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The Master of Education in School Counseling Program at Frostburg State University is committed to educating students in three broad areas: Knowledge, Skills and Personal Awareness. Students become certified to work as school counselors at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. However, the degree offers flexibility in other areas of employment as well in careers such as admissions counselors, behavioral specialists, and other positions such as Head Start Family Engagement Coordinator in social service and educational organizations. At the conclusion of this graduate program, candidates possess the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will allow them to function effectively in the holistic development of students in the K-12 setting in accordance with the CACREP Standards for School Counseling Programs.
A background in teacher education is NOT a requirement for admission to the School Counseling Program. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible for certification as a K-12 school counselor in Maryland.
Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in School Counseling – Designed to present a legal and ethical framework for school counselors. Provides prospective school counselors with a basis for developing their professional code of ethics within the framework of the standards established by the American Counseling Association. Topics such as relevant court cases, child abuse issues and confidentiality will be explored.
Group Dynamics and Interventions in the School Setting – Provides prospective school counselors with knowledge and skills in the application of group procedures to the school setting K-12, including appropriate techniques in group guidance, group counseling and school consultation.
Assessment Issues in the School Setting – Provides prospective school counselors with knowledge and skills related to the philosophy, selection and implementation of student appraisal techniques, including the development, content and trends in school testing programs. Review of standardized and teacher-made testing and measurement. Interpretation of testing results.
Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Education - School Counseling program requirements (PDF).
Also see: FSU’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Ed.D.
Career Outlook for School Counselors:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 12 percent growth in jobs for school counselors through 2022. This represents an increase of about 31,200 positions. For more information about work environment, pay and other considerations, visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/school-and-career-counselors.htm (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook - School Counselors).
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