Thank you for your interest in our School Counseling program!
We have a 72 semester hour program from which a student graduates with both M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in school counseling. As you can gather from the website, some of the coursework is common to all three of our tracks, while some courses are specifically geared to school counseling. Additionally, there are 3 education courses outside our program that are required for certification; they are in the areas of Reading, English as a Second Language, and Classroom Management. Each of our students will be engaged in two field experiences while here. First, there is a practicum which requires 225 hours during a semester in a school. Secondly, a full time internship of 600 hours is required. A few students choose to do a split internship as an alternative to the full time one, which would consist of two experiences during two semesters of 300 hours each. Students will also have a supervision course and small group supervision while involved in these field experiences. Each field experience has UF supervision as well as an onsite supervisor at the school (a school counselor).
We have a very strong and positive relationship with the School Board of Alachua County and the Guidance Supervisor, with whom we work closely to place our students in practica and internships. Students list their top choices of levels (elementary, middle and high) as well as specific schools that they may be interested in. We do our best to offer students one of their top choices. There are several high schools (and middle schools) that are interested in hosting student interns. Since our students will be working for K-12 certification, we highly recommend that they take one field experience in an elementary school and one in a secondary school (middle or high). The fall incoming class for school counseling students in the M.Ed./Ed.S. program is usually about 15 students. As you probably know we also have Mental Health and Marriage and Family tracks and we accept approximately the same number of students in each of those tracks.You will be assigned an advisor who will work with you while you are here with your planned program of studies, and any other academic concerns you may have. Professors are accessible and happy to work with students.
Please feel free to contact James Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org about specifics of the application process.
Sondra Smith-Adcock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Counselor Education
School Counseling Program Coordinator