Counselor Education - School Counseling, M.A.
Department: Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences
The School Counseling track in Counselor Education Program seeks to develop knowledgeable, skilled and reflective professionals who are effective change agents and advocates for youth, families, and communities of varying abilities, cultural heritages and socioeconomic backgrounds. The program and track make a conscious effort to prepare students to work with youth and parents/caregivers from the varied cultural backgrounds, economic levels, and value orientations found in contemporary Florida. In addition, it is important that our graduates feel capable of, and committed to, assuming leadership roles in the fields of school counseling. For us, leadership implies having the commitment and skills to not only assist individual youth, parents/caregivers, and teachers but to make a constructive contribution to the improvement of our profession, communities, and schools as well.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is for students who have a baccalaureate degree, but are not certified educators (e.g., those who hold a Florida State Teaching Certification). The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is for students who have a baccalaureate degree in education and are certified educators. All school counseling students are required to complete a clinical experience in the UCF Community Clinic and a 600 hour internship completed in a PK-12 school setting. The M.A. and M.Ed. tracks are both accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).
For additional information, please consult with the Counselor Education Program website at: education.ucf.edu/counselored