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Master of Arts (MA) in School Counseling Admissions & Course Requirements, Argosy University - Tampa Campus

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Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) during the last two years of undergraduate work and any subsequent study
  • Demonstrate mastery of General Knowledge by any one of the following:
    • Achievement of a passing score on the Florida General Knowledge Test no more than 10 years prior to the date of application
    • A valid standard teaching certificate issued by a US state or territory,
    • A valid certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, or
    • Completion of two (2) semesters of full-time college teaching experience,
    • Effective for tests administered on or after July 1, 2015, achievement of passing scores on test sections of the GRE revised General Test
      • GRE Analytical Writing combined score of 4 out of 6 acceptable for GK Mathematics
      • GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score of 147 acceptable for GK Mathematics
      • GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score of 151 acceptable for both GK English Language Skills and GK Reading
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, English Language Proficiency Policy.
  • A minimum of 3 credits of ESL/ESOL coursework*
  • Evidence of a criminal background or fingerprint check
  • Submission of a written goal statement
  • Program interview with School Counseling Program Faculty and recommendation for admittance
  • Submission of all required paperwork (e.g. transcripts, application forms, etc.)
  • Departmental recommendation by the program chair for admittance based on a review of all admission materials
  • All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:
  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation (Two from a source familiar with student's academic abilities and one from a current school administrator)
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended

Note


* If a student does not have an ESOL endorsement and coursework in the teaching of reading and math, the student must take and pass the following additional prerequisite courses in areas of deficiency within 4 terms of matriculation into the program:

  • E6007 - Foundations of Reading (3) 
  • E6320 - Introduction to ESOL (3)   

Course List

Core Course Requirements

 Students enrolled in the MA in School Counseling degree program are required to complete 13 core courses (39 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
E6450 - Principles of Education and Classroom Management
(3)

(3)

SC6035 - Human Growth and Development
(3)

(3)

SC6110 - Foundations of School Counseling
(3)

(3)

SC6112 - Legal and Ethical Issues for School Counselors
(3)

(3)

SC6114 - Counseling Theories and Practice
(3)

(3)

SC6116 - Counseling Skills and Techniques
(3)

(3)

SC6120 - School Counselors as Consultants
(3)

(3)

SC6122 - Assessment and Evaluation
(3)

(3)

SC6124 - Career and Lifestyle Development
(3)

(3)

SC6126 - Research and Evaluation in Counseling
(3)

(3)

SC6418 - Group Theories and Practice
(3)

(3)

SC6445 - Social and Cultural Competencies for Counselors
(3)

(3)

SC6447 - Counseling At-Risk Students
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—39 Credit Hours
Elective Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in School Counseling degree program are required to take one elective course selected with advisor approval (3 credit hours).

Elective Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
  • Elective (3)
Elective Requirements—3 Credit Hours
Practicum Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in School Counseling degree program are required to complete one semester of Practicum (3 credit hours).

Practicum Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
SC6812 - School Counseling Practicum
(3)

(3)

Practicum Requirements—3 Credit Hours
Internship Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in School Counseling degree program are required to complete two semesters of Internship (6 credit hours). Refer to the Training Manual for procedures.

Internship Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
SC6818 - School Counseling Internship I
(3)

(3)

SC6820 - School Counseling Internship II
(3)

(3)

Internship Requirements—6 Credit Hours

Students are also eligible to apply to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists in a process designed for graduates of non-NASP approved programs.

All other programs offered through Argosy University, Tampa College of Education DO NOT lead to teacher, administrator, or school counseling certification, licensure, or endorsement in any State in the United States.

The programs offered through Argosy University, Online Programs DO NOT lead to teacher or administrator certification, licensure, or endorsement in any State in the United States regardless of the State in which the student resides.

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