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Supporters of Academic Rigor (SOAR): School Counseling Program

Mission Statement

The SOAR School Counseling Program at the University of North Florida prepares counselors who have developed strong basic counseling, relational, and reflective skills; who demonstrate sufficient multicultural content knowledge, skills, and practices; who practice from a sound foundation of theoretical and research-based knowledge; who hold and maintain a strong counselor identity; and who possess and exhibit the personal and professional dispositions necessary to work effectively as school counselors.

While the UNF School Counseling Program is not currently CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited, the program is accredited by the state of Florida and each graduate of the program will have fulfilled the educational requirements for Florida certification as school counselors. In addition, the University of North Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. 

The UNF School Counseling Program is actively pursuing re-accreditation with CACREP and while doing so is guided by the official standards and principles of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

About the Program

Major: Counselor Education

Concentration: School Counseling

Degree: Master of Education

  • Cohort model program
  • A 60-credit Master of Education degree in Counselor Education for all degree completers as of Spring 2023
  • Florida initial educator certification program with eligibility for school counseling certification

Online Information Sessions

Learn more about the SOAR Program, the school counseling profession and the admissions process Q&A at a SOAR Information Session. Email for accommodations or questions.

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SOAR Portfolio

Applicants should contact the Program Director for the School Counseling Program at to schedule an individual interview with a program faculty member as part of the admission process. 

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