Program Information

The School Counselor is at the heart of our program.

The SchoolCounseling@Denver program has a singular focus – what it means to be a school counselor. Students will experience a curriculum where readings, assignments, discussions, and assessments are relevant to the work of a school counselor and classes are filled with other aspiring school counselors.

The SchoolCounseling@Denver program’s mission is to develop the next generation of school counselors to become agents of change, embracing a holistic approach to meeting the academic, career, and social/ emotional needs of students from diverse backgrounds within the P-12 school system(s) and across the communities in which they serve.

Core faculty, all graduates of CACREP accredited programs, grounded the SchoolCounseling@Denver curriculum in the following learning objectives, adopted from the 2016 Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards:

  • Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice – Students will be able to articulate the elements related to professional identity including; the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, the value of professional organizations, the need for legal and ethical practice, and advocating for the profession and clients that are served.
  • Social and Cultural Diversity– Students will demonstrate multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for competency in working with a diverse population.
  • Human Growth and Development– Students are able to demonstrate an understanding of development across the lifespan and the impact on normal and abnormal functioning.
  • Career Development– Students are able to utilize career development theory in the development of individualized and developmentally appropriate career development activities and interventions.
  • Counseling and Helping Relationships– Students are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to engage in an effective and therapeutic helping relationship.
  • Group Counseling and Group Work– Students demonstrate competency in preparing and facilitation of group counseling.
  • Assessment and Treatment Planning– Students demonstrate the ability to identify effective assessment strategies in order to facilitate treatment planning.
  • Research and Program Evaluation– Students will demonstrate an understanding of research methods to inform evidence-based practice.
  • School Counseling Focus– Students will demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply the foundations, contextual dimensions, and practice of school counseling as a specialty area.
Why Study at DU?

There are many reasons to study at the Morgridge College of Education…

  • Our job placement rate for graduating students is outstanding.
  • Our programs are exceptional and nationally recognized.
  • Our faculty serve in a multitude of leadership positions within professional organizations and on editorial boards, and are nationally recognized scholars.

Department Chair
Dr. Ruth Chao
303-871-2556, KRH 261

Lead Faculty
Dr. Stacy Pinto
303-871-2832, KRH 258

Academic Services Associate
Vanessa McWhirt
303-871-3590, KRH 240D


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