The 49 credit School Counseling program meets requirements recently issued by the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for those seeking a career in school counseling in K-12 schools.
OPTION: After their first semester at USF, students enrolled in the 49-credit School Counseling/Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential Program have the option to enroll in a 60-credit Dual Concentration Program in School Counseling and Professional Clinical Counseling.
Graduates of the program obtain a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree and are eligible for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential. They may be employed:
- in public or private educational settings,
- in community-based agencies,
- as consultants to schools, education programs, and other institutions serving the educational needs of youth.
They also may choose to pursue a doctoral degree.
The School Counseling program is a unique, innovative educational program for preparing counselors to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of children, adolescents, and young adults in educational settings.
The program emphasizes:
- multicultural youth development and counseling
- problem-solving, goal-oriented, counseling
- social justice orientation
- ecological systems in urban contexts
Students learn theories and effective, pragmatic interventions with youth in schools. The program has a social justice orientation which seeks to foster equity, respect for diversity, creativity, compassion and community empowerment.
“When asked if I feel ‘ready’ to enter the field of school counseling, I always reflect on how the USF School Counseling Program has prepared me to work with the universal issues faced by adolescents as well as those specifically related to underserved youth in urban schools.” - Andrea Davis, School Counseling Psychology Alumna
The curriculum is designed sequentially
- The first year focuses on counseling theory and practice, legal and ethical issues, child and adolescent development, multicultural counseling, research, group counseling, and prevention and intervention in schools.
- The second year focuses on problem-solving counseling strategies, learning and instruction, counseling students with exceptional needs, academic and career counseling, assessment and program evaluation, and consultation with parents, teachers, and schools.
A partnership of fieldwork and classroom learning forms the core of the program. Students begin their fieldwork in the schools during a first semester practicum class and complete the fieldwork requirements during three semesters of fieldwork classes. Each semester, the fieldwork class is conducted under the supervision of an experienced PPS credentialed instructor.
- Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee.
- One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. A master's degree is required to apply for a doctoral program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
- MA and Credential applicants: Minimum GPA of 2.75
- Doctoral applicants: Minimum GPA of 3.0 from a graduate program
- Two current, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work.
- Current résumé.
- A Statement of Intent
Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students.
In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full time job while earning their credential, master’s or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday.
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