School Counseling

Welcome to the University of Iowa School Counseling Program

The mission of the school counseling program is to enhance the academic, career, social and personal development of all children and adolescents in schools by preparing students with counseling, consulting and coordinating skills, generating knowledge about effective helping strategies and interventions, and leading the profession within the state and the nation.

The School Counseling M.A. program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as meeting national standards for counselor preparation programs and by the State of Iowa as an approved program leading to K-8 and 5-12 school counselor licensure in Iowa. The University of Iowa School Counseling program prepares students to provide individual and small group counseling, classroom guidance, and consulting services to teachers, parents, families and other professionals.

Our School Counseling program has established a tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and service. The program was nationally ranked 14th in 2015-2016 by US News and World Report. It is the first school counseling program in the nation to provide an additional programmatic emphasis on counseling gifted students. In 2007 the program won a regional award for “most innovative counselor education program” (North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision). We are committed to providing students with training experiences that celebrate diversity and increased multicultural sensitivity in counseling practice and comprehensive program design. Please see our  page on Program Outcomes and FAQ for more information about what our graduating students are doing.

The University of Iowa School Counseling program recognizes that school counselors work with students in a variety of ways including: individual and small group counseling, classroom guidance, educational/career planning, and as consultants to teachers, parents, families and other professionals. Students in the school counseling program experience a variety of educational opportunities to learn and practice skills in these areas.

The graduate school experience is one that should reach beyond academic learning. Students will participate in activities that will help them become more aware of themselves in counseling relationships and in relationships with others. It is expected that graduates of the University of Iowa School Counseling program will:

  • be competent professional counselors;
  • be knowledgeable about theory, clinical skills, and school counselor roles and functions;
  • promote counselor accountability and professional credibility; and
  • be psychologically healthy people who use high levels of self-awareness in their work.

Upon completion of an academic program in RCE, students will be evaluated and expected to have awareness, knowledge, and skills in the following areas:

  • current definitions, professional standards, and appropriate professional practices regarding multiculturalism
  • what it means to be a multiculturally competent helping professional
  • integrated feedback into practice and professionalism in interpersonal interactions
  • personal limitations and strengths (that could ultimately support or harm a client/student)
  • a personal plan for future practice in the field regarding multicultural relationships.