School Counseling Graduate Program


The Xavier University graduate program in school counseling, consistent with the mission of Xavier University, seeks to prepare individuals to serve as effective professional helpers in diverse K-12 school counseling environments.

The school counseling program is designed to provide graduate training to individuals primarily from the following geographical areas: central and southwestern Ohio, southeast Indiana, and northern Kentucky. Since a majority of students are employed, class and curricular offerings are scheduled in the late afternoon, evenings, and weekends to accommodate student schedules.

Program Objectives

To achieve its mission, Xavier's program in school counseling offers a variety of academic and experiential activities focused upon the following objectives:

  1. Students will identify with the counseling profession in general and actively participate in appropriate professional groups and professional development activities associated with the field.
  2. Students will understand and demonstrate ethical behaviors in all domains with their counseling activities. These ethical behaviors include, but are not limited to: confidentiality, assessment, group work, and consultation.
  3. Students will be able to identify their own personal attitudes and values that might interfere with effective counseling of individuals who are racially and/or culturally different from themselves. Students will demonstrate understandings of competencies and ethical considerations necessary for a culturally skilled counselor.
  4. Students will understand the nature of the helping relationship and illustrate competencies in counseling and consultation activities. Understanding of evidence-based theoretical approaches and techniques will be satisfactorily demonstrated.
  5. Students will understand the nature of Human Growth and Development and the needs of individuals at all development levels. Students will also be able to design and deliver services appropriate to the developmental stages of their clientele.
  6. Students will demonstrate understanding, through academic and experiential activities, the purpose of groups and their development and dynamics. Group work approaches, including various group theories and techniques, will be satisfactorily demonstrated.
  7. Students will understand the nature of career development and related life factors and satisfactorily demonstrate strategies in assisting individuals to address these issues.
  8. Students will understand individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation and demonstrate ethical, sensitive, accurate, and client centered use of assessment and evaluation techniques. Community counseling students will also demonstrate knowledge and appropriate assessments using the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and other clinical assessment inventories and strategies.
  9. Students will demonstrate understanding of research methodology, statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation.
  10. School Counseling Students will understand the roles and responsibilities of the professional school counselor as described by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and will demonstrate knowledge in constructing a comprehensive developmental school counseling program in k-12 settings.

For further information about the M.A. in school counseling, including an application, please complete the web inquiry form. Questions regarding the application process may be e-mailed directly to the office of graduate services at To contact the chair of the Department of Counseling, Dr. Rhonda Norman, e-mail at or call 513-745-3450.