EDUC505 The Professional School Counselor (3 semester hours)
The Professional School Counselor is an introductory course that sets the stage for future in-depth study in the School Counseling program. This course covers the history of the School Counseling profession and its integration into the total educational program. The roles and functions of professional school counselors presented are in alignment with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model and the standards established by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Candidates are required to conduct interviews with practicing school counselors during this course. While observation hours are not required they are strongly encouraged for a full course experience. Candidates are therefore advised to verify that they will have access to a practicing school counselor and preferably also to classroom settings prior to scheduling the course during summer months.