Why does NACAC’s College Admission Counseling Graduate Coursework SIG exist? Simple:
- School counselors are supposed to have three domains of expertise—social/emotional development, academic planning, and college/career planning
- Surveys show that less than one third of all school counselors report receiving any training in college counseling as part of their graduate school experience.
Think about that for a minute as it relates to the other parts of a school counselor’s job. Would anyone want a counselor talking to their child about depression, stress, bullying, or peer pressure if that counselor had no training dedicated to those topics? How confident would we be in the advice a counselor gives a student on course selection if the counselor had no idea what the school’s graduation requirements are? Yet, year after year, the vast majority of counselor graduate programs send counselors out into schools with no formal, focused training on how to help students make strong college choices.