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School Counseling Licensure Program

School Counseling Program of Study (50 credit hours)

44 hours required core courses + 6 hours electives = 50 hours

The school counseling concentration is designed to prepare graduates for school counseling positions at elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels. Graduates will meet the current licensing requirements for the Tennessee Board of Education. The curriculum requirements include coursework, a 600-hour internship, school observation hours for those who have not taught, and a comprehensive examination.

  Required Core (42 - 44 hours):

Elective Options (choose 6 hours minimum):

Total: 48-50 Hours

*Recommended as electives if completing a dual track program and licensure requirements for mental health counseling.

**Successful completion of a comprehensive exam is also required

***Students choosing to complete a thesis should refer to the section on Research Involving Humans and Animals below

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

The Education Specialist program is designed to permit students to achieve a degree level higher than the master's. The major is Education with concentrations available in Administration and Supervision, School Counseling, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education.  The Psychology department offers one concentration, School Counseling, under the Educational Specialist Programs of Study.

The School Counseling concentration consists of 32 to 33 hours of course work beyond the master's degree.

Required Core (18 - 19 hours):







School Counseling Concentration Requirements (32 hours):




Possible changes in Tennessee certification requirements or accreditation may significantly alter this program of study. Please consult with the Coordinator of School Counseling (Dr. Deborah Buchanan) for current information.

Ed.S. Field Study Report

The student must complete a minimum of 30 hours beyond a master’s degree, including a three hour field study. A field study proposal must be approved by the student’s graduate committee chair and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The penultimate draft of the field study report must be approved by the student’s graduate committee chair and be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies no later than two weeks prior to the end of the semester in which the student expects to complete degree requirements. All final field study reports must be approved by the graduate dean. It is the student’s responsibility to duplicate four copies of the field study report. Information regarding the duplication and binding of field study reports is available in the College of Graduate Studies office (http://www.apsu.edu/cogs).

Research Involving Humans and Animals

All research concerned with human subjects must be approved by the Austin Peay Institutional Review Board. Most departments with graduate programs have representatives on this review board. Forms for submitting human research proposals and guidance in their preparation are available in the College of Graduate Studies, located in Room 203, of Kimbrough Hall and may be obtained from the web site. All research involving animals must be approved by the University Animal Care and Use Committee. Departments that conduct animal research are represented on this committee. Forms for submitting animal research proposals and guidance in their preparation are available in the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, located in Room 06 of the Browning Building.

Several procedural steps are required for the completion of theses, field study reports, and dissertations. The goal of using the following steps is to facilitate a smooth progression throughout the study and writing process. Detailed information and forms are available in the College of Graduate Studies and online http://www.apsu.edu/cogs/forms .

Steps in Completing the Paper

  1. Select topic for paper with Committee Chair.
  2. Complete IRB application for conducting research involving human subjects with Committee Chair.
  3. Register for Thesis/Field Study/Dissertation course and enroll continuously until the manuscript is approved by the graduate school.
  4. Develop proposal with committee.
  5. After proposal is approved by committee, collect data and analyze.
  6. Provide draft copy of completed study to committee for review.
  7. Once approval is given from committee, schedule oral defense of study.
  8. After successful defense of study, make any needed corrections/edits, provide a minimum of four copies on watermark paper to the graduate school, and pay fees.

Content Area Matrix

Program Implementation Standards

Sample Transitional Letter For School Counseling


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