The following Learning Outcomes are common to all MS in counseling programs. The competent and confident counseling profession will:
- Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
- Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
- Analyze cultural development theories and models.
- Examine empirically based theories of human development.
- Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
- Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
- Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
- Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
- Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
- Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.
Graduates of the MS in School Counseling program will also be able to:
- Examine the factors that put K-12 students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders.
- Choose strategies for assisting K-12 students in reaching personal, academic, and social growth.
- Assess data to inform decision making within the school setting.
- Critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement.
Note on Licensure
The MS in School Counseling program is offered by Walden University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) which is a requirement to practice as a school counselor in some states. The MS in School Counseling program meets the standards for school counseling licensure or certification and is a state-approved program in Ohio. However, the MS in School Counseling program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) which may also be a requirement to practice as a school counselor in some states. The MS in School Counseling program is designed to prepare students to qualify and apply for licensure or certification to practice as school counselors and serve as certified or licensed school counselors in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK–12) school settings. However, each state board responsible for regulating the practice of school counseling has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an individual to practice as a school counselor in that state.
Individuals interested in school counseling licensure or certification in states other than Ohio may qualify for the license by virtue of completing a state-approved program pathway; however individuals must review their state regulations to ensure the school counseling program meets all requirements paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completion.
School Licensure in Minnesota: Graduates of Walden’s MS in School Counseling who wish to seek licensure as a school counselor in Minnesota should first obtain school counselor licensure in Ohio and then apply for licensure under the “license in hand” provisions in Minnesota Board of Teaching (MBOT) regulations.
Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information relating to the state-by-state requirements for school counseling licensure or certification; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensing or certification for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain certification or to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential.
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