School Counseling

Concentration Coordinator

Chloe Lancaster Ph.D.
School Counseling Coordinator & Counseling Admissions Coordinator
The University of Memphis
300b Ball Hall
Memphis, TN, 38152
(901) 678-4477 (office)
(901) 310-4222 (home office)

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Mission Statement

The mission of the school counseling master's degree program at The University of Memphis is to prepare professional school counselors to implement developmentally informed, data driven, ASCA national model ® school counseling programs to support the growth of their student clientele across academic, career, and personal-social life domains.

Program Overview

We are a comprehensive school-counseling program that leads to licensure by the Tennessee State Department of Education as a School Counselor. Most schools require that counselors they hire be licensed or certified as school counselors by the state in which they are employed. Our academic program meets of exceeds the academic requirements for school counseling for all state departments of education and the United State Oversees Dependents Educational program. Within the program students learn counseling skills and develop competency to implement developmentally driven, evidence supported, school counseling programs aligned to The American School Counselors Association's National Model ®. Graduates of our program have the course work and skills to immediately operate effectively at any grade level they are assigned.

Students without teaching experience

Students who have not had 1 year of teaching experience in a K-12 setting are required by the state of Tennessee to participate in a preliminary school induction experience. In order to meet this requirement students must complete COUN 7790 "Independent Study Observation in Schools" (1 hr.) class, during their first or second semester of enrolment in the MS program. COUN 7790 consists of 40 observation hours accrued across all 3-school levels: Elementary, middle, and high school. To apply, complete the COUN 7790 application form, and turn it in to Dr. Cogdal by the practicum & internship application due date. Students will also have to complete the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations background check. Finally students without teaching experience are required to complete a special education class (SPED 7000), unless they have completed a comparable class at the undergraduate or graduate level.

MS Program Information

  • 48-52 hour CACREP approved degree program
  • 750 hours of field experiences at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels.
  • Options for public, private, and charter school field experiences
  • Full & part time program enrollment plans
  • 2 or 3-year program completion options
  • College and career counseling specialty
  • Certification for out-of-state school counselors
  • Re-certification options for in and out of State LPC-MHSPs

Faculty 

Dr. Chloe Lancaster 

Dr. Dick James 

Adjunct Faculty 

Dr. Nancy Kelly

Dr. Ann Taylor 

Visiting Professors

Dr. Michelle Brasfield

Program outcomes

We are committed to ensuring our students receive the highest quality professional induction experience to prepare them to successfully adjust to dynamic school environments. Our graduates consistently score in the top 1/3 of students on the school counseling praxis exams. Our students are frequently commended by our partners in the schools for their high degree of knowledge, skills, and adaptability. In terms of employment outlook, the profession of school counselors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022. Our graduates successfully find employment across the country and locally they can be found across, public, private and charted school settings. Our annual CACREP report can be accessed here.

Applications

Applications to the program are due October 1st and March 1st of each year. To apply, prospective students must complete a department application and an application to graduate school. For a comprehensive list of program pre-requisites and the application process please refer to our Admissions page.  

School Counseling College and Career Certificate

The University of Memphis's certificate in college and career counseling is an online and field based program designed to address contemporary issues related to career and college counseling in schools. The certificate focuses on developing technical skills and expertise to effectively prepare students to transition from high school to college or from high school to vocational programs. The curriculum is designed to offer insight into every facet of career and college planning, including the usage of assessment data, the college application and admissions process, financial aid panning, career counseling, and working with special populations. The program is committed to addressing contemporary issues influencing the field, by building awareness of social justice issues in the college going process and utilizing student achievement data as a lever to design programs that strategically target the achievement gap. Knowledge and technical expertise are enhanced by a comprehensive field experience that places students in area high schools and colleges, affording extensive opportunities to consolidate learning, and build professional competency.

School Counseling College and Career Certificate Program Requirements

The curriculum requires completion of 12 semester credit hours, offered online (9 hrs.) and in field based settings (3 hrs.). All coursework can be completed within one year of registering for the certificate. Because course offerings may alter to reflect the latest developments in the field, it is recommended that the certification be completed in a timely manner.

  • COUN 7824 (3 hrs.): College Admissions Counseling
  • COUN 7825 (3 hrs.): Strategies for College and Career Counseling in K-12 Settings
  • COUN 7826 (3 hrs.): School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap
  • COUN 7827 (3 hrs.): Capstone Field-based Experience
  • or
  • COUN 7645/7646 (3hrs.): Practicum or Internship in Secondary School and College Setting (3 hrs.) (This course is only available for The University of Memphis MS & Ed.D. Counseling Students)

Who should apply?

This professional certification is ideal for practicing and future school counselors who want to develop the skills to effectively assist students to pursue viable post secondary options. This certificate will also assist individuals aspiring to become school based college counselors or independent career counselors to develop the field specific knowledge to establish an exceptional college and career operation. Students enrolled in the MS school counseling program are encouraged to blend the certificate into their program of study.

Graduation Requirements

  • Students must complete all four required courses with a B average (3.00) or higher, for a total of 12 credit hours
  • Certificate only students must submit a 'Graduate Certificate Program Completion Form' to your departmental advisors two-weeks prior to the Graduate School deadline for graduation (See attached PDF in email)
  • Students are also required to apply to graduate with their certificate in their MyMemphis portal
  • To review important gradate office deadlines and graduation requirements go to the Grad School.

Admission to program

  1. Students currently admitted to a graduate program at the UofM
  2. Students at another university pursuing a graduate degree in the social or behavioral sciences
  3. Students already holding a graduate degree in the social or behavioral sciences
  4. Non-degree seeking students who hold a bachelor's degree or higher who meet the University of Memphis's graduate school requirements.
  5. For students enrolled in a graduate program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.
  6. An overall minimum grade point average of 2.75 is recommended for admission at the under graduate level

Certificate Application Process: Certificate only students

STEP 1: Apply to the certificate program

Completed certificate applications are due by October 1st and March 1st of each year

Send the following documents to:

Dr. Chloe Lancaster
The University of Memphis
100 Ball Hall Memphis, TN 38152

  • A completed certificate application
  • Two letters of recommendation from a current or previous employers, and, or a current or previous university instructor
  • A sealed copy of official student transcripts
  • Copy of state approved background check Link to TBI background check (See PDF attached to email)
  • A letter addressing your reasons for applying to the certificate program that discusses how the program supports your prior interests and future career goals.

STEP 2: Apply to graduate school as a certificate-seeking student

  • In addition to these documents you must submit a separate application to graduate school here
  • When completing the form you will be prompted to select your desired route--indicate that you are a certificate-seeking student

STEP 3: Apply for graduation

  • Complete all steps required as indicated on the Graduate School page Prerequisites to Apply to Graduate
  • Complete the Graduate Certificate Program Candidacy Form two-weeks prior to the Graduate School deadline for graduation and return this form to:

Dr. Chloe Lancaster
The University of Memphis
100 Ball Hall Memphis, TN 38152

  • Students are also required to apply to graduate with their certificate through the MyMemphis portal
  • To review important gradate office deadlines and graduation requirements go to the Grad School.

Certificate Application Process: The University of Memphis M.S., ED.S. & Ed.D. Only

STEP 1: Apply to certificate program

  • Students enrolled in the M.S., ED.S. & Ed.D. in Counseling programs must complete a certificate application form (Certificate Application)
  • Completed applications should be submitted to

Dr. Chloe Lancaster
The University of Memphis
100 Ball Hall
Memphis, TN, 38152

STEP 2: Complete change of status form

  • If the candidate is currently in a Degree program, a change of status form must be completed first. 
  • This is NOT an application for first-time admission to Graduate School. This form is only for current degree seeking students wishing to change their degree program by adding the Certificate.
  • It is very important that you indicate on the form that you intend to complete your current degree program. Failure to indicate your intention to complete your graduate degree can affect graduation.
  • Return this form to the Office of Graduate Admissions

STEP 3: Apply for graduation

  • Complete all steps required as indicated on the Graduate School page Prerequisites to Apply to Graduate
  • Complete the Graduate Certificate Program Candidacy Form two-weeks prior to the Graduate School deadline for graduation and return this form to:

Dr. Chloe Lancaster
The University of Memphis
100 Ball Hall Memphis, TN 38152

  • Students are also required to apply to graduate with their certificate through the MyMemphis portal
  • To review important gradate office deadlines and graduation requirements go to the Grad School.

Educational Specialists Degree

If you already have a master's degree in another field, then the Educational Specialist degree is available and most likely a more efficient option for licensure. Because each case is different, if you already have a master's degree in another field, you will need to have your academic coursework analyzed by one of the school-counseling professors. All Educational Specialist programs are individually tailored to the particular needs of each student. If you already have a degree in counseling, but it is not a school counseling concentration, then non-degree status may be your best bet. When you have non-degree status you meet with the school counseling certification officer, who will determine what courses you need for licensure.

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Advisory Board

Each concentration has an advisory board comprised of faculty, students, alumni, and community partners who meet annually. The advisory boards are tasked with reviewing data from formative and summative sources, curricula audits, and providing program recommendations. Feedback from advisory committee is used to inform curricula modifications, and changes to program policies and protocols.

Current Advisory Board Members

Chloe Lancaster (Chair)
Richard K. James (Co-chair)
Nancy Kelley
Randy McPherson
Skip Ruzicka
Ann Taylor
Ray Payne
Andrea Little