M.S. in School Counseling
The Master's Degree in School Counseling program is approved by the Florida Department of Education. The Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at all university locations and online. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.
This program is designed for the continued professional development of persons who presently serve or are interested in serving our youth and their families in an educational, Pre-K-12 setting. Master's training is based on a developmental model that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, prevention, and responsive services. The professional school counselor, based on the American School Counselor Association National Model, delivers a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social needs of all students. The course work provides broad based training designed to equip individuals with the skills necessary to confront a wide variety of contemporary issues facing today's youth.
Varying techniques and strategies will need to be employed by the school counselor, including individual and group counseling, assessment, vocational and career guidance, multicultural counseling, consultation, and program development. Based in psychological and developmental theory, counselor training encompasses a broad base of techniques, strategies, and interventions.
This program will prepare students to become competent, professional school counselors in a multicultural and diverse society through:
- understanding their professional identity as professional school counselors, including roles, functions and relationships with other education and community providers;
- possessing a strong background in the history, philosophy, ethical standards, and educational policy issues related to school counseling;
- gaining specialized knowledge and skills needed to provide service delivery in a variety of ways, including individual, small group, and large-group guidance activities;
- having a strong background in the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels;
- understanding the contextual basis for designing and/or implementing evidenced-based, school-wide programs;
- acquiring leadership skills to promote systemic change through collaboration and advocacy; and
- Understanding and respecting the influences of varied backgrounds and experiences of individuals and families in a pluralistic society.
Courses in the Master's program in School Counseling are offered one at a time in the intensive weekend format on the main campus in Ft. Lauderdale and at all Student Education Centers. Forty-five hours of instruction are required. Each course will take place over two intensive weekends offered within three or four weeks from one another (e.g., one weekend in September and one weekend in October equals one 3-credit-hour course). Courses for a given cluster of students are typically scheduled year round. Each course is offered once for each cluster during the course of their tenure at NSU (averaging between 2.5 and 3 years in the program). Students admitted at a specific Student Education Center must begin the program with the first scheduled course offered for their cluster as course work is sequenced throughout the program. Instructors are accessible to students throughout the length of the course.
Students register and begin course preparation approximately one month prior to the first class meeting. Class meetings (except for Practicum and Internship) are scheduled on Fridays (6:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m.), Saturdays (8:30 a.m. –6:00 p.m.) and Sundays (8:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.). Practicum and Internship classes are scheduled weekly and/or every-other week over a 15-week semester format.
The masters program is also offered at Nova Southeastern's Regional Campuses in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Palm Beach. The NSU has been a leader in training students in this format for over 30 years. BlackBoard technology will be utilized to enhance face to face instruction.