School Counseling

School counseling candidates demonstrate the knowledge and skills delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards. Specifically, the school counseling program is aligned to the Indiana State School Services Professional Standards, the Indiana State School Counselor Standards, and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Standards. Competencies are systematically assessed by means of signature assignments.

Accreditation

Teacher education programs are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Admission Requirements

  • Submit three letters of recommendation and where appropriate one from a former college professor and one from an employer or supervisor who has observed the applicant in a professional setting.
  • Submit a concise, typed, two-page statement of professional goals, including why he/she wishes to seek a degree in School Counseling, consistent with the purpose and focus of the program. One could also include specific training objectives and long-term career goals following graduation.
  • Demonstration of proficiency regarding academic performance. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework, as recorded on official transcripts.
  • Undergraduate coursework should include a minimum of 9 hours of coursework in Psychology. Preferred courses would include introduction to psychology, lifespan development, and abnormal psychology (may be augmented by coursework in closely related fields or may reflect life experience).
  • Indication of sufficient emotional maturity and stability to complete the rigors of graduate study as well as maintain ethical practice regarding counselee welfare. This includes, but is not limited to, openness and introspective ability regarding how applicant’s own issues impact his/her work as a counseling professional.
  • Presentation of willingness to develop a non-judgmental attitude and awareness of need to refer counselees who are outside the applicant’s range of competence.
  • A score of 150 on each of the verbal and quantitative subtests on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if the candidate’s undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0.
  • Candidates will have an interview with the Program Director and/or Psychology and Counseling Admissions Committee.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete an application form (plus $20 fee if submitting the paper application).
  • Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.
    • Must be sent directly from the registrar of institution(s) attended.
  • Submit a DD214 form (United States veterans only).
  • If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, submit a GRE composite score of 280 (800 on previous scale) or a MAT composite score of 389.
  • Submit a statement of career goals to gradschool@sf.edu.
  • Submit recommendations from two people who are capable of speaking about your academic ability and school counseling potential. Must be submitted using our department form.
  • After the Office of Admissions has received the above-listed materials, you will be required to interview with the Department of Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee.