As you learn about this program, you may realize that God has already prepared the ground: You’ve earned an undergraduate degree in a field such as psychology, social work, history, education, human services, or ministry. You enjoy interacting with young people. And you’re interested in a challenging profession that uses your natural gifts of communication, empathy, and relationship-building.
Furthermore, there’s an ongoing demand for licensed school counselors nationwide. The National Association of School Counselors recommends a ratio of 200 to 250 students to one counselor. School systems in counties surrounding Southeastern often are unable to fill all their counseling positions each year, and the need is expected to increase. Projections from Florida’s Department of Education estimate that by the year 2020-21, this state will require almost 2,000 more school counselors than it currently employs.
Like Southeastern, large public universities nearby offer this master’s degree, and with a curriculum similarly modeled on the standards set by Florida’s Department of Education. Only at Southeastern, though, can you benefit from a school counselor program that consistently integrates Christian faith and learning.
Southeastern’s faculty members are working professionals with experience from clinical, community and school settings. They remain active with professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS).
They also bring their deep faith, which inspires them to educate you from a holistic approach. You learn to consider each student as a whole person, whose actions reflect multiple dimensions of life: mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual.
This comprehensive approach is one that Southeastern is distinctively qualified to provide. In your classes, professors will raise questions that will challenge you to consider your own faith perspective and Christian worldview as you address real world issues that impact students, parents, teachers and others in the educational environment: For example: “The Bible tells us to ‘renew our minds‘ and to ‘take every thought captive;’ how can we draw on such principles to help students in public schools develop academic and behavioral success?”
As you progress through Southeastern’s program, you will find opportunities to enhance your own faith as well. You emerge with the ability to assess students’ needs, to guide students toward productive choices, and to work with parents, teachers, and administrators-all in an intentionally Christ-like way.
Earning your Master of Science in School Counseling most efficiently will require a hardy commitment of as few as 16 months, starting in the fall semester. Southeastern’s program includes 52 to 57 credit hours: 10.5 to 15 of these will be of these come from your academic classes, and 12 from your two practicum courses and the supervised internship.
Other than your sixth-semester practicum and your eighth-semester internship, both of which take place in a school setting, M.S. in School Counseling classes are held here on our Lakeland campus. You will attend evening courses during consecutive fall and spring, and summer semesters and during two weeklong sessions in the summer–a schedule that allows you to complete your new graduate degree while continuing in a full-time job. Students must accommodate for significant hours of daytime field experience in actual schools in the spring and 2nd fall semesters of training.
We understand that some students may prefer a less intense program, so we’ve built in an alternative. After taking your introductory course, Foundations of Counseling (offered both fall and spring), you can choose either to pursue your degree at the full-time pace outlined above, or to stretch out your study, taking only one or two courses at a time.
Beyond advising teenagers about classes and college, beyond helping a teacher manage an unruly child, a career in school counseling offers you the daily opportunity to serve others. Southeastern’s training enables you to learn how to perform that service as Jesus would. Here, you become not simply a capable school counselor, but a professional with the heart of a servant.
If you’re starting to envision yourself as a school counselor, explore the M.S. in School Counseling at Southeastern, where every class enhances your ability to let the higher Counselor work through you.
|Students must have taken the following undergraduate course before entering Southeastern’s M.S. in School Counseling program (or must complete them while enrolled prior to the end of their 1st semester in the program):|
|Introduction to Psychology (or General Psychology)|
|Theories of Personality|