Counselor Education and School Counseling
The Master of Science (M.S.) in School Counseling and the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master’s programs in counseling and doctoral programs in counselor education and supervision.
Graduate faculty members demonstrate professional commitment in the following areas:
- Delivery of exemplary instruction to graduate students.
- Production, interpretation, and dissemination of sound and useful research and scholarship.
- Provision of leadership, collaboration, and service within the profession.
- Promotion, understanding, and celebration of diversity.
M.S. in School Counseling
The M.S. in School Counseling at Kansas State University is a 48-hour program designed to prepare dynamic, professional school counselors to be team leaders who implement comprehensive school counseling programs that are integral to the total educational program. School counselors are prepared to support students' achievement and learning and their academic, career, and personal/social development. There are two options for licensure as a school counselor in Kansas. One option is for individuals who have a professional teaching license; the second option, the parallel pathway, is for individuals who do not have a professional teaching license. The parallel pathway option requires additional field experience over two semesters in schools. Courses are offered in person, online, and through video conferencing.
KSU prepares dynamic school counselors who are exceptionally competent team leaders integral to the total school program. Counselors are prepared to support the achievement of all students in an ever-changing world of the 21st century.
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School Counseling Program Student Learning Outcomes
- KSU/KSDE Standard 1: The professional school counselor demonstrates knowledge of the philosophical, historical and social foundations of contemporary education and counseling practice; and preparation standards, professional credentialing practices, legal and ethical behaviors.
- KSU/KSDE Standard 2: The professional school counselor possesses the knowledge and skills to plan, organize, implement and evaluate a comprehensive, developmental, results-based school counseling program.
- KSU/KSDE Standard 3: The professional school counselor understands and demonstrates appropriate counseling skills to address the needs of individuals throughout the stages of human development, possesses knowledge of related human behavior at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts and the impact of the stages and behaviors on learning and family dynamics.
- KSU/KSDE Standard 4: The professional school counselor understands the major theories of individual and group counseling and demonstrates appropriate skills, techniques and the use of technology in implementing individual and group counseling and classroom lesson design to promote academic, career and social/emotional development of learners.
- KSU/KSDE Standard 5: The professional school counselor understands and demonstrates legal and ethical use of assessment, evaluation and research in multicultural contexts.
- KSU/KSDE Standard 6: The professional school counselor has knowledge of career development and applies a multi-tier approach for counseling all learners through their developmental stages.
- KSU/KSDE Standard 7: The professional school counselor understands the significance and demonstrates the skills of teaming and consultation, collaboration and coordination in developing programs to facilitate the positive interaction between learners and their environment.
- KSU/KSDE Standard 8: The professional school counselor understands social and cultural diversity across developmental stages and is able to identify appropriate counseling practices.
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision
The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares graduates for professional leadership roles in counselor education, supervision, advanced counseling practice, and research. The program requires 48 hours of coursework plus research culminating in a dissertation that is a unique contribution to the field. The research will include a three-hour seminar in counseling research and may include up to 12 hours of laboratory research work. Training extends beyond that found in the entry-level, basic master’s program. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Student Learning Outcomes
Of the learning outcomes prescribed by our accrediting agency, the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, the learning outcomes addressed by the program's assessment of student learning outcomes plan follow:
- Develop skills in teaching, client appraisal, supervision, research, program evaluation and intervention.
- Enhance counseling knowledge and skills, leadership development, advocacy and understanding of the application of ethical standards.
- Provide proactive, developmental supervisory and/or consultative programming or treatment to children, adults and families with normal developmental concerns and populations experiencing life adjustment difficulties.
- Interact with multicultural populations effectively.
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of qualitative and quantitative research designs and data analysis.