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Supporters of Academic Rigor (SOAR): School Counseling Program

SOAR Students

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.


School Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of the program will have fulfilled the educational requirements for Florida certification as school counselors.

Recent Updates

  • As of March 16, virtual meetings will be provided upon request. For meeting appointments and inquiries about the SOAR program, email us at
  • We invite you to meet SOAR faculty and learn more about the SOAR Program. Join us on any Thursday at 4:15 p.m., now through July 23, 2020, ahead of the Fall 2020 Graduate School admission deadline.
No appointment necessary, simply join the Zoom School Counseling "SOAR" Information Sessions. Should you need accommodations, please email at least five days prior to the event date.

About the Program

  • A cohort model
  • A 48-credit Master of Education degree in Counselor Education (depending on the individual student's educational background, 3-6 hours of pre-requisite courses may be required)
  • Eligibility for school counselor certification in Florida
  • Skill building in counseling leadership, collaboration, and data-driven decision making