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Program Faculty: 5

Available for: Graduate

98% of the 2013 program graduating students completed the program in the expected time period.

95% of program graduates who sought employment in the counseling profession are currently employed as professional counselors.

Graduates are employed in school districts across the United States and abroad, including several Florida county school districts:

  • Volusia | Flagler | Lake
  • Seminole | Orange | Brevard
  • Osceola | Polk | Hillsborough | Pasco

We are no longer accepting admission applications to the School Counseling Program.

Why a Counseling Degree from Stetson?

At Stetson, we believe counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, as well as educational and career goals. We know our students are well equipped to be successful school counselors in the field.

Stetson University is a small, private university that values your success. Students go on to not just be successful, but to be students who lead lives of significance — personally and professionally. Graduates move to mid and high-level careers within four to six years of graduation. Our rigorous academic environment produces leaders with a world of opportunities open to them.

The Program Design

The School Counseling program is designed to train individuals who aspire to be outstanding professional counselors and leaders employed in an educational (PK-12) setting. The program incorporates standards within the profession of counseling, as embodied by the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association.

The goal of the program is to educate prospective school counselors for the 21st century as advocates and agents of change. The Counselor Education Program faculty members are active practitioners and researchers who identify with the counseling profession.

While promoting lifelong learning, a comprehensive training program that integrates a core counseling curriculum — coupled with clinical experience and supervised internships — is provided. Students may take the National Counselor Examination within six months of graduation to become a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Graduates are eligible to apply for Florida certification as a school counselor after meeting FLDOE criteria. It is the responsibility of the student to keep abreast of the FLDOE requirements. Program faculty will work with the student to help them remain informed.

Mission of the Counselor Education Program

The mission of the Department of Counselor Education is to educate counseling students — including those from diverse academic, geographic, religious/spiritual, ethnic and cultural backgrounds — preparing them to accept and demonstrate their professional counseling responsibilities with distinction. Students learn to behave ethically, become aware of their personal strengths and resiliency, and practice their professional counseling responsibilities effectively in an effort to apply these skills and self-knowledge to a culturally diverse clientele.


CACREPThe School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation indicates that programs have a rigorous curriculum and provide comprehensive fieldwork supervision.

The regulations for certification/licensure for school counselors in many states is based on the CACREP model, and graduates of CACREP programs are better able to obtain certification/licensure when moving to other states. Some states require that applicants for certification/licensure have graduated from a CACREP accredited program.

Graduates of CACREP programs are able to apply to be a National Certified Counselor (NCC) while in the last semester of study. This can save the graduate two years of post-master's experience.

Accomplished Faculty

Judith A. Burnett, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.S., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
A.B., Brown University

Leila F. Roach, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Central Florida
M.Ed., Vanderbilt University
B.S., University of Tennessee

Page L. Thanasiu, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Central Florida
M.A., University of Central Florida
B.A., University of Central Florida

E. Lamerial McRae, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Central Florida
M.A., University of Central Florida
B.S., University of Central Florida

Courses and Curriculum

View the Stetson University Course Catalog for more information on the curriculum and courses for this academic program.