School Counseling Program

The concentration in school counseling is designed to prepare beginning counselors to work within a school environment. Successful completion of the program and exit exam results in Pre-K through 12 certification as a school counselor.

Methods of Instruction

Methods of instruction in the School Counseling Program include: classroom teaching/lecture, student led presentations, hybridized course delivery with content pushed out to students, engaging with the institution’s learning management system, Blackboard, independent reading and research, and clinical placements in the appropriate field setting. In accordance with established graduate school matriculation policies, known in the Graduate Catalog as “Continuation Standards” students are expected to maintain a B average in order to remain in the program. Students who earn a C in one class must repeat it for a better grade. Earning two Cs will result in program dismissal.


Application to the Counseling Program is made in the spring for fall admission. Candidates wishing to apply to the counseling program must submit a completed application to the Graduate School office no later than February 15th. To be officially admitted to the Counseling Program, applicants must first meet all general requirements for admission to the UTC Graduate School. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate (also known as bachelor's) degree before beginning graduate school work. All forms and materials should be submitted directly to the Graduate School. Until fully admitted, students will not be allowed to register for core Counseling Program courses. Prior to admission into the Counseling Program, students may register for EPSY 5010 Methods of Educational Research. No applicant will be admitted to the Counseling Program with conditional admission status. In addition to regular graduate admission requirements, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit a score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) within the last five years.
  2. Provide 2-3 professional and/or academic recommendations pertaining to the candidate’s potential as a counselor.
  3. Submit a résumé reflecting professional experience and volunteer work, related to the helping profession.
  4. Submit a two-page typewritten biographical sketch indicating the motivation to become a counselor.
  5. The applicant must attend an admission workshop that includes a group interview with faculty and pass a writing proficiency exam. After the interview and writing exam, candidates will be notified in writing as to their acceptance in the program. No oral confirmations of admission status will be provided.

Program Courses

(also displayed in the program catalog)

Core Courses
EPSY 5010   Methods of Educational Research
COUN 5020    Introduction to the Counseling Profession
COUN 5100   Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling
COUN 5430   Theories of Human Development
COUN 5440   Theories and Techniques of Counseling
COUN 5450   Counseling Skills
COUN 5470   Group Counseling
COUN 5480   Measurements and Assessments in Counseling
COUN 5490   Career Development and Counseling
COUN 5510   Crisis Counseling
COUN 5540   Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 5620   Foundations of School Counseling
COUN 5650   Seminar in School Counseling
COUN 5760   Theories and Practice of Multicultural Counseling
COUN 5550   Counseling Practicum
COUN 5700   Internship in Elementary School Counseling
COUN 5710   Internship in Secondary School Counseling
COUN 5750   Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders
Elective Courses (6 hours from the following)
COUN 5520   Addictions Counseling
COUN 5530   Family Counseling I
COUN 5500   Perspectives of Human Sexuality in Counseling

Minimum degree requirements

Requirements or the School Counseling program Master’s of Education includes earning a minimum of 60 semester hours of course credit, including the core counseling courses and successful completion of 700 hours of clinical placement in the field, successful completion of professional fitness evaluations by program core faculty, successful completion of the PRAXIS II, a completion of exit examination processes (including completion of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), a final theories paper with an embedded case study, a satisfactory formative reviews from university and site supervisors), and adhere to the Continuation Standard. Students must maintain a 3.0 to remain enrolled in the UTC Graduate School and the Counselor Education program.  A grade of C or Unsatisfactory in a course will require that a student repeat the course. Students who earn two Cs will be dismissed from the UTC Graduate School and Counselor Education graduate program.

Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam

The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) comprehensive exam is an exit examination required of all master’s degree students. It is ordinarily taken during the student’s last semester of study in the program. The purpose of the exam is to assess the student’s knowledge of counseling to ensure minimum competence in the field. The CPCE will also provide collective feedback that can be used by the program in developing /adapting curriculum.


Please contact Dr. Shekila Melchior, she is the Coordinator of the School Counseling Program.


The following agencies are responsible for accrediting the UTC Counseling Programs, and ensuring
a quality education for the students in that program:
 CACREP (through March 31, 2020) and CAEP.

                                                                            CAEP LogoLogo for CACREP