School Counseling Emphasis
Our program’s philosophy embraces a student-centered, hands-on, experiential learning approach to educating and training professional school counselors through a multicultural and social justice lens. School counseling students engage in a proactive role in their learning process to gain a greater understanding and comprehension of the school counseling profession and their future role as a culturally sustaining professional school counselor. A community-based learning model launches our students into deeper leadership roles, partnerships with area schools and professionals, and experiences with students at all levels of development providing opportunities for them to address identified needs of the community. We believe that this allows them the opportunity to increase their awareness, knowledge, skills related to the practice and profession of school counseling as well as their work as advocates and leaders in the school system.
Students who are interested in taking Professional Counseling courses, but are not enrolled in the program, may contact us. If you are not currently a graduate student at UWO, faculty will refer you to the Application for Special Students. Once submitted, they will meet to decide about your request to take courses without full admission.
POINTS OF PRIDE
Our students are passionate about supporting and advocating for youth and their success in school and beyond. They are actively involved in professional organizations such as Chi Sigma Iota, the Wisconsin Counseling Association, and the Wisconsin School Counseling Association, plus numerous other professional development activities.
We invite you to come to speak to the faculty and students to learn more about our program and becoming a professional school counselor.
Our School Counseling Program rests on a foundation of student-centered learning, service-learning, hands-on assignments and experiences, and seminar-style discussions. School counseling students engage in a proactive role in their learning process in order to gain a greater understanding and comprehension of the school counseling profession and their future role as a professional school counselor.
Our program believes that relevant “hands-on” experiences, increases students’ awareness, knowledge, skills, and clarifies their values related to the practice and profession of school counseling. The service-learning experiences in our program bring the course content and objectives to “life,” and connect school counseling students and the partnering schools in a manner that responds to an identified need.
It is therefore strongly recommended that students work closely with their advisors throughout the completion of their emphasis program.
Our curriculum is CACREP and DPI accredited and supports the American School Counseling Association’s National Model. Course assignments promote collaborative learning and essential professional school counselor attitudes and competencies, as well as develop an understanding of intersectionality and positionally.
The following resource is the most up to date information regarding how to navigate the process of applying for both the In-Training License and Professional Counselor License.