The Professional Counselor
School counselors’ job roles and preferences reportedly vary by educational level (i.e., elementary, middle and high school); however, several organizations, such as the American School Counselor Association, conceptualize and recommend school counseling practice and preparation through a K–12 lens. Little is known about how or if school counseling faculty members vary their preparation for specific educational levels. In this article, we discuss a national, mixed methods study of school counseling faculty (N = 132) experiences and perceptions regarding school counselor preparation for the elementary level. We focused on elementary school counselors due to their unique roles. Findings included faculty’s varied experiences and perceptions of differentiation, prioritizing a K–12 preparation focus, and several external factors driving their preparation such as state licensure and mandates, school counseling job opportunities, and student enrollment, motivation and interest in elementary school counseling.
Original Publication Citation
Goodman-Scott, E., Watkinson, J. S., Martin, I., & Biles, K. (2016). School counseling faculty perceptions and experiences preparing elementary school counselors. Professional Counselor. 6(4), 303-317. doi: 10.15241/egs.6.4.303
Goodman-Scott, Emily; Watkinson, Jennifer S.; Martin, Ian; and Biles, Kathy, "School Counseling Faculty Perceptions and Experiences Preparing Elementary School Counselors" (2016). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 11.