Course Descriptions

Education Counseling

MEC 8017
School Counselor Leadership Seminar
3 credits

Many experts contend that leadership is a central role of the school counselor (ASCA, 2012a; Dollarhide & Gibson, 2008).  Strong leadership is the foundation for a school counselor to be effective in advocacy and collaboration work not only for children, families, and school communities, but for the advancement of the school counseling profession (ASCA, 2012a; House & Sears, 2002).  The American School Counselor Association underscored the importance of leadership by placing it as one of the four major themes along with collaboration, advocacy and systemic change of the National Model (Curry & DeVoss, 2009; Janson, 2009).  ASCA included leadership in the preamble to the ASCA’s (2010b) Ethical Standards for School Counselors (Curry & DeVoss, 2009).  Peppered throughout the ASCA School Counselor Competencies document is the concept of leadership (ASCA, 2012b; Shillingford & Lambie, 2010).  Experts working on the Transforming School Counseling Initiative (TSCI) contended that effective leadership is the hallmark of a school counselor who works collaboratively with various stakeholders to close the achievement gap while ensuring all students succeed (Shillingford & Lambie, 2010; Steen & Rudd, 2009; Trolley, 2011).  

This seminar is designed to facilitate leadership and advocacy development. It explores leadership styles and advocacy models to help counselor candidates understand and prepare for future leadership roles within the context of the K-12 school setting.  Candidates will gain critical knowledge of qualities, principles, skills and styles of effective leadership and an understanding of the important role of the school counselor as a systems change agent as it relates to child advocacy and social justice work.

Prerequisite(s): MED 6102, MEC 6511, MEC 6400, MEC 6402, MEC 6607, MEC 7213, MEC 7502, MEC 7503, MEC 7701, MEC 7500, MEC 7501, MEC 7202, passing scores on Praxis II (#5421), all clearances and at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.