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MS in Counselor Education: School Counseling

Program Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Geddes-Hall
Phone: 305-348-2097

Counselor Education: School Counseling Major (57 credits):
All students entering the School Counseling program with an undergraduate degree in an area other than education must enroll for courses in general professional education as required by the Florida State Department of Education in order to meet state certification requirements in Florida.

Professional Studies: (9 credits)

  • EDF 6211 - Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDF 5481 - Foundations of Educational Research (3)
  • EDP 6277 - Human Development Across Lifespan (3)

Counseling Core: (21 credits)

  • MHS 5400 - Counseling Skills and Techniques (3)
  • MHS 6802 - Personality Theories (3)
  • MHS 6200 - Measurement and Appraisal in Counseling (3)
  • MHS 6700 - Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Counseling (3)
  • MHS 6428 - Cross Cultural Counseling (3)
  • MHS 5350 - Educational/Vocational Counseling (3)
  • MHS 6511 - Group Counseling (3)

Specialization: (15 credits)

  • SDS 6700 - Organization and Administration of School Counseling (3)
  • SDS 6411 - Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
  • SDS 5460 - Crisis Counseling and Interventions (3)
  • SDS 5420 - Counseling Students with Exceptionalities (3)
  • SPS 6199 Family-School Consultation and Collaboration (3)

Clinical Experience: (12 credits)

  • SDS 6800 - Advanced Practicum in Counseling and Consultation (3)
  • SDS 6820 - Supervised Field Experience in Counselor Education (9)

Corequisites: Students who do not hold a Florida Teacher’s Certificate (or that have not taken these courses as an undergraduate student) must complete an additional 15 credits of professional education courses covering social, historical, and philosophical foundations, classroom management, general methods of teaching, TESOL, and reading. One course in each of the following subject areas must be completed prior to the awarding of the school counseling degree.

Courses that satisfy these requirements include: Social, Philosophical, & Historical Foundations (choose one):

  • EDF 3515, EDF 3521 taken as an undergraduate,
  • EDF 5517, EDF 6608 taken as a graduate student.

    Classroom Management (choose one):
  • EDF 5255 - Classroom Management
  • EEX 5608 - Behav. Approach to Classroom Learning and Management

    General Methods of Teaching (choose one):
    EDG 5414, ESE 6215, EDA 6061, EDE 6205, or EDG 6250
    TSL 5361C - TESOL for Secondary Teachers
    RED 5339 - Subject Related Reading

Graduation Requirements
Students entering this program on or after Fall 2001 must:

  • Have overall GPA of 3.0
  • Successfully demonstrate satisfactorily all Florida Educator Accomplished Practices
  • Have a passing score on all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam. Students who hold a Florida certificate received prior to July 1, 2002, are required to pass only the subject area exam. For students who  do not hold a valid Florida certificate, are required to pass all sections of the test:
    • Professional Education Exam
    • Subject Area Exam in Guidance Counseling
    • General Knowledge Exam

Applying to the Counselor Education Program: School Counseling Major is a three-part process.

  1. You must file an application with the Office of Admissions, MMC, PC 230, Miami, Florida 33199. To contact the Office of Admissions Office call (305) 348-7442.
  • All of the following documents must also be submitted to the Office of Admissions, MMC, PC 230, Miami, Florida 33199:
    • Academic transcripts (with an upper division GPA of 3.2 or above)
    • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from an academic source and one from work or volunteer experiences. A reference may use the form provided in the application or supply a typed letter on professional letterhead discussing the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate school and their chosen profession.
    • An autobiographical sketch including a record of work or volunteer experiences
    • A resume (curriculum vitae)
  1. Personal Interview with the Admissions Committee. After applications are completed by admissions deadlines, applications will be reviewed by the Counselor Education Admissions Committee and applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Important: Please be advised that applications with materials submitted after the admissions deadline will not be considered. Such applications will automatically be deferred to the following semester.

Criteria for Acceptance:

Candidates are judged on the basis of multiple criteria. These include:

  • Grade point average. A minimum of 3.2 or better for the last two years (60 semester hours) of undergraduate work is required.
  • Quality of Written Letters of Recommendation. The committee carefully reads all submitted letters of recommendations. A recommendation is considered excellent if it demonstrates strong support. A recommendation is considered as marginal if the candidate was recommended with reservations. A recommendation is considered inappropriate if it spoke of personal characteristics unrelated to the area in which the student is applying. A recommendation would be considered poor if a negative recommendation came from a faculty member who had knowledge of the candidate's work or ability as a potential graduate student.
  • Evidence of Related Educational Background and Experiences
  • Autobiographical Sketch. Evidence of applicant’s clarity in presenting their ideas and thoughts in the autobiographical sketch.
  • Available Time Commitment. Willingness to commit oneself to the time (including time for field experience) necessary for training.
  • Evidence of Professionalism and Maturity.
  • Personal Interview. The Admissions Committee considers the interpersonal qualities and responses of each candidate during the personal interview. During the interview, the Committee makes a decision based on a set of established criteria as to the candidate's competence and potential as a future practitioner in counseling.
  • As an admission requirement , all applicants are required to pass all sections of the General Knowledge Exam of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam, or the Praxis I. For information on the administration of the General Knowledge Exam, contact the College of Education Advising Center at 305-348-2768.

All stated admissions requirements are to be considered minimums. A student who meets these minimum requirements is not automatically assured admissions. Program admissions requirements are subject to change, therefore it is the responsibility of the student to assure that he/she has met the requirements. Admissions decisions are made once the applicant's file is complete. Since it is the student's responsibility to assure that all admissions materials are in the file, they are advised to contact the Department of Leadership and Professional Studies (305-348-3418) to check on the status of their application.

Admissions deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall semester: June 1
  • Spring semester: October 1
  • Summer semester: March 1

Tuition, Scholarships, and Assistantships
For university-wide tuition rates and fees please see the following page: For information about College of Education scholarships please see and for graduate assistantships see

Clinical Field Requirements:

The clinical field experience consists of a part-time practicum consisting of 105 hours (SDS 6800) and a full-time internship consisting of 600 hours (SDS 6820) and is completed over the course of two consecutive semesters. The field experiences will occur at the end of the training program, and the intern is expected to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired in the program.  Students must have completed the majority of their coursework (to include the following courses) prior to enrolling in SDS 6800--the practicum that precedes the internship: MHS 5400, MHS 6700, MHS 6802, MHS 6428, MHS 5350, MHS 6511, SDS 6700, SDS 6411, and SDS 5460. Students must have completed all course work prior to enrolling in SDS 6820--the internship. All students must have the approval of their advisor to enroll in the field experiences. Applications are available in the Office of Student Teaching and from the Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences.

Application for professional experiences must have faculty advisor approval and must be submitted to the office of the director of student teaching by:

Deadline to Apply:

  • Fall: March 1st
  • Spring: October 1st
  • Summer: There are no summer placements for school counseling majors.

Students must get advisor approval, obtain fingerprint clearance with the school system to which they intend to be assigned, prepare and submit copies of the completed packet to the individuals or offices shown below by the deadline.

  • Original and three copies to the Student Teaching and Clinical Supervision Office
  • One copy to your advisor
  • One copy to Clinical Coordinator of Field Experiences
  • One copy for the student

The completed packet includes:

  • The printout of the on-line application with appropriate signatures
  • The School Counseling Professional Education Requirements form listing the courses completed toward program completion
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript
  • An updated resumé, and
  • A statement of the student’s counseling/educational philosophy.

Recommended Course Sequence

1st Year: These courses should be taken during your first year (They have no pre-requisites)

MHS 5400 Counseling Skills and Techniques
MHS 6700 Ethical Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling
MHS 6802 Personality Theories
EDF 5481 Foundations of Educational Research
EDP 6277 Human Development: Lifespan
EDF 6211 Psych. Foundations of Education
SDS 6700 Org. and Admin. of School Coun.
SPS 6199 Family, School Coll. & Consult.
SDS 5420 Counseling Students with Exceptionalities

2nd and 3rd years: All of these courses require MHS 5400 Counseling Skills and Techniques as a pre-requisite

MHS 6511 Group Counseling
MHS 5350 Educational and Vocational Counseling
MHS 6428 Cross Cultural Counseling
MHS 6200 Measurements and Appraisal in Counseling
SDS 6411 Counseling Children and Adolescents
SDS 5460 Crisis Counseling and Intervention

3rd Year: The last two semesters of the final year is mostly spent in clinical experiences. One semester of practicum (105 hours) and one semester of internship (600 hours)

SDS 6800 Advanced Practicum in Counseling
SDS 6820 Supervised Field Experience in Counseling