Successful completion of the Master of Education in Counselor Education in School Counseling results in certification for PK-12 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. Students will complete over 700 hours of supervised field experiences over three to four semesters.
Special Notes about the Program
The amount of prerequisite course work will depend on the individual student’s educational background and ranges from 3-9 hours. Please speak with the graduate program director.
Application Requirement Information
International Applicant Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions
Fall Term . . . . . . . . July 28
Summer Term . . . June 2
Admits for fall and summer terms only.
The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).
- UNF admission application
- Application fee
- If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
All of the below university and program requirements
A baccalaureate degree from a
regionally accredited U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign
institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60
credit hours of undergraduate study.
Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable,
from all post-secondary institutions
- Letter of intent
- Three letters of recommendation
- Address applicants qualifications for success in graduate school
- Must be on official letter head (if applicable) and have an original signature (electronic signatures are not acceptable)
- Passing GKT or GRE test scores
- If submitting GKT scores, please contact the Graduate School after they have been submitted
- A copy of a
current FL Professional Educator’s Certificate will also suffice as proof of having taken
the GKT; please contact the Graduate School after it has been submitted
- GRE scores may be used as an alternative to GKT scores
- Must be taken within the last 5 years
- 151 verbal, 147 quantitative and 4 out 6 analytical writing
- Applicants must complete a SOAR portfolio and interview with a SOAR Selection Team prior to admission
- Applicants seeking admission to a state approved educator preparation program must demonstrate mastery of general knowledge for admission to the program by providing passing scores of the GK, CLAST, NTE or GRE exams
- An applicant who does not meet the stated criteria for admission to the school counseling program may request review of his/her application by submitting a letter detailing the reasons that an exception to the admission policy should be granted
- Should be submitted to the graduate program director prior to the closing date for receipt of applications
- The letter will become part of the application and be reviewed during the student selection process
Curriculum and Requirements
of the Program
UNF School Counseling program Supporters of Academic Rigor (SOAR) works closely in a community partnership with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) and the surrounding counties. In the preparation program, graduate students serve as mentors to urban public school students at the middle and high school levels by participating in career and academic advising activities and providing fieldtrips to post secondary institutions. SOAR students educate, guide and encourage urban students concerning the attainability and benefits of furthering their education beyond high school through scholarships and financial aid information. DCPS also provides our SOAR students with opportunities to shadow and interact with experienced school counselors in working school settings. This partnership with our graduate students prepares them with invaluable experience for entering a career in school counseling. Tangible evidence of this partnership is a jointly funded school counseling position between the Duval County Public Schools and UNF for the purposes of supporting pre-service field experiences and transitioning students into the profession.