Jun 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Counselor Education, M.A.

College of Education  
Department: Leadership, Policy and Lifelong Learning 


  • School Counseling


The Counselor Education major provides students with the general counseling skills needed to become professional counselors. Graduates are trained to assess problems, counsel clients, select appropriate intervention strategies and consult with other professionals and administrators.   One concentration area is available:  School Counseling. 

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP)

Major Research Areas:
School Counseling, Group Counseling, Counselor Education

Admissions Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Proof of educational or professional experience
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Interview
  • Resume

International Students

International students should check with International Services (https://www.usf.edu/world/international-services/index.aspx) for the latest information on requirements related to State testing, internship and practica.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours -  55 Credit Hours Minimum

  • Core – 6 Credit Hours
  • Additional required courses – 24 Credit Hours
  • Concentration – 25 Credit Hours minimum

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

School Counseling Concentration (25 Credit Hours Minimum)

Other Information

Please be advised that major and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria. A School Counseling (Post Master’s) Graduate Certificate is also available.

Comprehensive Exam

Students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination prior to enrollment in SDS 6820 Internship in School Counseling  and must present official passing scores on the following examinations prior to graduation:

  • Florida Professional Education Exam
  • Florida  Subject Area Examination in Guidance and Counseling