Graduate Academic Learning Compacts

Year: 2007-2008
College: Education and Human Services
Department: Ldrship, Sch Counsel, Spt Mgmt
Major: Counselor Education
Concentration: School Counseling

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Supporter's of Academic Rigor (SOAR) Master's Program in School Counseling is to prepare students to meet the academic, emotional, psychological, and social needs of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. Special emphasis is placed upon the knowledge bases and field experiences that prepare school counselors to contextualize their counseling competencies in cultural, family, and community settings where low-income and minority students have been least well served historically by public and private schools. Central to this mission is an emphasis upon closing the achievement gap traditionally existing between low-income students and their more advantaged peers.
Student Learning Outcomes:

    
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Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and report student and school data in order to develop effective interventions.



    
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Demonstrate skill in ethical decision-making grounded in thorough knowledge of professional codes of ethics and laws pertaining to schools and school counseling.



    
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Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.



    
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Demonstrate the ability to provide career and academic counseling that is grounded in theory and best practice.



    
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Demonstrate knowledge and application of selected counseling theories most pertinent to school settings.



    
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Demonstrate the ability to provide collaborative leadership within school settings.


Curriculum Map:

Assessment Approaches:

Candidates document their career and academic advising skills through their internship logs. Faculty will also evaluate these activities through observation. Candidates formally present their findings orally to the faculty and in written form. Additionally, written responses, class discussions, and PowerPoint presentations are evaluated by the faculty to assess the candidate's achievement of sound ethical reasoning ability. A rubric is used to determine student's mastery of the knowledge base on a capstone thought paper.