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School Counseling

Concentration Coordinator

Michelle Brasfield, Ed.D.
Ball Hall 300A
Memphis, TN, 38152
(731) 432-9316
rmwelch@memphis.edu

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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 or exceeds the academic requirements for school counseling for all state departments of education and the United States Overseas 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 Counselor 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 one year of teaching experience in a K-12 setting are required by the Tennessee Department of Education 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 credit hour), during their first or second semester of enrollment in the MS program. COUN 7790 consists of 40 observation hours accrued across all three 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 course (SPED 7000), unless they have completed a comparable course at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2021 Semester Application: April 1
  • Spring 2022 Semester Application: October 1

Application Procedures

Applicants must apply through the university's online system here. All applicants must submit:

  1. Official transcripts of all colleges attended at both the undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) levels
    GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing)
  2. Three letters of reference. These letters must be specifically written for current application into the School Counseling program, signed by the reference, and printed on his/her official letterhead. Academic references are strongly desired (at least one is required), and should be in an appropriate position to make academic recommendations (e.g., current or former advisor or professor). Professionally applicable sources will be accepted; personal references will not be accepted.
  3. A personal statement (1-3 pages) that must include applicant's goals and rationale for applying to the School Counseling concentration. In this statement, applicants may include a brief description of career experiences (teaching or research in the area, working with PK-12 populations, etc.), and explain how these experiences are linked to their educational aspirations. All personal statements should be well-articulated and demonstrate professional writing quality (formal; accurate grammar and spellings).
  4. A professional resume that delineates previous work, educational experiences, membership and involvement in professional organizations, and scholarly activities. The resume should support the potential for strong performance in the program.

MS Program Information

  • 48-52 hour CACREP approved degree program
  • 750 hours of field experiences at the elementary, middle, and high 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

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 Exam. 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 charter school settings. Our annual CACREP report can be accessed here.

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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.