Nationally recognized by The Education Trust as a “Transforming School Counseling” Program, the school counseling program is designed to prepare you for licensure as a school counselor at all grade levels. The mission of the master’s program in school counseling at Ball State University is to prepare professional school counselors to be change agents preK-12 schools. The program will help students develop a professional identity as a school counselor with particular focus on social justice and equity in schools.  Students are exposed to a range of theoretical perspectives and also challenged to view students as embedded in a complex system which inevitably shapes their everyday lives. Intensive, supervised practica and internships are required, providing real-life work experience in the application of prevention, intervention, and evaluation techniques in preK-12 schools.

The school counseling program is structured to educate students in accordance with the Indiana school counseling licensure requirements as well as standards set forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

        
Counseling Program/Student Outcomes

The school counseling program is structured to educate students in accordance with the Indiana school counseling licensure requirements as well as standards set forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The specific training goals for students pursuing master’s degrees in school counseling are as follows:

  • Apply American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Model to facilitate student development in terms of academic, career, and personal/social development.
  • Implement a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhance student academic, career, and personal/social development
  • Know how the multiple roles and functions of professional school counselors relate to missions of schools.
  • Appreciate ethical and legal challenges that school counselors commonly confront in schools within their local communities.
  • Intervene with culturally and economically diverse students in one-to-one meetings, and in group/classroom settings on educational, career, social, emotional, or personal factors affecting academic achievement and social integration.
  • Develop clinical skills for competently addressing multiple challenges in which students in schools are facing according to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender, ability status, nationality and sexual orientation.
  • Assess influences of multiple factors affecting the personal, social, career, and academic functioning of students within cultural contexts.
  • Conduct, evaluate, and design school counseling outcomes research using data-driven program evaluation models to inform school system decision-making and accountability. 
  • Understand how School Counseling graduate programs can enhance academic missions of schools.
  • Apply principles, strategies, programs, and practices necessary for closing the achievement and opportunity gaps and enhancing college/career readiness for all students.
  • Build collaborative partnerships with parents, agencies, and community stakeholders for promoting access, equity, and social justice in schools.
  • Consult with other professionals and administrators about how best to address developmental needs of culturally and economically diverse students.
  • Acquire leadership and advocacy skills for removing barriers that impede student learning and academic success in schools and within their local communities.

In order to meet these objectives, students are expected to demonstrate competence in 8 common core areas and 3 school counseling specialty areas outlined in the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). They include:

Common Core Areas:

  1. Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity
  3. Human Growth and Development
  4. Career Development
  5. Counseling and Helping Relationships
  6. Group Counseling and Group Work
  7. Assessment and Testing
  8. Research and Program Evaluation

School Counseling Specialty Areas:

  1. Foundations
  2. Contextual Dimensions
  3. Practice

The program is designed to foster student growth and development in each of these areas through coursework and over 800 hours of field-based experiences in practicum and internship. Further, the coursework and field experiences are guided by the ASCA National Model which provides the framework for comprehensive, data-driven school counseling programs in prek-12 schools.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the school counseling program, please contact the Director of School Counseling.