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The program of study will prepare students to:

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1. address student and family issues of concern which have adverse affect on student achievement and success.

2. promote, plan, and implement prevention programs regarding personal/social management and decision-making, college/career, and course selection and placement.

3. demonstrate leadership by promoting, planning, and implementing programs which are comprehensive, developmental, and integrated into the total school curriculum.

4. participate in the development of follow-up activities for all students which enhance personal growth and academic success

5. consult and participate with teams and individuals to ensure responsiveness and equity to cultural diversity issues as well as learning styles of all students.

6. collaborate with other helping agents (parents, agencies, community members).

7. participate in coordinating resources for all students, families, and staff.

8. be seen as a leader by faculty parents, and students in defining and carrying out the role and function of school counselor.

9. demonstrate appropriate documentation relating to student success and well-being.

10. establish and assess measurable goals for student outcomes from counseling programs, activities, interventions, and exercises.

11. to collaborate with staff members in developing staff training regarding issues related to student academic, social, emotional, and developmental needs on a school-wide basis.
 

Pre-requisites for admission to the School Counseling Concentration:

1.  The student must possess a minimum of a 2.5 undergraduate grade point average (Alabama State Department of Education Requirement). 

2.  The student must meet Counselor Education Program requirements for admission into the master's Concentration in School Counseling. 

There are two different sets of requirements for the following applicants who are accepted into the School Counseling Concentration:

Category A            

For those who hold a valid Class A Teaching Certificate and have two years of teaching experience:

1.  Successfully complete all academic and field placement requirements;

2.  Successfully pass exam in School Counseling (taken during internship)

3.  Submission of Alabama State Department of Education Supplemental EXP form completed by employer and verifying two years of full-time successful teaching experience.  The form is available from Mary Norwood (mnorwood@uab.edu ; 205-934-7530).  If you have taught full-time in more than one school system, you will need to submit a Supplemental EXP form from each school system.  The form should be submitted to the Office of Student Services in the School of Education as part of the Graduate School application.  Please send a copy of the completed form to the following address:

University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Education - Office of Student Services (EB 100)
Attention Graduate Application Processing (Supplemental EXP Form Enclosed)
1530 Avenue South
Birmingham, AL  35294-1250

Category B            

For those who do not hold a valid Class A Teaching Certificate and have two years of teaching experience:

1.  Successfully pass the Alabama Educator Certification Test (AECTP).  This exam will be taken during the student’s first semester in the program.  Click here for more information.

2.  Successfully complete all academic and field placement requirements.  This also includes completion of ECY 600 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner.

3.  Obtain a “cleared background check.” To be completed prior to taking your comprehensive exams.

4.  Successfully pass the Praxis II exam in School Counseling (taken during internship; see Student Services website for dates).

5.  Successfully pass the National Counselor Exam (may be taken during internship or after graduation).

6.  Obtain the necessary signatures and paperwork from the Office of Student Services

For students in Category A:  upon completion of all requirements, the Office of Student Services will forward necessary paperwork to the Alabama State Department of Education in order for the student to receive certification in school counseling.

For students in Category B:  upon completion of all requirements, the student is responsible for forwarding all necessary paperwork to the Alabama State Department of Education in order for the student to receive certification in school counseling.

About Counselor Education

The Master of Arts in Counseling degree has concentrations in the areas of Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. These concentations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students acquire core knowledge and clinical skills which enable them to enter the profession of counseling. Both counseling concentrations are designed to meet the academic course work and field experience requirements for becoming a licensed professional counselor (LPC) as established by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC).

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