4.1 Career Services
What can you do with a graduate degree in Counselor Education?
4.2 University and College Resources
Library Facilities and Holdings
The UNF library is a 199,000 square foot facility covering four floors and containing more than 840,423 volumes holdings including over 54,000 audio/visual units, 1.5 million micro format units, and 2,800 subscriptions to journals. There are numerous counseling and related journals housed in the UNF library. The library maintains extensive hours: when classes are in session -- 7:00 am to 3:30 am Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 3:30 am on Sunday. (Intersession, holidays, and the reference desk have different hours) Use your Osprey ID to access library services. The entire card catalog is computerized and students have access to dozens of computers on each floor of the library. Computerized searches are accomplished easily through the library system, OneSearch. The on‑line catalog has both in‑library and remote access. Interlibrary loans through the State University System are available to students at nominal charges. Many documents, including older journals and all ERIC documents, are maintained on microfiche. Photocopying machines are available on each floor of the library. Study carrels and group study rooms are also available on the third and fourth floor of the library. The library staff willingly provides group and individual tutoring on conducting computer searches, and a comprehensive guide to services is available on‑line and in hard copy.
Osprey E-mail Accounts
When a student is fully admitted, a UNF ID (computing account) is created. Students will use the ITS Self Service page (http://www.unf.edu/app/ess) to find out their UNF ID, select a friendly alias, change their password, forward their email, or turn on spam blocking. Students use WebAccess (http://webaccess.unf.edu) to read their UNF email. Students may contact the ITS Help Desk via phone: 904-620-HELP (4357); email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or in person: Building 15, John E. Mathews Jr. Computer Science Building, Room 2102.
Data Analysis and Word Processing
Students have access to word processing, data analysis, and other computer functions through the Main Computer Lab, located on the second floor of the John E. Mathews Jr. Computer Science Building (Bldg 15/Room 2102). Both Apple iMacs and Dell computers are available for use. Color scanner and Pay-4-Print services are available. Students will need their Osprey ID card for Pay-4-Print services. In addition, the College of Education and Human Services houses an Educational Technology Center on the first floor of Building 57, Room 1420. Stations equipped with Dell computers and Pay-4-Print service are available.
Graduate Assistantships may be available. Typically a graduate assistantship provides half or full tuition waiver, plus salary for 10 to 20 hours per week of work. If you are interested in applying, you should complete the Graduate Assistant application which is obtained in the Dean's office of the College of Education and Human Services. Additionally, it is advisable to notify our Program Coordinator or Program Director of your interest in a graduate assistantship.
A number of scholarships are available through the College of Education and Human Services. You should check each semester for application materials pertaining to various scholarships and fellowships available. http://www.unf.edu/coehs/scholarships/
4.3 Professional Development
Professional Organizations, Involvement and Activities
Professional organizations- national, state, and local - offer opportunities to enhance professional development. The prominent school counseling organization is the American School Counseling Association (ASCA). The American Counseling Association (ACA) is the flagship association of the profession. Both ASCA and ACA offer annual national conventions. At the state level, the Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) conducts an annual convention in the fall as does the Florida Counseling Association (FCA). Locally, there is the First Coast Counseling Association (FCCA). There are opportunities to be involved, particularly in FSCA and FCCA.
Professional membership is critical as a professional school counselor. As a student, membership entitles you to discounts on professional development resources and events, as well as liability insurance. Additionally, membership in your profession conveys your identity as a professional school counselor, facilitates networking opportunities with fellow professionals, and establishes your professional identity.
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Students are strongly encouraged to become involved in FSCA, as well as to submit program proposals to present at the FSCA annual convention. Faculty will provide guidance for involvement in these organizations and how to develop program proposals.
Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota
Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society of professional counseling. Its mission is to promote scholarships, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. Invitations to apply to the UNF chapter of Chi Sigma are based upon the following criteria:
1. Completion of one semester of full-time grade course work
2. Earned grade point average of 3.5 or higher
3. Recommendation of the membership by the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter