Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services: concentration School Counseling and Guidance

The Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services (CPS) with a concentration in School Counseling and Guidance is designed for those who wish to serve as a school counselor, grades P-12.

The program is intended to prepare counselors who have the necessary knowledge and skills to promote achievement, personal and social development and career planning. The program prepares students to be certified as a school counselor.

Paul Eddie Bobbitt

Although I am early in my career, my interactions with the professors at this point have been fantastic. Their ability to challenge me academically and professionally will be instrumental in developing a transferrable skill set that will make me a marketable professional in the future. I am very happy with School Counseling program and would recommend it to anyone without hesitation.

Paul Eddie Bobbitt, School Counseling Student
Lacy Moore

I am very pleased with my professors. They are intelligent, dynamic, and very willing to help. The professors make classes interactive and do not solely lecture - they seem genuinely interested in engaging the students.

Lacy Moore, School Counseling Graduate

The ECPY Department also offers a Rank I in School Counseling as well as Standard Guidance Certification. Note: One must already have a master's degree in School Counseling and be certified as a School Counselor in order to be eligible for the Rank I program.

The Counselor Education Program

School Counseling is part of the M.Ed in CPS program in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and College Student Personnel.

The mission of the Counselor Education Program is to prepare counselors and counselor educators who contribute to society in a variety of professional roles by: supporting principles of social justice, fairness, and equity in their work; proactively promoting the welfare of those they serve; and engaging in a lifelong process of educational and professional renewal. Consistent with our focus on social justice, the Counselor Education Program is committed to building a culturally-diverse student body and providing a culturally-responsive educational environment for all students.

The coursework combines classroom and practicum and internship experiences to prepare students to work as mental health professionals in the work setting of their choice (school, mental health facility, university).

The School Counseling program has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. CACREP defines quality assurance for counselor preparation programs.

For details about program curriculum, visit the Graduate Catalog.

Program of Study in the M.Ed in CSP with a concentration in School Counseling

Core Professional Area (total = 30 credit hours)

ELFH 600 - Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics
ECPY 540 - Evaluation and Measurement
ECPY 619 - Empirical and Theoretical Foundations of Counseling and Psychotherapy
ECPY 605 - Human Development
ECPY 630 - Theories and Techniques of School Counseling
ECPY 650 - Group Process & Practice
ECPY 663 - Multicultural & Diversity Issues
ECPY 670 - Career Counseling
ECPY 730 - Social, Legal & Ethical Issues
ECPY 674 - Practicum in School Counseling

School Counseling Concentration (total = 24 credit hours)

ECPY 611 - Learning and Cognition in Education
ECPY 624 - Foundations of School Counseling
ECPY 626 - Consultation
ECPY 640 - Assessment Methods for Counselors
ECPY 638 - Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse
ECPY 684 - Internship in School Counseling
ECPY 684 - Internship in School Counseling

Total program hours: 51

Sequencing of Courses

Courses in the School Counseling concentration do not follow a specific sequence, however to ensure the quality of learning there are certain courses that are required prerequisites before more advanced courses can be taken. The following are courses that require prerequisites:

  • ECPY 624, ECPY 630, ECPY 730, and ECPY 650 are prerequisites for ECPY 674 Practicum in School Counseling
  • ECPY 540 Evaluation & Measurement is a prerequisite for ECPY 640 Assessment Methods for Counselors
  • ECPY 674 Practicum is a prerequisite for ECPY 684 (1st) Internship
  • ECPY 684 (1st) Internship is a prerequisite for ECPY 684 (2nd) Internship

This program was just evaluated! Read the 2013 evaluation [PDF].

Note: Meeting GRE score and GPA minimums does not guarantee a student will be accepted to the program.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

  • The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Minimum overall GPA of 2.75, or 2.75 on the last 60 undergraduate hours, is required. Applicants are required to submit all official transcripts from all colleges attended as verification of coursework and degree(s).

    Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.

    Please have transcripts sent to:
    School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY 40292

    If transcripts are sent electronically,
    please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm @ louisville.edu

  • Each applicant is required to submit at least two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities and potential. Please download the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies recommendation form [PDF].
  • Submission of GRE scores is required. Preferred scores for the concentration in School Counseling and Guidance are the 40th percentile on the Verbal section and the 25th percentile on the Quantitative section. Students admitted with GREs lower than these percentiles would be admitted in conditional status.
    Please note: when submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
    Need help preparing for the GRE? Sign up for a GRE Information Session.
  • Prospective students must submit a professional goal statement [PDF] appropriate to their stated area of concentration for admission to the degree program.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all foreign students from countries in which English is not the native language. Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
  • Signed statement: Technology and Code of Ethics Form [PDF]
Laquita Edwards

The professors in the M.Ed in CPS with the School Counseling concentration are professional, knowledgeable, and very understanding.

Laquita Edwards, School Counseling Graduate

In addition to these requirements, admission to the degree program may require completion of prerequisite undergraduate courses specific to each area of concentration.

Faculty may require interviews in addition to written credentials as part of the admission process.

Application Deadlines

Spring Term Admission: October 1

Fall and Summer Term Admission: March 1. Initial review will occur after February 1 for all complete applications submitted by February 1. An additional review will occur after March 1 for all additional complete applications submitted by March 1.

Note: If spaces are available in the program after the March 1 deadline, fall applications will be considered until June 15. Please check with the department prior to applying.

If you have questions about applying to the program, please contact Aaron Phillips, Assistant Director for Education Academic Services, at 502-852-3214.

I love the professors here. They are very helpful and knowledgeable.

Shauna Doering, School Counseling Graduate

Contact

Richard Balkin
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and Student Personnel
College of Education & Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Office: 502-852-6646

Program Faculty

Financial Aid

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

Other financial aid opportunities available include graduate assistantships and other employment opportunities.

Supervising and Resource Teachers

In recognition of valuable service to the preparation of teachers and the need for all teachers to have continual professional growth, a supervising teacher or a resource teacher for teacher interns may, with prior approval of the course-offering institution, take a maximum of six (6) credit hours per term at any public postsecondary institution and pay no tuition. The postsecondary institution shall waive the tuition up to a maximum of six (6) credit hours.

To apply, you must complete the Tuition Waiver Certification for Supervising and Resource Teachers Application [PDF]. It should be completed by the supervising teacher, certified by their principal, and returned to our office. Return the form to the Student Financial Aid Office at UofL, attention: Lindsay Driskell.

Eligibility: 6 credit hours of tuition benefits for each semester served as a full responsibility supervising or resource teacher, or 3 credit hours of tuition benefits for each semester served as a shared supervising or resource teacher. Students may exercise the tuition waiver option up to twelve months following the assignment. Tuition benefits are paid directly to the University of Louisville.

Counselors for the New Millennium Scholarship Selection Procedures

Counselors for the New Millennium

The Counselors for the New Millennium (CNM) program offers scholarships to defray expenses for tuition and textbooks for ethnic minority graduate students. It also provides collegial support in a dynamic and intensive program for school counseling students. This program employs a cohort model to build strong support groups that often lasts well beyond graduation.

Applicants to the CNM program must first meet the criteria below to be considered for admission by the CNM Advisory Committee.Interviews and recommendations complete the application process to the program.

CNM Selection Criteria:

Because this is a competitive scholarship, students are evaluated based on their academic achievement, financial need, and personal goals. The following criteria are considered in identifying eligible students:

  • Admission to the master's degree program in CSP with the School Counseling concentration;
  • Grade Point Average;
  • Letters of Recommendation;
  • Financial Need;
  • The Personal Goal Statement;

Academic Achievement: The student's GPA and letters of recommendation are obtained from the application materials that the student submitted when they applied to the school counseling program.

Financial Need: Applicants are required to complete a FASFA application. This provides the CNM advisory committee with an understanding of the student's need for financial assistance.

Personal Goals: Applicants are required to complete a personal goal statement of no more than 350 words that explains their goals for their school counseling degree and why they believe they should be considered for the scholarship.

For further information, contact the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and College Student Personnel, 502-852-6884.

I have some credit hours from another program/university. Can the credit be transferred?

Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours if your UofL advisor approves the request. Transfer requests are then submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

Do I have to be a certified teacher in order to be a school counselor?

No, you do not have to be a certified teacher in order to be a School Counselor in Kentucky. However, some school districts do require that a School Counselor be a certified teacher with teaching experience in order to be considered for a School Counselor position. Check with the school district where you would like to be employed as a School Counselor for their requirements.

What is the Counselors for the New Millennium program?

Counselors for the New Millennium Scholarship Selection Procedures

The Counselors for the New Millennium (CNM) is a grant-funded program for Kentucky minorities who aspire to become school counselors. Applicants to the CNM program must be first admitted to the Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services program with a concentration in School Counseling. Upon admission to the program, applicant's names are submitted to the CNM advisory committee for consideration. Interviews and recommendations will complete the application process to the CNM grant program. CNM grants cover in-state tuition and a stipend for books.

CNM Selection Criteria:

Because this is a competitive scholarship, students are evaluated based on their academic achievement, financial need, and personal goals. The following criteria are considered in identifying eligible students:

  • Admission to the master's degree program in CPS with a School Counseling concentration;
  • Grade Point Average;
  • Letters of Recommendation;
  • Financial Need;
  • The Personal Goal Statement;

Academic Achievement: The student's GPA and letters of recommendation are obtained from the application materials that the student submitted when they applied to the school counseling program.

Financial Need: Applicants are required to complete a FASFA application. This provides the CNM advisory committee with an understanding of the student's need for financial assistance.

Personal Goals: Applicants are required to complete a personal goal statement of no more than 350 words that explains their goals for their school counseling degree and why they believe they should be considered for the scholarship.

For further information, please contact the Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling, and Student Personnel Department at (502) 852-6884 or Dr. Natalie Stipanovic at (502) 852-4603.