School Counseling, M.Ed.

Program Evaluation

Data collected over the past five years from alumni, employers, and student performance on the Praxis Test (required for state licensure) indicate strong support for the quality of training provided by UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program.

Praxis Test Scores

In 2018, 15 students graduated from the School Counseling program (100% completion rate). All graduates fulfilled requirements for licensure as a K-12 school counselor in North Carolina.

Graduates of the UNC-CH School Counseling Program must take and pass a Praxis exam, the licensing requirement for school counselors in the state of North Carolina. Starting in 2013, graduates of the UNC-CH School Counseling Program took the Professional School Counselor Praxis Exam, which has a score range of 100-200. This is different than in previous years when students took The Praxis School Guidance and Counseling exam, which has a score range of 250-990. Additionally, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides additional data that allows the comparison of UNC-CH graduates to all examinees nationally and to those in North Carolina. The data report indicates:

2018 UNC-CH Grads 2018 All 2017 UNC-CH Grads 2017 All 2016 UNC-CH Grads 2016 All
Number of Examinees: 13 3425 19 3704 25 2753
Highest Observed Score: 191 195 189 194 189 195
Lowest Observed Score: 178 111 179 123 169 119
Median Score: 184 169 185 170 185.5 170
Average Performance Range: 180-185 162-177 183-188 162-177 184-187 162-177

* = All Examinees (Nationally)

ETS also provides information comparing UNC-CH School Counseling students to the North Carolina and national averages in each of the categories of the Professional School Counselor Praxis exam. UNC-CH students outperformed the state and national average, in terms of percent correct:

2018 UNC-CH Grads 2018 NC 2018 National 2017 UNC-CH Grads 2017 NC 2017 National 2016 UNC-CH Grads 2016 NC 2016 National
Foundations 90.77% 82.71% 79.58% 88.95% 83.04% 79.36% 89% 81% 79%
Delivery Systems 81.90% 81.9% 77.7% 87.2% 81.9% 77.73% 90% 80% 77%
Management 90.38% 77.33% 74.54% 90.13% 78.12% 74.27% 85% 76% 74%
Accountability 88.14% 76.04% 72.76% 91.01% 76.86% 72.8% 90% 80% 77%

* = All Examinees (Nationally)

Job Placement

While job placement is highly dependent on how students target/limit their search (e.g., where students choose to live, a particular level to work in), graduates of the program have been highly successful securing jobs in counseling/education after graduation.

Please see below for job placement %s (within three months of graduation) for prior cohorts:

Alumni Class Job Placement %
2018 87%
2017 95%
2016 100%
2015 100%
2014 87%
2013 91.3%
2012 95.2%
2011 100%
2010 91.7%

School Counseling named best job for 2012

Employer Feedback

Employers (schools) hiring our graduates were surveyed on their views on the competence of UNC-CH graduates in their first year of employment.  Employers also rated the competence of UNC-CH graduates using a four-point scale (4=excellent; 3=good; 2=fair; 1=poor).

Employers Mean Score
2018 3.4
2017 4.0
2016 4.0
2015 3.60
2014 3.88
2013 3.86
2012 3.40

Employers of UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program graduates also rated their preparation in key program area standards (CACREP) using a four-point scale (4=excellent; 3=good; 2=fair; 1=poor).

CACREP Mean Score
Foundations 3.50
Diversity and Advocacy 3.71
Academic Development 3.57
Leadership 3.29
Counseling, Prevention and Intervention 3.71
Collaboration 3.29
Assessment 3.50
Research and Evaluation 3.43

Notable comments from 2017 employer surveys about the strengths of UNC-CH graduates include:

  • “Keep up the great work of preparing school counselors!”
  • “(The program graduate) is very well prepared for the counseling role.”;
  • “The academic preparation of UNC counselors is top notch!”

Alumni Feedback

Recent alumni of UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program rated the quality of training they received using a four-point scale (4=excellent; 3=good; 2=fair; 1=poor).

Alumni Class Mean Score
2018 3.22
2017 3.88
2016 3.88
2015 3.59
2014 3.24
2013 3.43
2012 3.79

Recent alumni of UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program also rated their preparation in key program area standards (CACREP) using a four-point scale (4=excellent; 3=good; 2=fair; 1=poor).

CACREP Mean Score
Foundations 3.59
Diversity and Advocacy 3.53
Academic Development 3.11
Leadership 3.33
Counseling, Prevention and Intervention 3.11
Collaboration 3.44
Assessment 2.89
Research and Evaluation 3.06

In addition, the Class of 2017 Alumni surveys provided the following written comments on the strengths of UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program:

  • I love that it is 14 months, with a full year of practicum/internship built into the program.
  • I love the cohort model, and was able to rely on my fellow cohort members for support throughout the stressful parts of the program.
  • I loved that we were able to get some cross level experience.
  • The condensed format means that learning/practice overlap (concurrent internship means a chance to put learning into practice immediately)

Site Supervisor Feedback

The site supervisors working with the UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program rated the quality of training they received using a four-point scale (4=excellent; 3=good; 2=fair; 1=poor).

Site Supervisor Year Mean Score
2017-18 3.50
2016-17 3.38
2015-16 3.5
2014-15 3.59

Recent Site Supervisors of UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program interns also rated student preparation in key program area standards (CACREP) using a four-point scale (4=excellent; 3=good; 2=fair; 1=poor).

CACREP Mean Score
Foundations 3.67
Diversity and Advocacy 3.63
Academic Development 3.58
Leadership 3.50
Counseling, Prevention and Intervention 3.71
Collaboration 3.58
Assessment 3.38
Research and Evaluation 3.34

In addition, the 2017-18 site supervisors survey provided the following written comments on the strengths of UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program:

  • The meaningful projects that the graduate students complete that benefit the school and students they serve. The collaboration between UNC instructors and the counseling department. The skill set the graduate students develop that allows them to support the personal and academic growth of students and prepare them for the college application process.
  • The program really ensures that students in the program are able to find a site and get the training that they need.
  • The length of time, the cohort model, the yearlong internship
  • Knowledgeable and well supported students!
  • The follow up by school supervisors with students and supervisors on intern needs.
  • The requirement to have the School Counseling students be full time and committed to their internship and site are truly beneficial to their success

Current Student Feedback

The current students in UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program rated the quality of training they received using a four-point scale (4=excellent; 3=good; 2=fair; 1=poor).

Student Class Mean Score
2017-18 3.0
2016-17 3.1
2015-16 3.8
2014-15 3.79
2013-14 3.71
2012-13 3.24

Students completing the UNC-CH School Counseling Program internship also rated their preparation in key program area standards (CACREP) using a four-point scale (4=excellent; 3=good; 2=fair; 1=poor).

CACREP Mean Score
Foundations 3.20
Diversity and Advocacy 3.17
Academic Development 3.53
Leadership 3.20
Counseling, Prevention and Intervention 3.33
Collaboration 3.47
Assessment 3.07
Research and Evaluation 3.07

In addition, the 2018 current students survey provided the following written comments on the strengths of UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program:

  • This program gave me a full year in the schools, a quality education on counseling theories, instructors that were readily available for feedback and advice on counseling sessions, and assignments that gave me opportunities to practice critical counseling skills.
  • I loved being at the same site for an entire year and it was helpful being able to receive so much feedback throughout the year regarding various recordings. I love the cohort style and I found every course to be relevant in its' own way to different things I would encounter at internship.
  • This program has prepared me to be a school counselor and I am very thankful for the education I received and the time and effort that was put into molding me to be a counselor, a researcher, and an educator.
  • I feel well prepared to be a school counselor, and am grateful for the opportunity to learn and graduate from the UNC School Counseling Program!