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:
- Reading Competencies 1& 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
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
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.
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/ .
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):
- General Knowledge (English Language Skills, Reading, Mathematics, Essay)*
- Professional Education
- 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:
- A completed CG-10 application form;
- A processing fee for each subject you request*;
- Official transcripts showing all degrees and credits (at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited or approved U.S. institution); and,
- 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 site.
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.