SOAR Graduate Program Student Handbook
2. Degree Requirements


 

The SOAR curriculum provides rigorous coursework throughout the 48 credit hour program to prepare counselors to meet the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of diverse student populations. Field experiences integrated throughout the course work total 700 clock hours. The program meets requirements for eligibility for a FLDOE Certification in Guidance and Counseling (Grades PK-12).

 

 



2.1 Course Requirements


COEHS Core Requirements (6 Semester Hours)

EDF     6607     Education in America     3

EDF     6495    Research & Assessment in School Counseling     3

  

Major Requirements (42 Semester Hours)

MHS    6407    Theories of Counseling     3

SDS     6310    Career and Lifestyle Development     3

SDS     6014    Organization and Administration of School Counseling     3

MHS    6600    Seminar: Consultation Skills     3

SDS     6421    Counseling Children and Adolescents     3

MHS    6530    Group Work for School Counseling     3

MHS    6780    Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Counseling     3

SDS     6832    Internship Career Advising, Appraisal, Advocacy     3

SDS     6830    Internship: Counseling/Coordination of Guidance Services     3

SDS     6831    Management of Resources     3

SDS     6940    Practicum in School Counseling     3

SDS     6931    School/Family Managing Student Behavior     3

MHS    6482    Personality and Lifespan Development     3

SDS     6820     Supervised Field Experiences I      1

SDS     6821     Supervised Field Experiences II      1

SDS     6466     Crisis/Disaster Management     1

 

Pre-Requisite Requirements: Candidates pursuing a Florida State Department of Education Certification in School Guidance/Counseling need to fulfill state requirements in two areas:

  1. Reading Competencies 1& 2
  2. ESOL "60 hour" requirement
        TSL     6700    Issues in ESOL for School Counselors     3
        RED    3333   Reading Methods: Secondary     3

    The Reading and ESOL competencies may be met by:
    - Completion of appropriate coursework at a college or university (e.g., an undergraduate transcript showing completion of the courses); or
    - Completion of approved continuing education through a school district (e.g., documentation from the district substantiating appropriate workshop hours completed)


2.2 Suggested Sequence of Courses


 

Year 1

EDF 6607        Education in America

MHS 6530       Group Work for School Counseling

SDS 6940        Practicum in School Counseling

SDS 6820        Supervised Field Experiences I

MHS 6407       Theories of Counseling

MHS 6780       Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Counseling

SDS 6310        Career and Lifestyle Development

SDS 6832        Internship: Career Advising, Appraisal, Advocacy

SDS 6821        Supervised Field Experiences II

 

Year 2

SDS  6000       School/Family Managing Student Behavior

MHS 6482       Personality and Lifespan Development

SDS 6014        Organization and Administration in School Counseling

SDS 6830        Internship: Counseling/Coordination of Guidance Services

EDF 6495        Research & Assessment in School Counseling

MHS 6600       Seminar: Consultation Skills

MHS 6421       Counseling Children and Adolescents

SDS 6831        Management of Resources

SDS 6466        Crisis/Disaster Management                                                    

 

TSL 6700         Issues in ESOL for School Counselors                                                              

RED 3333        Reading Methods: Secondary                                                                         

Students enrolling in either of these courses are advised to do so during a semester that is deemed suitable for your work schedule and course load.

 

 



2.3 Exams


 

A score of pass for three exams are required for FLDOE certification.

 

     Exam 1 is the General Knowledge Exam that consists of four sub-tests. A score of "pass" on each of the Florida Teacher Certification General Knowledge Exam (English Language Skills, Reading, Mathematics, Essay) is required by the conclusion of the first fall semester of the program. Documentation of pass scores should be submitted to the SOAR Program Coordinator and the Office of Academic Advising.

 

     Exam 2 is the FLDOE Professional Education Exam is required by the conclusion of SDS 6830 Internship: Counseling/Coordination of Guidance Services.  Documentation of pass scores should be submitted to the SOAR Program Coordinator and the Office of Academic Advising.

 

     Exam 3 is the Florida Teacher Certification in Guidance and Counseling PK-12 Subject Area Exam. A scored of "pass" on this exam is required by the conclusion of SDS 6830 Internship: Counseling/Coordination of Guidance Services. 

 



2.4 Field Experiences


 

One of the unique features of the SOAR Program is that field experiences are integrated into course work each semester of this program. What is provided here is an overview of practicum and internships in school counseling.  A more detailed description, including copies of all necessary forms, is available in the Practicum and Internship Handbook for SOAR Students and Site Supervisors.

 

Practicum and Internships are spaced throughout the program in three of the six semesters. The sequence of field experiences are SDS 6940, Practicum in School Counseling; SDS 6832, Internship Career Advising, Appraisal, Advocacy; and last, SDS 6930, Internship Counseling/Coordination of Guidance Services.

 

SDS 6940: Practicum in School Counseling

CACREP Standards for Clinical Experiences guide the requirements of this practicum. Specifically, candidates complete 100 clock hours of field experiences, divided into 40 hours of direct services and 60 hours of indirect services. In accordance with CACREP Standards, direct services are defined as individual counseling and group work activities.  Indirect services include those activities completed by school counseling candidates in developing knowledge, skills, and dispositions that contribute to successful academic learning for all students. All students complete practicum at an urban partner middle and/or high school established specifically for this field experience. In conjunction with Practicum, students also have weekly individual or triadic supervision with a school counseling faculty. Supervision affords an opportunity to discuss particular concerns, issues, successes, challenges that students are having in practicum field experiences.

 

SDS 6832: Internship in Career Advising, Appraisal, Advocacy                             

School Counseling candidates complete 300 clock hours in this internship to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities in the role of career and academic advisors.  This internship offers advanced studies and practical field experience in conducting career assessments. All students complete this internship at an urban partner middle and/or high school established specifically for this internship. In conjunction with Internship, students also have weekly individual or triadic supervision with a school counseling faculty. Supervision affords an opportunity to discuss particular concerns, issues, successes, challenges that students are having with field experiences.

 

SDS 6830: Internship in Counseling/Coordination of Guidance Services 

This course provides field experiences for the school counseling master's program. Students work in an

accredited school under the supervision of a certified counselor, with a minimum of three years experience and who has completed the required FLDOE Clinical Educators Training.

 

Students meet in a seminar with the UNF supervisor throughout the semester for group supervision and instruction in various topics related to the internship. The supervision group meetings include but are not limited to discussions of cases; legal and ethical issues and school counselors; and the role of professional

organizations in school counseling. In conjunction with this Internship, students also have weekly individual or triadic supervision with their site supervisor, a certified practicing school counselor. Supervision affords an opportunity to discuss particular concerns, issues, successes, challenges that students experience as an intern.  

 

 



2.5 Course Listings/Descriptions


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2.6 Prorgram Completion


 

Application for Graduation

Students must submit a formal graduation application to the Graduate School Office by the deadline date listed in the University Calendar on the University website, http://www.unf.edu/graduateschool/ . 

 

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all coursework listed on their program of study with a grade of "B-" or higher.  Students must also take and pass the exams required for Florida Teacher Certification in Guidance and Counseling PK-12.  In order to receive a grade for your last internship (SDS 6830: Internship in Counseling/Coordination of Guidance Services) and to meet graduation requirements, a passing score is required for each of the following three Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE):

  1. General Knowledge (English Language Skills, Reading, Mathematics, Essay)*
  2. Professional Education
  3. Guidance and Counseling PK-12 (Subject Area Exam)

*All four sections of the General Knowledge Exam must be taken and passed by the end of the first fall semester.

 

Additionally, the End Point/Exit Evaluation form will be completed during your last internship (Appendix C) with the requirement of receiving a satisfactory rating for all criteria.

 

State Certification and Certification Exams

 

Credentialing for Employment

Certification is required in order to teach and/or work as a school counselor in all Florida public schools and many private schools.

 

The first step to Florida Teacher Certification is to complete an application package, which can be found on the Florida Department of Education, Educator Certification website http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/step1.asp. The following items are required to complete the application package:

  1. A completed CG-10 application form;
  2. A processing fee for each subject you request*;
  3. Official transcripts showing all degrees and credits (at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited or approved U.S. institution); and,
  4. If applicable, copies of teaching certificate(s) you hold from other U.S. states or territories.

*You must select the subject(s) for which you are seeking certification. To assist you in making this decision, you may wish to review the certification Subjects available on the FLDOE web site (www.fldoe.org) and the requirements for each subject. You may also wish to consult with certification personnel in your local school district office.

 

When you send a completed application package to the Bureau requesting a Florida certificate, it is evaluated to determine your eligibility for a Florida certificate. The result of that determination is mailed to you as an Official Statement of Status of Eligibility.

The Official Statement is valid for three years and has two functions:

  • to officially state whether or not "you are eligible" for a Temporary Certificate or a Professional Certificate in the subject area you requested, and
  • to provide you with a customized list of the requirements you must complete to be issued full state certification in Florida.

Graduates of a Florida state approved teacher preparation program who have met the application requirements and passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) (General Knowledge, Professional Education, Subject Area Exam), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate.

 

For more information on what is required for teacher certification in Florida or to add another subject area, go to the Florida Department of Education's Bureau of Educator Certification Web site (www.fldoe.org/edcert). You may also call the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification at 1-800-445-6739.

 

To find the latest information regarding pass/fail status, verifying registration, and all other information regarding registration, test preparation guides, and computer-based testing, please visit USF's FTCE Web site (www.cefe.usf.edu/).   

  

Endorsement for Employment

Seeking employment will require support letters or letters of reference. Faculty in the School Counseling Program welcomes the opportunity to support students/graduates in their pursuit of employment. It is appropriate practice to ask in advance for permission to use faculty as a reference. Additionally, faculty and site supervisors who can attest to your work in the field often can provide testimony of application of your training and abilities. Do keep in mind that faculty may provide assistance for obtaining employment, and faculty also have the right to decline a student's request.