School counselors help students deal with personal and academic problems and choices. This program gives you the competencies you need to work with children at the elementary and secondary level. The counseling and consultation skills you gain will allow you to help diverse individuals and groups deal with a wide range of personal, social, and academic issues.
Licensure as a school counselor requires an additional step after earning a master's degree. It is possible to earn this master's degree and not be eligible for licensure. Licensure as a school counselor is a standard-based process. The standards are mandated by the state board of education. These requirements may be fulfilled in our program by taking the appropriate courses, transferring courses, or life experiences/ independent study. Licensure also requires successful completion of the guidance section of the Praxis examination.
School counselor candidates who do not have teaching experience are required to participate in a semester-long orientation experience, in a school setting. A verification form indicates that you meet the standards mandated by the Tennessee State Board of Education.
It is imperative that you meet with Dr. Sherrie Foster during your first semester to evaluate your transcripts and educational/ professional experiences.
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