School Counseling must be fully admitted to School Counseling before taking courses listed under Professional Studies Area C.



Advisement

Upon admission to the counseling program, each student is assigned a Faculty Advisor. The Advisor assists the student with program planning and approval; collaborates with the student to monitor the students progress; advises in the preparation and maintenance of the students portfolio; approves selection of courses each semester; determine readiness for practicum and internship; and completes the students course audit for graduation.



Clinical Experience

A series of supervised clinical experiences in the public school setting is provided to all students in the program. Seven hundred (700) hours of clinical field work experiences are required. Pre-practicum and practicum experiences provide students with the opportunity to put the skills developed in the classroom into practice. All prerequisites listed below must be met before a student can register for any clinical experience. Proof of professional liability insurance coverage is required before registering for COUN 5570 and COUN 5595.



Admission

For admission to the School Counseling Program, students must satisfy graduate admission requirements and either hold Georgia Teacher Certification OR pass the Georgia Teacher Certification Examination (GACE I) General. Students seeking add-on certification must hold Georgia teacher certification and a masters degree.



Program Completion

To be eligible for the M.Ed. degree in School Counseling and recommendation for S-5 certification by Albany State University, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Credit hours usable in the planned program must not be older than six calendar years at the time the degree is completed.
  2. Complete an Application for Graduation at least two semesters prior to course/program requirement completion.
  3. Maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or better in graduate course work with no grade below a “B” in any School Counseling course.
  4. Include a minimum of 48 semester hours of graduate courses in School Counseling as prescribed on the Program check sheet.
  5. At least 39 of the credit hours used in completion of the M.Ed. in School Counseling must be earned in residence at Albany State University. Up to 9 semester hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the M.Ed. in School Counseling.
  6. Pass the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators examination in School Counseling (GACE II).
  7. Satisfy the School Counseling Programs Clinical Experience requirement (COUN 5570 and COUN 5595) in residence at Albany State University.



Program Planned Degree


Required for Certification in the State of Georgia (3 hrs)

Georgia Teacher Certificate#_______________(Attach copy of certificate)

Or

SPED

5501

Exceptional Children




Required for Provisional (9 hrs)

COUN

5000

Introduction to Professional Counseling*

COUN

5001

Introduction to Professional Writing*

COUN

5002

Professional Issues in Counseling*

COUN

5605

Leadership and Advocacy*




Required for Certification and Degree Program

Area A Foundation (9 hrs)

COUN

5501

Lifespan Development

COUN

5500

Theories of Counseling

COUN

5600

Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling




Area B Nature of the Learner (9 hrs)

COUN

5506

School Counseling Foundations

COUN

5525

School Counseling in P-12

COUN

5520

Multicultural Counseling: Theory and Practice




Area C Clinical Skills (24 hrs)

COUN

5512

Counseling Strategies and Techniques

COUN

5515

Group Counseling and Dynamics

COUN

5517

Family Counseling

COUN

5531

Career Development and Counseling

COUN

5540

Consultation

COUN

5570

Practicum

COUN

5595

Internship

COUN

5610

Crisis Counseling and Intervention




Area D: Research (6 hrs)

COUN

5510

Assessment and Appraisal

COUN

5620

Research and Program Evaluation for Counselors

COUN

5596

Thesis




Area E: Electives (3-6 hrs.)

COUN

5575

Selected Topics in Counseling

Total Required Hours  48 hrs.

*These courses may be taken by Fully Admitted/Provisional/Non-Degree School Counseling students and non-majors.



Teacher Support Services Endorsement

This certification endorsement program is available to professional teachers who hold LEVEL 5 certification and who are nominated by their school principals. The 6 semester hour sequence leads to certification in Teacher Support Services (TSS). This type of certification is intended for professional classroom teachers who are preparing to be supervisors of student teachers, mentors for interns and beginning teachers, and other staff development services. The complete program consists of the following courses:


EDUC 5587 Introduction to Teacher Support Services

3 hrs

EDUC 5588 Internship in Supervision of Student Teaching

3 hrs