School Counseling Program Mission and Program Objectives
The mission of the school counseling program is to prepare professional school counselors to be systemic change agents and leaders in educational reform. Steeped in the Jesuit tradition, the Loyola school counseling program, its faculty, and its curricular experiences inspire and transform candidates to learn, lead, serve, and advocate for children and youth in a diverse, global society. Within this context, the education of the whole person is paramount; the standards-based curriculum is rigorous; faculty expectations are high; commitment to the community and social justice is valued. Candidates are challenged to understand the ethical dimensions of personal and professional life and to examine their own values, attitudes, and beliefs as they prepare to create, implement, and evaluate data driven, comprehensive developmental school counseling programs aligned with national standards, state guidelines, and district curricula.
Successful completion of the M.Ed. or M.A. in school counseling enables candidates to:
Assume the professional dispositions and identity of a school counselor as described by CACREP, American Counseling Association and American School Counseling Association.
- Demonstrate ethical decision-making and cultural sensitivity when constructing interventions and delivering direct and indirect services in schools.
- Apply the foundational knowledge and skills related to multicultural counseling.
- Conceptualize student needs within a human development framework that considers cultural and ethnic differences.
- Apply the theoretical and empirical knowledge to construct college and career development initiatives in P-12 schools.
- Demonstrate skills necessary to effectively conduct consultation, individual counseling and small group counseling.
- Identify the facilitative factors that strengthen the counseling relationship.
- Apply informal/formal assessments to identify student needs, focus interventions, and evaluate interventions within a school setting.
- Evaluate research-based interventions.
- Explain how to lead and evaluate components of an evidence-based comprehensive school counseling program.
- Develop and deliver a responsive, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sensitive school counseling curriculum to all students that includes culturally responsive classroom management strategies and lesson plan writing.
- Explain how to lead and advocate on behalf of the profession, all students, and especially underrepresented student populations.