Mission and Objectives for School Counseling

The School Counseling Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the School Counseling program at Kent State University is to prepare research-informed, ethically sound, and multiculturally responsive licensed professional school counselors in K - 12 institutions who are responsible for implementing comprehensive school counseling programs and delivering individual and group counseling within diverse school systems. We seek to deliver the high-quality education required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and to prepare students/graduates to meet the requirements of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to become Licensed School Counselors in K - 12 settings. 


The School Counseling Program Objectives

The objectives of the School Counseling program at Kent State University are to prepare students/graduates to:

  • demonstrate knowledge in assessment, groupwork, career development, helping relationships, human growth and development, social and cultural diversity, research and program evaluation, and professional orientation and ethical practice;
  • meet the academic components required by the Ohio Department of Education to be eligible to sit for the current licensure assessments; 
  • understand legal and ethical standards and practice in a legal and ethical manner (KPI 1);
  • understand and demonstrate multicultural responsiveness (KPI 2);
  • demonstrate a strong counselor identity (KPI 3);
  • demonstrate strong skills in identifying affect, behavior, and cognition that contributes to mental health issues (KPI 4);
  • understand and demonstrate sound counseling skills and techniques within a theoretical framework in both individual and group counseling (KPI 5, KPI 6, KPI 7);
  • demonstrate valuable skills in conceptualizing student success and growth (KPI 8);
  • understand the importance of research in advancing the counseling profession including how to critique research to inform counseling practice (KPI 9);
  • work with crisis, trauma, suicide, and at-risk students (KPI 10); and 
  • design and evaluate school counseling programming (KPI SC 1).