School Counselor Masters of Education Program Selection and Admission Criteria

School Counselor Masters of Education Program
Selection and Admission Criteria
The purpose of the selection criteria is to aid the School Counselor Program selection committee in the
identification and selection of students most qualified to begin the course of study toward earning the Master’s
degree in School Counseling.
Admission Requirements
Admission is based upon appropriateness of educational and career goals, available positions in the program,
interpersonal skills and sensitivity, communication ability, and academic potential and performance. Meeting
minimum standards alone does not guarantee admission or retention.
A. Each applicant must satisfy the general criteria for admission to the School of Graduate Studies (which can
be found in the Graduate Studies Application Booklet or the Indiana State University Graduate Catalog).
B. Each applicant must submit a personal statement describing:
1) educational and career goals
2) prior experiences applicable to the program such as volunteer activities and related work
3) an understanding of the role of school counselors
C. Each applicant is required to attend an interview with the selection committee.
Preferred education/employment background
Candidates should have a broadly based educational background in education, counseling, psychology, sociology
and anthropology. Experience in research, teaching or a behavioral science related occupation is helpful.
Preferred personal characteristics
Successful applicants will possess strong achievement motivation, a willingness to work cooperatively with other
professionals and the ability and willingness to grow and adapt as the needs of students change.
Other preferred attributes
Candidates should hold a strong interest in elementary, secondary, and post-high school student achievement, a
willingness to utilize data and a willingness to develop computer related skills.
School Counseling
Cohort Application Check List and Selection and Admission Timeline
 Graduate College Application for Admission ( with $35 Application Fee
 Important: Be sure to put on the application that you are applying to Master of Education School
Counselor Program (8667). You should also apply for admission for Summer I. Students in this
program are considered full time and the program is classified as an on-campus program even thought
courses are delivered in multiple formats.
Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate level coursework to be sent to:
Indiana State University
Graduate Admissions
Welcome Center
318 North Sixth Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809-1904
School Counselor Program Departmental Application (next page) to be uploaded to Graduate Application
Current resume to be uploaded to the Graduate Application
Three letters of reference. You are to submit your letter writer’s email addresses on the Graduate Application. It is
suggested that these letters be from those who know of your:
 Volunteer efforts,
 Related work experiences,
 Academic ability, or
 Willingness to advocate for others.
Personal Statement of 1,000 words or less that describes your:
 Educational and career goals,
 Prior experiences applicable to the program such as volunteer activities and related work experience,
 Qualities that you believe will enable you, as a school counselor, to help all students achieve to high
standards, and
 Understanding of the role of school counselors.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores if you have taken this test. The GRE is NOT required for admission
to the School Counseling Program. (Please note that those students interested in applying for a Graduate
Assistantship may use GRE scores to meet the College of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Assistant eligibility
requirements. If you are interested in an assistantship, please be sure to discuss this with Tonya Balch, School
Counselor Program Assistant Director.)
Indiana State University
Department of Counseling
School Counselor Masters of Education Program
Departmental Application
Please Note: Applications received after February 1st may not be guaranteed
Present Address:
Email Address:
Please Note: Your primary contact with the program will be through email.
Permanent Address (if different from above):
Email Address:
Present Employment Information:
Work Address:
Work Phone:
Please expect reference letters from the following. List name and email
address. References email addresses are to be uploaded to the Graduate