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Welcome to School Counseling Program

School Counseling Program Description

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

The School Counseling Program prepares professional counselors to work in elementary, middle, and high schools in a diverse, complex society. Graduates are prepared for K-12 school counseling upon completing the program and have a foundation in the theory and practice of comprehensive school guidance, professional identity as counselors, appropriate skills for counseling children and adolescents, and awareness of school culture. They are also aware of the importance of professional standards, recognize the importance of lifelong learning for themselves, and are prepared to contribute to professional literature through research and actively participate in, and contribute to, professional organizations.

Recognizing that most states currently do not require teaching experience for school counselors, the program, working collaboratively with area schools prior to and during field experiences, includes emphasis on developing instincts about the culture of schools, including raising awareness of existing social, cultural, economic, political, and pedagogical realities. Students usually represent a variety of undergraduate majors. Upon graduation, they are qualified for school counselor licensure in the state of Indiana, although not all stay in the state to practice.

School Counseling Program By the Numbers

  • 100% of our students that have sought funding (assistantships that have tuition waivers and stipends) have received funding during their time in our program (2011-present)
  • 98% of those students who start our program are successful at completing.
  • 98% are successful in passing the National Counseling Exam(an exam needed in order to be licenses as a mental health counselor) in their first attempt.
  • 89% of our students find a position within 6 months of graduating in school counseling or a related field (2008-present)
  • 6 to 8, the number of students in each incoming class

For more information:

Dr. Christopher Slaten                                              Dr. Carrie A. Wachter Morris
Program Director                                                        (765) 494-9625
 (765) 494-9739                                                         email: cawm@purdue.edu
email: cslaten@purdue.edu   

Dr. Amy Gaesser
(765) 494-9742
email: amygaesser@purdue.edu