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School Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the School Counseling program is to train Professional School Counselors. Students acquire a foundation in the counseling core and strength in the specialty field courses in program development; consultation and intervention; counseling children and adolescents, and individual and group appraisal. Students become competent in utilizing the Alabama State Department of Education Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Plan that exemplifies national standards. The focus is to educate school counselors, and enable them to address elementary and secondary student's needs in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development. Teaching, scholarship, and service are values demonstrated throughout the program. Self-awareness, intellectual development, and social consciousness are supported and encouraged. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and will seek accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Community Agency Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the Counselor Education Program, Community Counseling Concentration, is to prepare graduate students from northeast Alabama and the surrounding area for success as they move toward
(1) counseling positions in community agencies.
(2) LPC licensure application in Alabama and Georgia.
(3) continued progress toward a terminal degree in Counselor Education.

Qualified and experienced faculty mentor each counselor-in-training, many of whom are first-generation college students. The program is designed to identify, train, and assist candidates who have or gain the skills and dispositions needed to become capable counselors and creative decision makers as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Click Counselor Education Newsletter for Program Information



Jacksonville State University


Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling/School Counseling

Note: (Beginning with the Fall 2013 term, a transition period began, with movement from a Community Counseling to Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. By Summer 2015, all matriculating students will be in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track.)

Last year, including Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013,  there were 29 graduates of Jacksonville State  University’s Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve higher-than-average pass rates on national counseling examinations. The pass rate for graduates taking the NCE examination in 2012 was 60%. Of the admitted students, 92% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 96% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed.

Additionally, last year, including Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013,  there were 12 graduates of Jacksonville State  University’s School Counseling program. Of the admitted students, 90% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 58-60% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed as school counselors. 98% are employed in education.

Approximately 101 students are enrolled in all programs (as of Summer 2013) with approximately 32 women and 8 men graduating each year.  The Department has a goal of accepting 45 new students each year (15 per term) students each year.  Ninety percent of accepted students graduate in the expected time period, two and one half years for full-time students and three and one-half years for part-time students.  Course availability accommodates both part-time and full-time students. 

Since 1997, program graduates seeking school counseling positions have been very successful in doing so. Approximately 20% of the graduates obtain positions in elementary schools, 30% in middle schools, and 50% in high schools. Data on licensure or certification examination pass rates are not provided for this program because our state does not require an examination to obtain a school counseling license.

COMMUNITY COUNSELING/Clinical Mental Health Counseling PROGRAM

Year                Number of Graduates Completion Rate   LPC Exam Pass Rate    Placement Rate*

2013                            29                                92%                      60%                            96%


*represent the percentage of graduates actively seeking employment



Statistic                                               2013                2014                2015                2016

Applicants Accepted                          56%                                                    

                                                      (55 Apps/31 admitted)

Number of New Students

Enrolled                                              31

Total Matriculating                             101

Number of Graduates                         41                   

Completion Rate                                 90%                

NCE Examination Pass Rate              60%                

Praxis Pass Rate                                  98%                

Job Placement Rate                             58%     (School)   92% (CC/CMHC)

Many students in our school counseling program are employed as teachers and decide to stay in their teaching position after graduation. The job placement rate provided above represents only the program graduates who were actively seeking employment as school counselors.

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