The FSU School Counseling program 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.
In order to meet minimum University and Department admission requirements, an applicant must have:
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).
Verbal – 145 or above
Writing – 3.5 or above
TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
IELTS – 6.5
MELAB – 77
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:
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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.