The Master of Arts in School Counseling program trains students on a faith-oriented campus to become successful school counselors in K-12 public or private schools. The program is accredited by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) in conjunction with the Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century.
Together with a Christian frame of reference and Christian faculty, this program will provide you with a solid foundation of counseling skills and theories to promote the academic, social and emotional development of children through a constructive method. Building on current research, you’ll learn to develop a comprehensive school counseling program and a professional identity as a school counselor that reflects the National Model and the Oregon Framework. Successful graduates promote the highest standards in academic performance, student welfare, as well as safe and violent-free environments.
The adult-friendly environment permits students to individualize their program through choices of topics on papers and presentations within required coursework and selected internship sites.
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in School Counseling Program, candidates will:
- Demonstrate ethical and legal consideration specifically related to the practice of school counseling.
- Demonstrate knowledge of theories and processes of effective counseling and wellness programs for individual students and groups of students.
- Demonstrate multicultural competencies and advocacy in relations to diversity, equity and opportunity in student learning and development.
- Understand the influence of multiple factors that may affect the personal, social, and academic functioning of students and the use of various forms of assessments for these.
- Demonstrate how to critically evaluate research relevant to the practice of school counseling and apply those research findings to the field.
- Understand and evaluate programs designed to enhance student academic, school to work transition, career planning, social and emotional development.
- Know strategies and methods for collaborating with school staff, parents, families and community members to empower them to act on behalf of their children.
Understand the school counselor’s role in student assistance programs, school leadership, curriculum and advisory meetings.
- A free application for admission.
- Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
- A statement of purpose of two-three pages (double-spaced) articulating interest in school counseling as a profession.
- Current resume
- One letter of recommendation that specifically address the academic ability, work performance and character of the applicant
- Two disposition assessments
- An official test score on the TOEFL (minimum score of 550 on the paper test, the minimum score of 213 on computer test) for applicants from non-English speaking countries.
- Documentation of teaching experience (Track I only) in the form of a copy of contracts or a letter from a principal or superintendent.
- A copy of teaching license (Track I only).
Applications may be accepted until August 1 but are admitted on a space-available basis only.
TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
2018-19 COST OF ATTENDANCE
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School Counseling Tracks
COURSES IN TRACK I
COURSES IN TRACK II
Program Director: Kathy Ditommaso Owen, M.S.
MAT Western Oregon University
Oversee the Teacher Education and School Counseling Programs