School Counseling Emphasis
Our program’s philosophy embraces a student-centered, hands-on, experiential learning approach to educating and training professional school counselors. A discipline-based service-learning model launches our students into deeper leadership roles, partnerships with area schools and professionals, and experiences with students at all levels of development.
Our curriculum is CACREP and DPI accredited and supports the American School Counseling Association’s National Model. Course assignments promote team-building, collaborative learning, and essential professional school counselor attitudes and competencies.
Our students are passionate about young people and supporting and advocating for 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.
The planning sheets offer a look into the classes offered during each semester and in which students are expected to enroll. The brief program of study displays only the courses required and semesters that they are offered. The detailed program of study was compiled by students within the emphasis and provides tips for students each semester, with additional information provided about the program. Program Plans of Study are subject to change relative to department, accreditation, COEHS, and Office of Graduate Studies decisions and/or curriculum changes. Thus it is strongly recommended that students work closely with their advisers throughout the completion of their program.
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.
My internship allowed me to see a school counseling program in action. My site supervisors provided me a meaningful experience where I practice different counseling skills I learned over the course of the program ending with me feeling empowered and supported.Jacquelin Brown