School Counseling (P-12)
The School Counseling Program provides opportunities to develop essential competencies for School Counseling professionals within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This 36-hour program leads to the Master of Arts in Education degree and provisional certification for School Counselors in all grade levels, primary through grade twelve. For specific information on the steps in the application process see our admissions page. Applications are accepted for individuals who are either certified as teachers or are not certified as teachers.
The program includes courses related to the practice of School Counseling and supervised experiences in school settings. The School Counseling program in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at WKU is committed to training highly competent professional School Counselors. This challenging program is designed for individuals who want to develop a clear professional identity as a School Counselor.
The supervised experience required in the School Counseling program includes a 100 hour practicum (about 10 hours per week) that takes place over one semester and involves supervised duties commonly performed by School Counselors. It involves working in an elementary or secondary setting while receiving extensive supervision from site and faculty supervisors. These duties include individual counseling, group counseling, classroom guidance, advising, consulting, program development and assessment, and testing. Students already working in a school will need to adjust their work schedule in order to acquire the necessary experiences. This may be accomplished by meeting with students/staff before or after typical work schedule, during planning periods and lunches. Potential students should understand that it is often helpful to take personal days on occasion to get in-depth day-long internship experience. Some School Counseling interns have gone to a half day teaching schedule or have taken a leave of absence to accumulate the necessary hours. Each student’s situation is different, and talking with school administrators early in their program will help students plan a feasible situation. Often administration is supportive and will work with students if they can. Please contact a School Counseling faculty member for any questions about this requirement.
Do you want to know how the school counselor of 20 years ago compares to the school counselor of today? View the American Counseling Association infographic to learn more.