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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :MA
Department : Child, Family and Community Sciences Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The CACREP Accredited School Counseling track in the Master of Arts in Counselor Education is designed for the student planning to seek certification as a professional school counselor in pre-K through postsecondary school settings.


The CACREP accredited School Counseling track in the Counselor Education MA program prepares students for certification as a professional school counselor. As such, students must be formally admitted to the program in order to take any program area courses.  The program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 6 credit hours of core courses, 30 credit hours of specialization, 9 credit hours of DOE required certification courses, 9 credit hours of professional clinical experiences, and 6 credit hours of electives in either the nonthesis or thesis option.
Total Credit Hours Required:
60 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—45 Credit Hours

Core—6 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6155 Lifespan Human Development and Learning (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)

Specialization—30 Credit Hours

  • MHS 5005 Introduction to the Counseling Profession (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6220 Individual Psychoeducational Testing I (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6400 Theories of Counseling and Personality (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6401 Techniques of Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6420 Foundations of Multicultural Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6500 Group Procedures and Theories in Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6815 Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional School Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • SDS 6347 Career Development (3 credit hours)
  • SDS 6411 Counseling with Children and Adolescents (3 credit hours)
  • SDS 6620 Coordination of Comprehensive Professional School Counseling Programs (3 credit hours)

DOE Certification—9 Credit Hours

  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language to Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours 

  • EGC 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

  • Two approved electives (6 credit hours)

Professional Clinical Experience—9 Credit Hours

The clinical experiences are comprised of two sections, Practicum and Internship. Both are experiential in nature and are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program to their work with actual clients and students. The practicum is conducted on campus in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and the internship is conducted at various schools around central Florida.

  • MHS 6803 Practicum in Counselor Education (3 credit hours)*
  • SDS 6947 Internship in Professional School Counseling (3 credit hours)**
  • SDS 6947 Internship in Professional School Counseling (3 credit hours)**

* Prerequisites for MHS 6803 Practicum in Counselor Education are the following: MHS 5005, MHS 6400, MHS 6401, MHS 6500, and SPS 6815. MHS 6420 and SDS 6411 are also pre or co-requisites for MHS 6803. A minimum of 27 credit hours are required prior to beginning the practicum.

** The prerequisites for SDS 6947 Internship in Professional School Counseling include SPS 6815, a "B" or better in MHS 6803, and completion of MHS 6420.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Achieve at least a GPA of 3.0 in counseling specialization courses.
  • Achieve a “B” or better in MHS 5005, MHS 6401, MHS 6803 and SDS 6947.
  • Complete a total of 700 hours of clinical experiences, 100 of which will be in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and 600 of which are field-based experiences in a school setting.
  • Complete a portfolio and receive approval by Counselor Education faculty.
  • Complete a professional exit examination.
  • Given the experiential, competency, and performance-based nature of the courses taken by Counselor Education students, students are limited to taking a maximum of three (3) courses per semester.  However, if students believe that they can verify a need to take more than three courses, they should consult with their advisor for additional guidance.  Students who have no received prior approval and who register for more than three courses per semester will be administratively dropped from any courses over the maximum allowed.

Independent Learning

Practica and internships are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. The internship experience provides students with the practical experience of facilitating a comprehensive, professional school counseling program in a school setting (e.g., leading classroom guidance lessons, facilitating group counseling, providing individual counseling services).

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken in the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé.
  • Goal statement.

In accordance with Florida Statute 1004.4 and State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066, admission to this graduate-level, state-approved initial teacher preparation program also requires passing all four parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination/General Knowledge Test (FTCE/GKT). This provision applies to all applicants to the MA program, School Counseling track.

UPDATE:  In order to demonstrate mastery of general knowledge, Graduate Record Exam test administrations conducted on or after July 1, 2015, may be used as an acceptable means of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge. A minimum passing score on a GRE subtest in an applicable general knowledge content area, as defined in the table below, will satisfy the requirement of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge for the applicable general knowledge content area.




GK Writing Subtest (Essay)

GRE Analytical Writing

A combined score of 4 out of 6

GK English Language Subtest Skills

GRE Verbal Reasoning

A scaled score of 151

GK Reading Subtest

GRE Verbal Reasoning

A scaled score of 151

GK Mathematics Subtest

GRE Quantitative Reasoning

A scaled score of 147

NOTE:  Effective January 1, 2015, only examination results earned by educators within 10 years prior to the date of application for a new Florida Educator's Certificate with the Florida Department of Education may be acceptable for certification eligibility requirements (SBR 6A-4.002).    

The Master of Arts in Counselor Education-School Counseling track can accommodate only a limited number of students; therefore, there is a possibility of being denied admission even when all criteria are met.

The College of Education and Human Performance reserves the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to the Counselor Education Program, if in the judgment of the faculty the student demonstrates unacceptable personal fitness to work in the counseling field with children, youth, and/or adults.

A formal interview is required and will be scheduled after the College of Education and Human Performance admission requirements are met. The interview dates for March and October will be posted on our Counselor Education website.  Attendance at the program orientation session at 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday before classes begin, in the semester to which the student applied, is mandatory.

Application Deadlines

School Counseling *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Feb 15



International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Feb 15



*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.