Bilingual School Counseling, Advanced Certificate

Major Requirements

Foundation Course Credits:
EDCO 603 Foundations of Bilingual Education and Counseling 3
Candidates will focus on the history, theory, and rational for bilingualism, bilingual education and English as a New Language to teaching and counseling speakers of languages other than English. Candidates consider research on the effectiveness of these methods and use technology to access instructional materials and engage in conversations with Bilingual/ENL student, parents, and school staff members.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
Field Experience Credits:
EDCO 880 Bilingual Field Practicum and Seminar 3
This course is an in-depth counseling course designed to provide supervised practical bilingual school counseling through successful completion of 100 hours of which: 40 hours of observation, coordination, and other indirect services, and 60 hours of direct service to students through individual and group counseling, classroom lessons, and consultation. Candidates will engage in facilitative communication and counseling skills through class exercises, supervised fieldwork, and supervision. Special emphasis will be given to learning skills for social justice and school counseling leadership to promote educational equity and academic achievement for all pre-K-12 students in public schools. Ethical and legal issues relevant to school counseling are also addressed. Practice of counseling skills will also be emphasized in small group and individual experiences during class. In addition, candidates will participate in a growth and training group where students will have the opportunity to explore their professional identity as a bilingual school counselor. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
Core Knowledge and Skills (select three) Credits:
EDCO 650 Social Justice, Diversity, and Cultural Issues 3
Candidates will explore and develop strategies for interacting and working with diverse communities as identified by race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion. Candidates will identify and demonstrate strategies and skills for promoting student success through culturally sensitive advising, consulting and counseling with emphasis on strategies for optimizing academic achievement, bilingual student support, career development and personal success. Methods for positively impacting social, cultural, diversity and equity issues, including the possible effects of culture, race stereotyping, family, socio economic status, gender, sexual identity, language and values on student development and progress in the school setting will be addressed throughout the course. Course content/methodology will emphasize small group activities, collaboration, use of data to create equity for all students, and opportunities to take an active role in supporting all students.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 680 Counseling and Cultural Competence in a Global Society 3
Counselor cultural competency is essential to successfully meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population in the American educational system. Through a mixed methods approach of cultural immersion, readings, class activities, participation in cultural organizations, and forums with cultural and educational leaders, candidates will plan and strategize methods by which school counselors recognize cultural differences, acquire strategies to collaborate with families, and equalize educational experiences for every student within a school setting. Candidates will experience engagement with different cultural groups and seek to broaden their world view and global perspective through these interactions. Candidates will develop contemporary socio cultural viewpoints on student achievement and educational equity and access. Course topics will address cultural differences and counseling theory, ethnicity and race, bi-lingual student support, learning ability and disability, gender influences, immigration and assimilation, student educational aspirations and the influence of school counselor leadership and collaboration.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-3-3
EDCO 683 Multiculturalism and Counseling in a Global Context 3
As communities become more diverse, it is increasingly important for school counselors to acquire the knowledge and skills essential to counseling diverse populations. In a study abroad context, candidates will study racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, and educational population characteristics in an immersion experience. Candidates will explore the broader definition of diversity including gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, ability and disability and developmental influences. Through readings, discussion, and field experiences, school counselor candidates will learn to apply multicultural theories and trends to the populations and cultural groups they serve in schools and communities.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 685 Cultural Mediation 3
Cultural similarities and differences can influence the theory and practice of mediation. Through rigorous analysis, real-time applications, and technology resources, candidates will develop skills in effective facilitative problem-solving mediation that respectfully incorporates the impact of culture and cultural differences on conflict and its resolution. Candidates will engage in an overview of mediation philosophies, approaches, principles, and ethical guidelines which complement counseling and educational program philosophies and interventions. Candidates will focus on developing intercultural competence including acquiring strategies for responding appropriately to people of diverse backgrounds. Course topics will guide participants to explore their personal relationship to conflict, culture, and intervention in order to bridge communication challenges and disputes impacted by cultural considerations.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 710 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3
Candidates are introduced to the theory and practice for the delivery of counseling services to diverse student populations. Candidates will explore their values, biases, preconceived notions, and assumptions about human behavior, understanding of the worldview of culturally diverse clients, comfort with cultural differences, and practice of appropriate, relevant, sensitive, and ethical intervention strategies and skills for working with culturally different/diverse student populations. Counseling and advocacy strategies will be introduced to provide students with a conceptual and practical framework for working with culturally diverse populations in a respectful way.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 9 Credits
Total Program Credits = 15