Program Mission, Objectives, and Dispositions

Program Mission

The mission of the school counseling program is to prepare professional school counselors to be systemic change agents and leaders in educational reform. Steeped in the Jesuit tradition, the Loyola school counseling program, its faculty, and its curricular experiences inspire and transform candidates to learn, lead, serve, and advocate for children and youth in a diverse, global society. Within this context, the education of the whole person is paramount; the standards-based curriculum is rigorous; faculty expectations are high; commitment to the community and social justice is valued. Candidates are challenged to understand the ethical dimensions of personal and professional life and to examine their own values, attitudes, and beliefs as they prepare to create, implement, and evaluate data driven, comprehensive developmental school counseling programs aligned with national standards, state guidelines, and district curricula.

Program Objectives

Successful completion of the M.Ed. or M.A. in school counseling enables candidates to:

  1. Assume the professional dispositions and identity of a school counselor as described by CACREP, American Counseling Association and American School Counseling Association.
  2. Demonstrate ethical decision-making and cultural sensitivity when constructing interventions and delivering direct and indirect services in schools.
  3. Apply the foundational knowledge and skills related to multicultural counseling.
  4. Conceptualize student needs within a human development framework that considers cultural and ethnic differences.
  5. Apply the theoretical and empirical knowledge to construct college and career development initiatives in P-12 schools.
  6. Demonstrate skills necessary to effectively conduct consultation, individual counseling and small group counseling.
  7. Identify the facilitative factors that strengthen the counseling relationship.
  8. Apply informal/formal assessments to identify student needs, focus interventions, and evaluate interventions within a school setting.
  9. Evaluate research-based interventions.
  10. Explain how to lead and evaluate components of an evidence-based comprehensive school counseling program.
  11. Develop and deliver a responsive, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sensitive school counseling curriculum to all students that includes culturally responsive classroom management strategies and lesson plan writing.
  12. Explain how to lead and advocate on behalf of the profession, all students, and especially underrepresented student populations.

Program Dispositions

The School Counseling program dispositions are aligned with Loyola's School of Education Conceptual Framework and speak to the professional dispositions expected of professional school counselors.

School of Education (SoE)
Conceptual Framework

School Counseling Program

 1. Possesses broad knowledge  1. Possess broad knowledge of CACREP 8 core content areas.
 2. Creates productive learning environments  2. Utilizes counseling skills to create effective relationships
with students, faculty, administrators, and parents/guardians.
 3. Reflects on practice  3a. Reflects on practice and demonstrates awareness and understanding
of self-beliefs, values, needs, and limitations.
3b. Demonstrates engagement in the learning and development of
counseling skills and practice.
 4. Displays leadership 4a. Displays leadership.
4b. Displays openness to feedback.
4c. Displays emotional stability and self-control.
4d. Displays flexibility, adaptability, and tolerance for ambiguity.
4e. Displays congruence and genuineness .
5. Forms community relationships 5. Forms working relationships with multiple stakeholders in the 
school community that align with professional boundaries of
competence and practice.
 1. Behaves ethically 1. Aligns practice to counseling code of ethics.
 2. Is committed to social justice

2a. Articulates commitment to social justice.
2b. Demonstrates advocacy actions aligned to social justice.

 1. Exemplifies cura personalis  1. Utilizes empathy and perspective taking to guide counseling
interventions that promote student/client well-being.