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 2017, 20 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:

2014 UNC-CH Grads 2014 All 2015 UNC-CH Grads 2015 All 2016 UNC-CH Grads 2016 All
Number of Examinees: 16 2,724 23 3196 25 2753
Highest Observed Score: 188 194 190 194 189 195
Lowest Observed Score: 172 123 168 122 169 119
Median Score: 184 169 180 169 185.5 170
Average Performance Range: 179-186 162-176 177-185 162-176 184-187 162-177

* = 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:

2014 UNC-CH Grads 2014 NC 2014 National 2015 UNC-CH Grads 2015 NC 2015 National 2016 UNC-CH Grads 2016 NC 2016 National
Foundations 88% 82% 78% 84% 80% 78% 89% 81% 79%
Delivery Systems 88% 81% 77% 84% 78% 76% 90% 80% 77%
Management 85% 76% 70% 87% 76% 74% 85% 76% 74%
Accountability 87% 78% 73% 86% 73% 71% 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 %
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
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 2017 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 3.86
Diversity and Advocacy 3.86
Academic Development 3.71
Leadership 3.57
Counseling, Prevention and Intervention 3.81
Collaboration 4.0
Assessment 3.71
Research and Evaluation 3.54

Notable comments from 2016 employer surveys about the strengths of UNC-CH graduates include:

  • “We could not ask for someone more student-centered and growth focused. She is an asset to our administrative team.”
  • “You all are doing an excellent job! Thank you.”

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
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 3.82
Diversity and Advocacy 3.83
Academic Development 3.18
Leadership 3.53
Counseling, Prevention and Intervention 3.43
Collaboration 3.29
Assessment 2.94
Research and Evaluation 3.21

In addition, the Class of 2016 Alumni surveys provided the following written comments on the strengths of UNC-CH’s School Counseling Program:

  • “The cohort model and quality of professors shine above other programs. The condensed program length is also a plus.”
  • “The way this program is set us provide students the ability to immediately practice what they learn in a supervised and supportive school setting whether that be groups, individual counseling, career interventions, etc. In addition, the rigor of this program sets high expectations for the work school counselors must accomplish in the school. Even in 14 months, we are able to practice and provide interventions that it takes years for other school counselors to develop. Thus, in our first year, we have the skills needed to immediately provide school wide interventions to meet the needs of our students.”
  • “Excellent core faculty with a variety of experience and expertise. Very well planned and relevant classes and assignments. Frequent opportunities for practical application.”

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
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 3.62
Diversity and Advocacy 3.5
Academic Development 3.23
Leadership 3.23
Counseling, Prevention and Intervention 3.38
Collaboration 3.0
Assessment 3.0
Research and Evaluation 3.16

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

  • “The program provides great assistance and overall supervision with students on site.”
  • “Comprehensive program; highly skilled, experienced professors; extensive internship experience.”
  • The program offers “clear and concise understanding of the school counseling job and all it encompasses; adequate training on dealing with a variety of students and the issues presented, including parental involvement.”

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
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 3.40
Diversity and Advocacy 3.23
Academic Development 3.0
Leadership 3.0
Counseling, Prevention and Intervention 3.08
Collaboration 2.95
Assessment 2.80
Research and Evaluation 3.03

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

  • “It's 14 months; Quality instruction from professors; access to GREAT resources at UNC; every class is related to school counseling; program staff is very responsive to internship needs; provides opportunities for student leadership”
  • “A strength of the program is that it is done in 14 months and that it uses the cohort model. I would not have made it through without them! The faculty as well as adjunct faculty were knowledgeable and passionate about the topics that they taught.”
  • “ASCA and strengths based focus, cohort model, professor support”