Through Prescott’s Professional School Counseling Preparation Program, students gain a deep understanding of human development, counseling theories, and an understanding of the unique challenges inherent within individual, group, family and systems counseling. Prescott’s school counseling program focuses on enabling educators to work with the “whole child,” guiding them to social-emotional-academic growth and development. The program curriculum and required hands-on experiences in the field, follow the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) program model requirements. Our programmatic model also includes the professional standards of School Counselors as outlined in Section 5G of the CACREP standards. By preparing exceptional school counselors, we promote an understanding of what it takes as a community, and as a diverse democratic nation, to guarantee that every child in our society has equitable access to a quality education and support of the highest caliber.
As we look to the future, toward making our educational system more inclusive and just, counselors broaden their pedagogy to integrate skills, tools, and materials across disciplines and levels, encouraging social and ecological justice within the field. Prescott’s school counseling program understands that well-prepared schools are not only places of learning but can also inform, create, and sustain community. Throughout our education programs, we work to emphasize the importance of connections and collaboration among family, school, and community for our youth. Successful graduates of Prescott’s School Counseling Program learn the myriad ways connecting with community can work to promote a child’s sense of place, self, and culture.
Upon successful completion of the post-degree study requirements for a Masters of Education degree and in order to qualify for an Institutional Recommendation leading to an Arizona Standard School Counselor, PreK-12 Certificate, students must complete 36 semester credits and all program requirements.
Prescott College accepts up to 15 graduate semester credits in transfer course work from other regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions as long as College faculty members confirm that the courses and credits to be transferred meet college-established curricular standards and expectations.
If a student is planning to obtain certification in a state other than Arizona, the student is required and responsible for research into that state’s certification requirements in order to ensure compliance.