Department Programs

School Counseling

The School Counseling program, in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Foundations, in the College of Education, offers degrees at the master's, educational specialist, and doctoral levels. Graduates of the master's program are eligible for licensure as a school counselor in the state of Mississippi, and graduates of the specialist and doctoral programs are also eligible for licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Mississippi. Courses taught in the school counseling program use the college of Education's Conceptual Framework for General Advanced Program. The school counseling program is accredited by both the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council on the Accreditation of Counselor Education (CACREP).

A degree in school counseling provides numerous opportunities for employment. Recent graduates from our program have not only been employed as school counselors in the pre-K - 12 educational environment, but have also obtained positions as child behavior therapists, counselors for the Armed Forces, counselors at the community college level, career counselors, and various positions at university settings, such as career counseling, academic advising, etc.

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Faculty in the school counseling program seek to prepare graduates to be advocates for the appropriate role of the school counseling in pre-K - 12 educational environments, leaders in the educational field, supportive agents for teachers and parents, and advocates for children and adolescents. Through rigorous coursework and clinical experiences, graduates are trained to provide a wide array of prevention and intervention services in the school setting. Our program focuses on teaching graduates how to successfully integrate the Mississippi Counseling Model, the ASCA National Model, and the National Standards for School Counselors into a comprehensive school counseling program that focuses on helping each and every child to be successful. Students will learn the foundation of counseling, developmental issues and concerns, counseling skills, and group counseling strategies to help students with daily struggles, as well as program evaluation, research methods, and assessment strategies to assist with program management and implementation.

Students in the school counseling program will have the ability to gain and demonstrate knowledge through advanced readings, interactive discussions, small group work, and numerous field experiences. In addition to field-based activities in content courses, students will also participate in a 100 (for those with a current MS teaching license) or 600 hour practicum and a 600 hour internship that is completed in an accredited pre-K - 12 environment under supervision of a licensed professional school counselor. Faculty work with students to help ensure beneficial placement settings for both supervising counselors and students.

Program Faculty

Participating faculty in the School Counseling Program include Cheryl A. Justice, Associate Professor and Coordinator for Graduate Programs in School Counseling.

Throughout the program, students will also encounter faculty who are scholars in the areas of clinical mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, educational psychology, and school psychology.

Contact Information

Cheryl A. Justice, Ph.D., LPC
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in School Counseling
Associate Professor
Allen Hall, Room 508-F
cjustice@colled.msstate.edu

School Counseling Degree Programs