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School Counseling Practicum I

This course is a stand-alone course and cannot be taken simultaneously with any other courses. The course is the first in the student’s fieldwork for the state of Texas requirement. Application and contract completion, mentor counselor goals and scheduling are part of the student becoming organized during the field experience. Students are prepared for fieldwork through practice of counseling techniques, case studies, and counseling theory practice. Fifty actual clock hours of counseling experience are expected for completion during this course. Students develop and demonstrate 5-stage child/family-centered counseling skills to be utilized in school settings. Students demonstrate skills in provision of a classroom SEL guidance lesson during field experience.

PREREQUISITE: Prior to enrollment in School Counseling Practicum I, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. All coursework completed (except for Practicum courses)
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Be in good academic standing
  4. Must have passed TExES exam

Note: The application, contract, and other required documents must be presented to the instructor of CSL6870 during the first class meeting. Failure to do so will result in the student being administratively dropped from the course.


  • Demonstrating goal setting, organization, and scheduling of fieldwork hours.
  • Applying research tools to obtain knowledge and skill related to human development, counseling services, and professional leadership for becoming a school counselor.
  • Obtaining opportunities to demonstrate professional school counselor leadership skills during fieldwork.
  • Stating relevant, measurable counseling goals.
  • Developing solutions to selected counseling problems: academic, career and/or vocational, or social and developmental.
  • Applying critical thinking skills to the critique of counseling approaches to specific cases involving learners and their families.
  • Analyzing case conceptualization from vignettes in school counseling.
  • Explaining the implications of emerging standards that are being advanced by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification, the American School Counseling Association, and the Texas School Counseling Association.
  • Demonstrating readiness for Practicum in School Counseling by completing the official Amberton Practicum Application Packet.
  • Selecting and demonstrating techniques of a chosen counseling theory.
  • Evaluating the need for educational, behavioral, and emotional intervention.
  • Presenting case consultation with alternatives and solutions in an educational and community environment.
  • Stating positive and negative experiences in field experience.
  • Applying the use of planning and implementing of goals in field experience.
  • Demonstrating the ability to apply 5-stage counseling skills and micro-skills in school settings with children, adolescents, and parents.


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