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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.

Learning Objectives

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 addresses the academic ability, work performance, and character of the applicant.
  • Two Disposition Assessments.
  • A personal interview with the admissions committee.
  • 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.
  • Copy of teaching license (Track I only).

 

Please complete and return admission pieces via email at: gradadmissions@bushnell.edu or in person/by mail to: Office of Graduate Admissions, 828 E. 11th Ave. Eugene, OR 97401-3745,
or via fax at: 541-349-5281

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School Counseling Tracks

The Master of Arts in School Counseling Program offers two options for students to choose from.

 

  • Track I (48-51 credits)

For students with two years of successful licensed teaching prior to admission into the school counseling program.

 

  • Track II (54-57 credits)

For students without a current teaching license or with less than two years of successful licensed teaching prior to admission into the school counseling program.

 

*Both tracks require a Human Development or an equivalent upper division course in human development and behavior. This course may be taken concurrently in the first semester of coursework.

Courses in Track I

Track I (48-51 credits)

For students with two years of successful licensed teaching prior to admission into the school counseling program.

 

  • Child/Adolescent Development and Mental Health
  • Introduction to the Counseling Profession
  • Counseling Theories and Skills I & II
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Crisis Management
  • Group Counseling
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention
  • Early Childhood/Elementary Counseling
  • Middle School/High School Counseling
  • Introduction to Family Systems
  • Career Development and Counseling
  • Academic/Behavioral Appraisal and Intervention
  • Research and APA Writing
  • Internship/Group Supervision

Courses in Track II

Track II (54-57 credits)

For students who do not have a current teaching license or have less than two years of successful licensed teaching prior to admission.

  • Child/Adolescent Development and Mental Health
  • Instructional Strategies and Classroom Management
  • Curriculum Development and Technology
  • Student Teaching Practicum
  • Introduction to the Counseling Profession
  • Counseling Theories and Skills I & II
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Crisis Management
  • Group Counseling
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention
  • Early Childhood/Elementary Counseling
  • Middle School/High School Counseling
  • Introduction to Family Systems
  • Career Development and Counseling
  • Academic/Behavioral Appraisal and Intervention
  • Research and APA Writing
  • Internship/Group Supervision
Program Director
School of Education
Kathy Ditommaso Owen, M.S.
Associate Dean of Teacher Education
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

M.S., Western Oregon University Primary Responsibilities: Oversee the Teacher Education and School Counseling Programs With …