The USF MA in School Counseling Program features:
- A focus on building and recognizing students' cultural assets
- Special lower rate for credential students
The main assets of the program include:
- Two-year program that starts in summer
- A clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) to practice as a school counselor
- An additional option (with additional required courses) for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor licensure pathway (LPCC)
- Fieldwork training in schools begins immediately to complement academic coursework
Initial Summer Semester
- Includes foundational coursework which will take place in June and July to help ensure students are prepared for their first Fall in schools.
First Fall Semester
- In addition to the Weekend Teaching Schedule below, there are four additional Friday evenings during the first semester – that meets 5:30–8:45 p.m.
Fall and Spring Semesters | Nine weekends per semester
- Classes meet on alternate weekends (Please see the School of Education Weekend Teaching Schedule)
- Friday evenings 5–9:45 p.m.
- Saturdays 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Summer Sessions | Six consecutive weekends during June and July
- Friday evenings 5–9:45 p.m. & Saturdays 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
- Students selecting the PCC option have classes in the above format during the summer following their graduation
Students go through the program together as a cohort, forming informal study groups and building on each other's knowledge and life experiences. Such collaborative learning is a powerful force in shaping each individual’s academic and professional experience. The relationships formed in the program often lead to support, resources, and professional opportunities.