About the Program

We prepare competent professional school counselors to significantly impact diverse individuals in a variety of settings (e.g., K-12) through the implementation of a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program. Our program trains counselors to meet the challenges involved in working in a multiethnic, multicultural and urban school environment.

We provide both educational experiences that emphasize multiculturalism in practice and theory as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth. It is our intent to produce ethical and responsible school counselors who facilitate learning, development and achieve positive change within urban, diverse school settings.

The program objectives of the Counselor Education program at the Florida International University are to prepare competent and ethical mental health and school counselors, who: 

  • Understand, masterand apply subject matter from the following areas: 
    • Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
    • Multicultural and counseling diverse populations (i.e., ethnic, racial, cultural, gender, sexual/affectional, class, age, disability and/or spiritual/religious)  
    • Counseling and helping relationships  
    • Personality and counseling theories and practice 
    • Human development theories 
    • Group theories and practice
    • Assessment and Testing  
    • Research and program evaluation 
    • Career and vocational counseling 
    • School counseling coordination, functions and activities
    • School consultation appropriates and interventions
  • To increase the number of students enrolled in the program. 
  • To increase the number of students that complete the program. 
  • To ensure students will be satisfied with their overall graduate program experience. 

Florida Teacher Certification Examinations

In addition to all curricular coursework requirements, school counseling candidates are required to successfully pass the three FTCE exams below to be cleared for graduation. Study guides are available via Pearson Education's FTCE/FELE website.

It is the student’s responsibility to consult with their advisor as to when to take each of these exams.
Upon passage of any/all FTCE exams, students must provide a copy of their notification to the School Counseling major coordinator.

The School of Education and Human Development offers additional exam prep resources and the support of the school's testing coordinator.

SEHD FTCE Resources 


Students must have completed 30 semester hours and taken the following coursework prior to applying for the FTCE exams: 

  • MHS 5400: Counseling Skills & Techniques 
  • MHS 6700: Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in Counseling 
  • EDP 6277: Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • MHS 6511: Group Counseling 
  • MHS 5340: Educational & Vocational Counseling 

  • MHS 6428: Cross Cultural Counseling 
  • SDS 6411: Counseling Children & Adolescents
  • MHS 6200: Measurement & Appraisal in Counseling 
  • MHS 6802: Personality Theories
  • MHS 6630: Program Evaluation and Research in Counseling & School Psychology