School Counseling

School Counseling

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Through USF’s graduate school counseling program, you will develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to serve the complex needs of today’s students. Our curriculum provides an added advantage by including counseling and education courses, preparing you for all facets of the career.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to take the state exam required to be a Licensed School Counselor in a P-12 setting — USF students have 100% pass rate!

Twice the Experience

The practicum experience was incredible and eye opening — from being in a public high school to having one-on-one conversations with the counselor I’m working with to seeing firsthand what the students go through — I am learning techniques that will help me to help my future students.

Tonisha King, ’15, M.S.Ed. ’19
School Counseling major

Another distinct advantage is the amount and type of field experience you’ll acquire. Unlike most school counseling programs, ours provides two levels: one in your preferred setting and another in an alternate setting.

  • Practicum: 105 hours of experience in a school setting.
  • Internship: 600 hours in a school setting, completed over two semesters

Broad-Based Experience

USF has deep roots and outstanding partners in the community, meaning we have access to a variety of field experiences, including:

  • Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
  • Vocational and Technical Schools
  • Public, Private, and Parochial Schools
  • Urban, Suburban, and Rural Settings

Career Outlook & Success

100%

of USF School counseling graduates are employed in the profession

$55,410

Median pay for school counselors

100%

of USF School counseling students pass the licensure exam

13%

expected job growth for school counselors by 2026

Did You Know?

USF offers a School Counselor Licensure Track! This non-degree option is ideal for anyone with a master’s in Psychology or Counseling. Students complete one course (Organization and Administration of School Counseling), complete the Practicum and Internship experiences, and take counseling content courses as needed. Upon completion, they’re prepared to take the state licensing exam.

Added Value! Faculty Expertise

Throughout your studies, you will be taught and mentored by a team of experts. USF’s Psychology and Counseling faculty are true professionals with extensive credentials and diverse experience in the field.

A few highlights:

  • John Brinkman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Counseling, has clinical expertise in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology
  • Rolf Daniel, Ed.D., Professor of Psychology and Counseling, is a forensic and clinical psychologist with expertise in addiction and substance abuse
  • Carl Jylland-Halverson, SFO, Psy.D. Professor of Psychology and Counseling, is a clinical psychologist with expertise in human trauma.
  • Monica Heller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, is research scientist and expert in human growth and development
  • Mike Martynowicz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling, is a research scientist and expert in human growth and development

Accreditation

USF’s school counseling program is approved by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP). The School Counseling program is also aligned with standards set forth by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) and by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Program Director

John Brinkman, Ph.D.
jbrinkman@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 8425