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[1] Graduate Courses in School Counseling (SCCN)

6102 - 6302 Seminar in School Testing  Discussion pertaining to testing, using standardized measuring devices in the areas of intelligence, interests, personality, and special aptitudes. On demand.

6105 - 6305 Seminar in School Counseling Designed to provide counselor trainees with the opportunity to explore topics fundamental to guidance services. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. On demand.

6195 – 6695 Internship  This course provides a supervised counseling experience for school counseling majors. Students will be required to work in a school setting and provide counseling to school aged children. Candidates must earn six hours of internship credit. Enrollment by permission only. Prerequisite: Practicum.

6320 Foundations of School Counseling  This course is designed to introduce students to the principles, functions and practices basic to school counseling at both the elementary and secondary levels. Specific focus is also given to professional, ethical and legal responsibilities; historical development and current trends and issues.  This course includes the characteristics of successful school counselors and the development of basic helping skills. Emphasis is on the first of the primary interventions (counseling) as spelled out by the American School Counselor Association in its position paper “The Role of the Professional School Counselor” and on the role of the school counselor as an advocate for student success in school and life. This is a step towards our primary mission for the University of Central Arkansas’s School Counseling Program which is to prepare “Educators as Reflective Decision Makers.”

6330 Multicultural Counseling in Schools The purpose of the course is to insure students know professional and ethical guidelines regarding the counseling of multicultural populations; have knowledge of different cultures; know how to interact effectively with diverse populations; know that diversity in schools, families and communities affect individual behavior.

6340 Career Guidance for School Counselors  This course is intended to assist students in learning to use educational and occupational information in career counseling, career guidance and related activities in  pubic schools.. Specific emphasis is placed on how students process information in the planning, establishing and managing a career from a life-span perspective. Activities in the class will also bring an awareness of diversity issues in career development. The overall nature of work in America including motivation and future trends, theories of career development, career-related assessment and counseling, sources of occupational information, computer-based guidance, and career-decision process will also be included to insure students can effectively engage in career counseling.  The specific focus will be on career counseling for school populations with attention given to the various impact of career counseling on ethnic groups, gender, and persons with disabilities.         

6350 Developmental Guidance This course is designed to enable school counselors to engage in strategic planning to improve this school guidance program.  Emphasis is placed on the practical application of planning skills to assess, evaluate, and improve the functioning of the school guidance program in order to meet the needs of students in elementary, middle, and high schools.  Students will also become more familiar with P-12 school guidance programs.

6360 School Counselor as Consultant This course emphasizes the role of Counselor as Consultant in public schools.  The course gives specific attention to working with teachers as advocates. Additional information is shared regarding working with the community resources available to school counselors.

6365  Educational Assessment and Measurement  This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the appropriate educational assessments and measurements currently utilized in public schools. Specifically, the course will examine benchmark testing and the appropriate use of the information obtained for use with students, teachers and parents. Additional information will be provided in regard to objective tests, interviews as a source of information gathering, and understanding data obtained from a variety of testing methods.

 6375 Group Counseling in Schools This course is designed to prepare school counselor candidates to work with students in groups in the public school setting. Both small group and large group activities for classroom guidance and best practice will be discussed in this course. The course focuses on group counseling theories, process and techniques. Prerequisite: PSYC 6354

6380 School Counseling Intervention Strategies School Counseling Intervention Strategies provides knowledge and skills in addressing the needs of specific children and adolescents in contemporary society. Stressors such as child abuse, chemical abuse, divorce and multicultural issues and the influences of poverty are included of this course. Specifically these issues will be discussed in relationship to their influence on student development and academic performance in the school setting. 

6390 School Counseling Practicum  This course is intended to allow students the opportunity to provide both direct and indirect counseling services to school aged children in a school setting. This Practicum course provides opportunities for practical clinical/field experience with actual clients/students in school settings. For purposes of school counselor licensure and/or certification, School Counseling students will receive verification of 100 hours of supervised Practicum experience.

6391 School Counseling Practicum II This course is intended to allow students the opportunity to provide both direct and indirect counseling services to school aged children in a school setting. This Practicum course provides opportunities for practical clinical/field experience with actual clients/students in school settings.