Elementary & Secondary
Master of Education
About This Program
The Master of Education in School Counseling is approved by the Delaware Department of Education and contributes to eligibility for Delaware certification as a school counselor. Program competencies are based on standards established by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
The Master of Education in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program prepares school counselor candidates to address the academic, personal/social and career developmental needs of all students in the K-12 school setting. This graduate program is aligned with the philosophy and vision of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model, the ASCA School Counselor Competencies, and the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors. These standards emphasize training in the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program promoting leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change to enhance student achievement and success
The College of Education at Wilmington University reserves the right to change requirements to comply with any licensure/certification or program-approval regulations issued by the Professional Standards Board and/or the Delaware State Department of Education and/or the Delaware Legislature.
The assessment of outcomes involves multiple measures throughout the program. Grades on assignments and for courses are the first level of assessment. Course goals, learning outcomes, assignments and assessments are designed to address program competencies as well as graduation competencies. Other measures may include observation of candidate performance in authentic or simulated settings, surveys, standardized tests, and performance assessments.
The program competencies are the School Counselor Competencies (American School Counselor Association, 2008) and can be accessed in their entirety through the ASCA website: www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/home/SCCompetencies.pdf
The Master of Education in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling was designed to prepare school counselor candidates to meet the eligibility requirements for school counselor certification in the State of Delaware. The curriculum for the program is designed on a three tiered system focusing on various competencies and skills. Level One courses provide content knowledge which establish the foundation for counseling skill development in Level Two courses. Levels One and Two provide the necessary competencies and skills to move to the clinical experience at Level Three.
Counseling candidates have two options at Level Three:
Option A: Non-Certification
Candidates not seeking state certification in school counseling are required to do the following:
- 100 Hours—Candidates who wish not to pursue state certification in school counseling must complete a 100-hour, one semester, six (6) credit practicum. Locations can vary depending on personal interests and career goals.
- Practicum, Non-Certification (MEC 7600)
Option B: Certification
Candidates seeking state certification in school counseling are required to do one of the following:
- 700 Hours—Candidates with no lead teaching experience or professional experience in an elementary or secondary school setting must complete and document a minimum of 700 hours in an approved setting over the course of a full school year. This is the CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs) clinical hour standard for all counseling preparation programs. CACREP is the national standard in the counseling profession.
- 400 Hours—Candidates who are employed in an elementary or secondary school setting with a minimum of three years of experience in the following areas are required to complete 400 hours: School Nurse, Teacher, building-level leaders, Dean of Discipline, Attendance Officer, School Psychologist, Wellness Center Counselor, School Behavior Specialist/Interventionist, School-based Family Crisis Therapist, and Middle School Behavioral Health Consultants. Candidates qualifying for 400 hours can select from two options: complete 400 hours in one semester at one level in a Practicum or complete the 400 hours over two Internships of 200 hours each. The latter option allows for dual certification in both elementary and secondary school counseling in Delaware.
- Practicum (MEC 7781 – Elementary or MEC 7782 – Secondary)
First Semester (200 hours):
Internship I (MEC 8000 –Elementary or MEC 8002 – Secondary)
- Second Semester (200 hours):
Internship II (MEC 8001 – Elementary or MEC 8003 – Secondary)
The school counselor certification process and application is the responsibility of the candidate counselor and is between the applicant and the Delaware Department of Education.
Completion of the degree includes successful completion of the courses within Levels 1 and 2, and depending on the election of Option A or Option B, a clinical that meets the candidates’ professional goals of non-certification or state certification as a school counselor. Twenty one (21) semester credits in counseling theories, human behavior, career theory, school counseling ethics, measurement and accountability, consultation and principles and practices of a comprehensive school counseling program are required. Twelve (12) semester credits in individual counseling, family counseling and group counseling strategies and techniques are required. Depending on the election of Option A or Option B, six (6) or twelve (12) semester credits respectively are necessary to fulfill the clinical requirement for the degree
The clinical portion includes a formal application submitted in Task Stream to the Assistant Chair for approval. The application includes, among other items, a state criminal background check, FBI clearance, child abuse clearance, test scores that meet Delaware standards for initial licensure, and a signed clinical agreement. All degree-seeking candidates in the MEC program are required to demonstrate graduation and program competencies as counselors by engaging in a prescribed variety of related counseling activities. Candidates electing Option B must arrange to practice in either an elementary or secondary school according to the grade level at which they will be seeking state certification. Candidates work under the supervision of a school-based, certified school counselor who is designated as the Cooperating Counselor. In addition, each candidate is assigned a Wilmington University Clinical Faculty Supervisor who is responsible, in conjunction with the cooperating counselor, for monitoring the activities, interactions, and skill development of candidates. The clinical faculty supervisor is expected to act as a mentor and is responsible for final grade designation.
Candidates electing Option A must arrange for alternative clinical placement sites such as a university or non-profit setting, and work under a site supervisor and the assigned University clinical faculty supervisor. The clinical faculty supervisor is expected to act as a mentor and is responsible for final grade designation.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.