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Counselor Education - School Counseling

Statement of purpose

This area of study prepares counseling professionals who want to work in K-12 school settings providing counseling and support services that positively impact the academic, career, and personal/social development of students. School counseling students also learn how to work with relevant stakeholders (teachers, school administrators, parents, and community members) to develop a comprehensive school counseling program, as well as the importance of being effective leaders and advocates for their success as school counselors. Graduates are prepared to work in public and private schools upon graduation, and are is eligible for the provisional license from the Maine Department of Education upon completion of their MS or MS/EDS plan of study.

Program overview

In addition to the common core of helping skills and professional preparation courses, coursework for the school counseling area of study includes learning and applying foundations of school counseling, as well as how to develop and implement a comprehensive school counseling program. Trends in school counseling, working as social change agents within schools, and facilitating the holistic development of all K-12 students are discussed throughout the curriculum. Knowledge and skills regarding school counseling trends, techniques, interventions, and services are emphasized throughout clinical experiences, particularly as part of the required 600-hour internship, which spans 2 consecutive semesters to mirror a school year.  Passing the Praxis II is a graduation requirement.

Potential career areas

Students in this track are working towards careers as elementary, middle, and high school counselors, as well as school counselors placed in non-traditional settings (such as international schools, Department of Defense schools or schools with various grade ranges). Internship and practicum experiences in at least two of the three common school settings help prepare students to work in a variety of settings upon graduation.

Courses for School Counseling

Core Courses

Specialized Courses

Supervised Practicum and Internships

Master’s Degree

Minimum 60 hours (excluding CEC 655 Practicum hours)

School Counseling Concentration

Summer 2015

CEC 523 Use of Standardized Tests and Inventories
CEC 559 Counseling for Career Development

Fall 2015

CEC 520 Multicultural and Social Foundations of Counseling
SED 581 Response to Intervention for Behavior: School wide Prevention


CEC 557 Intro to Play Therapy
SED 582 Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support: Targeted Interventions

Summer 2016

CEC 560 Pre-practicum
SED 583 Response to Intervention for Behavior: Tier III Individualized Interventions

Fall 2016

CEC 655 Individual Counseling Practicum
CEC 552 Effective Group Work


CEC 690 Counselor Education Internship
CEC 549 Developmental Theories in Counseling

Summer 2017

(Elective of Choice)
(Elective of Choice)

Fall 2017

CEC 690 Counselor Education Internship
EDS 510 Intro to Educational Research


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Contact Information

College of Education and Human Development
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2441
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System