Counselor Education Program
Drs. Tommy Turner, Priscilla Wilson, Jerry Kiser, Melanie Wallace and Todd McGahey, Counselor Education faculty
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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation(CAEP), and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), through March 31, 2026.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is to prepare graduate students from northeast Alabama and the surrounding area for success as they move toward: (1) counseling positions in mental health agencies; (2) LPC licensure application in Alabama, Georgia, and beyond; and/or (3) continued progress toward a terminal degree in Counselor Education. The program is designed to identify, train, and assist candidates with the skills and dispositions needed to become capable counselors and creative decision-makers, able to facilitate client growth by utilizing refined communication skills, equipped to creatively and appropriately apply therapeutic techniques, consistently employ ethical practice in keeping with the Code of Ethics and Standards of practice endorsed by the counseling profession, and exhibit multicultural competence and respect for diversity. Teaching, scholarship and service are values demonstrated throughout the program. Self-awareness, intellectual development and social consciousness are supported and encouraged. The program has sought and been awarded transfer of accreditation of the Community Agency program to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This transition was awarded in January 2016. The program is accredited through March 31, 2026.
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.
Counseling Programs / Student Outcomes
Jacksonville State University
Clinical Mental Health Counseling/School Counseling
The CMHC Program and School Counseling Program are accredited through March 2021.
Last year, including Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019, there were 5 graduates of Jacksonville State University’s 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 2018 was approximately 85%. Of the admitted students, 95% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 98% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed.
Additionally, last year, including Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Spring 2019, there were 14 graduates of Jacksonville State University’s School Counseling program. Of the admitted students, 85% graduate from the program in the expected time period, and 95% of those program graduates responding to surveys who are actively seeking jobs are employed as school counselors. Ninety-five percent of all school counseling graduates that employment information is available for are employed in education. One hundred percent of School Counseling graduates passed the Praxis on the first attempt.
Approximately 99 students are enrolled in both CACREP-accredited programs (at end of Summer 2019) with approximately 83% of students being women and 16% being men. The Department has a goal of accepting at least 30 new students each year (an average of 10 per term). Approximately 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. The programs are delivered in a traditional face-to-face format, with some online content.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Year Number of Graduates Completion Rate LPC Exam Pass Rate Placement Rate*
2014 16 90% 73% 87.5%
2015 17 90% 78% 90%
2016 9 85% 80% 95%
2017 16 85% 80+% 95%
2018 17 95% 82% 98%
2019 5 95% 85% 98%
*represent the percentage of graduates actively seeking employment
School Counseling Program
Year Number of Graduates Completion Rate Praxis Pass Rate Placement Rate
2014 8 90% 96% 90%
2015 2 90% 100% 90%
2016 8 90% 78% 90%
2017 3 90% 100% 100%
2018 13 95% 100% 85%
2019 14 95% 100% 85%
Testing Requirements for School Counseling Non-Certified (CACREP) Track: (Revised 10/2020)
Prior to registering for ECG 593 (School Counseling Internship I) All students MUST pass the Praxis II/Subject Content Exam: School Counseling. Dates & registration info.
Prior to graduation, students who are in the non-traditional CACREP-option track must pass the National Counselor Exam (NCE). This exam is only offered twice per year (April and October), registration deadlines are far in advance (January and July). Please schedule this exam appropriately so it will not impede your progress through the program. To start the application process, please send the following information to the program testing coordinator, Dr. Jerry Kiser, firstname.lastname@example.org - First and last name, JSU email address, phone number, degree type (MS), degree track (CMHC or School), expected graduation date.
All School Counseling students are required to take the Praxis II for Professional School Counselors Content. In addition, students are required to produce Praxis II exam scores in order to register for ECG 593.
Interested in the School Counseling Program at Jacksonville State University (JSU)? JSU provides numerous programs to further your education. School Counseling would be a great option for you if you are interested in being a professional school counselor.
Click on the link below for an overview of the two routes for school counseling majors. It is located towards the bottom of the page.
Teacher Education Services provides certification advisement for the College of Education and Professional Studies. They will attempt to answer all questions regarding certification. The first link will give you access to their homepage and the second link is Alabama Certification Instructions.
Contact Graduate Studies for information about the application process. It will allow you to be familiar with the process and know what to expect when it is time to apply for the School Counseling Program.