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    School Counseling

    Learn More About the School Counseling Program at Florida State

    FSU’s online program in School Counseling prepares the next generation of counselors to serve the diverse needs of K-12 students. With a particular attention to the various racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds of students, our counselors make a difference. School counselors are very active in the lives of students, helping them create educational and career pathways for success.

    Our preservice school counselors learn to create, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs. These school counseling programs advance academic achievement strategies, college/career readiness and healthy social/emotional development. Additionally, preservice school counselors will learn how to use data to identify student needs. They will also gain experience working with families and community stakeholders. Our program also teaches how to use individual, group, and classroom guidance approaches to foster student development.

    Students need access to professional school counselors. Students may face challenges not just at school, but also personal issues and struggles in their home life. Moreover, students may encounter barriers to learning and social/emotional development. However, graduates of our school counseling program can improve these outcomes and help close achievement and opportunity gaps.

    Graduates of Florida State’s School Counseling program will earn both a master’s and specialist degree upon completion of the program. Students in the program will enjoy close mentorship from faculty members and the resources of a major university.


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    In order to meet minimum University and Department admission requirements, an applicant must have:

    • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
    • GRE test scores – Official score reports are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. The FSU Institution Code is 5219. FSU will consider only the highest scores from multiple testing attempts. Please visit the ETS website for GRE registration, test locations and dates, test taker accommodations, and free GRE General Test preparation materials: https://www.ets.org/gre

    Applicants whose combined revised GRE scores fall below 300 may be required to successfully complete the FTCE General Knowledge Test (GK) prior to being considered for admission (per Florida Department of Education requirements).

    Target Scores:
    Verbal – 145 or above
    Writing – 3.5 or above

    • Language proficiency test scores  International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language proficiency test scores.

    Target Scores:
    TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
    TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
    IELTS – 6.5
    MELAB – 77

    • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions.

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    For this program, the following supporting documents must be to the Admissions Application Portal:

    • Personal Statement (1 required) – The personal statement should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals and should be no more than 3 pages in length.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • Letters of recommendation should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department.
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)
    • Unofficial Transcripts – Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.

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    There is a large demand for school counselors and many schools are looking to add more school counselor positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 12.6% growth in the school counseling field through 2026, which translates into 35,700 new jobs. School counselors across the nation make $60,160 on average.


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