The Curry School Counselor Education Program is chosen by students for many important reasons, but number one is the faculty’s conviction that school counselors are change agents for the public good. That belief is incorporated into every facet of the program and the ways the faculty engages with our students. Students cite faculty commitment as the reason they chose this program over others—and why they feel confident as well-prepared school counselors, and social change agents, upon graduation.
The Curry Impact
The Curry School Counselor Education Program is unique for two important reasons – the exceptionally high student engagement and mentorship of the faculty, and the strong focus of in-school experience.
Here, faculty demonstrates the collective understanding of students as individuals, not just pupils. We prepare students to be empathetic individuals who are also highly trained to be advocates, and emphasize the belief that counselors are change agents for the public good. Students cite this faculty commitment as the number one reason they chose this program over others, and the reason they feel confident as well prepared school counselors, and social change agents, upon graduation.
In addition, the master’s degree incorporates both an in-school practicum the first year, and a full internship during the second year. These opportunities increase the student’s confidence to work independently upon graduation, and provide time to spend with different age groups to help make decisions on career path.
“I am passionate about creating a safe, supportive and positive learning environment for them to grow and realize their full potentials. This program has taught me how to be an advocate for systemic change.”– Heather Ramey, 2017 M.Ed. graduate
Upon graduation, our students have the competency to address individual and systemic barriers to educational achievement and personal development that affect students ages Pre-K–16. They are also proficient in evaluating programmatic interventions. Curry graduates become counselors in public or private elementary, middle and high schools. Some also continue their education to specialize in clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, rehabilitation counseling and career counseling.
The Curry School provides superb career services support to assist with job placement. We have a professional staff that will assist with resume development, interview skills, career fairs and job interviews. We also have an alumni network that is eager to help new graduates network and find positions.
In addition, Virginia offers school counselor license reciprocity with other states, so if you wish to practice in another state it’s easy to transfer your license.
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Curry's M.Ed. program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and approved by the Virginia Department of Education. It is designed to prepare students to become accountable, competent and reflective counselors who promote the academic, career and personal/social development of PK-16 youth.
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Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Counselor Education program area at the Curry School of Education is CACPREP accredited. All master's degree students in counseling are required to take 33 credit hours of core courses in the eight foundational areas as specified by CACREP. In addition to the core courses, students must take 18 credit hours of courses specific to their area of specialization (e.g. School Counseling).
The University of Virginia Counselor Education Program, School Counseling Specialty Area is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through October 31, 2019. The program will comply with CACREP’s policy and standards in order to maintain this accreditation status through that date. Any substantive changes will be made known publicly and reported directly to CACREP.
Professional associations are vital to the productive professional life of counselors. Faculty members expect students to join appropriate associations. Membership dues are usually less for students, and members receive professional newsletters, journals, announcements of professional activities, updates about federal legislation and policies that have an impact on counseling services and on professional counselors, and opportunities to network. In addition, members are offered professional liability insurance at reduced rates.
Application forms for the American Counseling Association (ACA) are available through ACA. ACA also has a number of divisions that focus on specialty areas (e.g., counselor education and supervision, group counseling, mental health, school, assessment, creativity in counseling, spirituality). You may access information about ACA and its divisions at: http://www.counseling.org. You may also contact ACA at 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304-3300; or 1-800-347-6647.
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 27,000 professional school counselors around the globe. http://www.schoolcounselor.org/
The Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) is a state branch of the ACA. Similarly, the Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) is a state branch of the ASCA. These are excellent ways to learn more about our profession and to become involved in issues and activities that can influence the delivery of counseling services in Virginia. You can learn more at www.vcacounselors.org and www.vsca.org.
Other professional associations:
- American College Counseling Association
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
- American Mental Health Counselors Association
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program
- National Board for Certified Counselors
- Virginia Board of Counseling
- Virginia Department of Education - School Counseling and Guidance
- Virginia Department of Education - Licensure Requirements for School Counselors
Counselor Education Program Vital Statistics and Program/Student Outcomes
University of Virginia
Institution Type: Public
Location: Southern Region
School Counseling Program
Minimum Credits: 58
Current Enrollment: 46
School Counseling Program and Student Outcomes
Number of graduates in past year: 20
Program completion rate: 100%
Exam Passing Rates
School Counseling License: No Exam Needed
National Certified Counselor Exam: 100%
Job Placement Rate 100%
Faculty and Student Demographics
Number: 7 full‐time (43% female; 57% male)
57% Ethnic/Racial Minority
Number 46 (91% female; 9% male)
20% Ethnic/Racial Minority
Each year the Counselor Education program collects data from program graduates, employers of graduates, and site supervisors, as well as monitors student learning outcomes. The program faculty review this data and use the findings to inform program modification and curriculum changes with advisement from the Counselor Education Advisory Council. Below please find the links to the annual reports.