- Master of Education in Counselor Education
in School Counseling
The Counselor Education program offers a Master of Education
degree in School Counseling (SOAR). The program is accredited by the Council
for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
School Counselors: Supporters Of Academic Rigor (SOAR) is a
partnership between the University of North Florida and the Duval County Public
Schools with outreach efforts to St. Johns, Clay, Putnam, and Nassau counties
and the Florida community with the expected outcome of preparing counselors who
will practice as advocates, leaders, career/academic advisors, and counselors
creating the conditions necessary for academic achievement for all children.
The Master of Education in School Counseling is one of the
leaders in the National Initiative for Transforming School Counseling that
leads to certification in school guidance counseling in the State of
Florida. The School Counselors: Supporters of Academic Rigor (SOAR)
program is a cohort program with 20-30 students selected annually. The
program consists of 48 semester hours of core and major
requirements. The amount of prerequisite course work will depend on the
individual student’s educational background and ranges from 3-9 hours.
Students will complete over 700 hours of supervised field experiences over
Grades of “B” or better are required in all graduate courses.
requirement: 6 hrs
requirements: 42 hrs (includes internships and practicum)
- A passing
score on each of the Florida Teacher Certification Exams 1. General Knowledge (English
Language Skills, Reading, Mathematics, Essay)* 2. Professional Education 3. Guidance and Counseling
PK-12 (Subject Area Exam)
Certification and Certification Exams
Major: Counselor of Education
Degree: Master of Education
Concentration: School Counseling
COEHS Core Requirements (6hrs)
Grades of "B" or better are required in all graduate courses.
Students must apply to graduate by the published deadline during their final semester.
Major Requirements (42hrs)
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):
*All four sections of the General Knowledge Exam must be
taken and passed before the end of the third semester of the program.
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 will offer advanced studies and
practical field experience in conducting career assessments. All students
complete this internship at urban professional development middle and/or high
schools established specifically for this internship.
Dr. Christopher Janson, Dr. Sophie Maxis, and Dr. Rebecca
Schumacher are the site supervisors for this internship.
SDS 6830: Internship
in Counseling/Coordination of Guidance Services
This course provides field experiences for the school
counseling masters program. Students work in an accredited school under the supervision
of a certified counselor. Students will meet in a seminar with the UNF supervisor
throughout the semester for group and individual supervision and instruction in various
topics related to the internship. The seminar and individual 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.
SDS 6831: Internship
Management of Resources
As part of the Internship: Management of Resources class we
will be visiting and/or hearing from speakers from 20 different local agencies
and organizations. Examples of the agencies that we will explore for future
resources for families are:
The course goals include:
The following 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 Candidate
Handbook and Guidelines for School Counseling Practicum and Internship
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.
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. The following items are required to
complete the application package:
*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 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
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.
You will apply for a Florida Professional Certificate in
your program area. Be sure that your application package includes an official
score report reflecting passing scores on all portions of the FTCE if taken
prior to July 2002. All scores earned after July 1, 2002, are submitted
Graduates of a Florida approved teacher preparation program
who have not passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher
Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Temporary Certificate.
The Temporary Certificate is valid for three school years, which allows you
time to complete the certification tests while teaching full time. The Bureau
of Educator Certification will provide you with official information about
which test(s) to take to complete requirements for the Professional
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. 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.
- EDF 6607 Education in America 3
- MHS 6530 Group Leadership Skills for School Counselors 3
- SDS 6940 Practicum in School Counseling 3
- MHS 6407 Theories of Counseling 3
- MHS 6780 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in
School Counseling 3
- SDS 6310 Career and Lifestyle Development 3
- SDS 6832 Internship: Career Advising, Appraisal,
Semester Total: 6 credit
Semester Total: 9 credit
- SDS 6000 School/Family Managing Student Behavior 3
- MHS 6482 Personality and Lifespan Development 3
- TSL 6990 ESOL for School Counselors 3
- SDS 6014 Organization and Administration in School
- SDS 6830 Internship: Counseling/Coordination of
Guidance Services 3
- EDF 6495 Research in Counseling 3
- MHS 6600 Seminar: Consultation Skills 3
- MHS 6421 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
- SDS 6831 Internship: Management of Resources 3
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