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West Virginia Comprehensive School Counseling Programs: Design and Implementation for Active WV School Counselors
Course Description

Course participants will learn the mission, philosophy, ethical guidelines, policies and standards for school counselors in West Virginia. They will develop action plans, calendars, data collection procedures and other components of a model comprehensive school counseling plan and learn how to evaluate a counseling plan.

Course Syllabus

West Virginia Comprehensive School Counseling Programs: Design and Implementation

Catalog Description:

This course will assist counselors in the field with designing comprehensive school counseling programs that are aligned with the WV School Counseling Model and demonstrate comprehension of program development steps and sequence as presented in the ASCA National Model.  This course will provide a basic understanding of the role and function of the school counselor, in relation to: a) the WV School Counselor Performance Standards, b) components of school counseling programs, c) legal and ethical issues in school counseling, and effective evaluation and accountability.  The class format will include use of online resources group discussion, and student portfolio.


**This course is available to WV school counsleors currently employed in any K-12 school setting.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1.      Understand and be able to implement the components of West Virginia School Counseling Model

2.      Understand the primary functions of the school counselor (advocacy, leadership, collaboration, systemic change) and align practices with the WV School Counselor Performance Standards

3.      Understand and demonstrate the use of a decision-making model for dealing with legal and ethical issues related to school counseling based on ASCA Ethical Guidelines, FERPA, WVDE polices and WV State code.

4.      Demonstrate the value of the school counselor performance evaluation for goal setting and continuous growth and development.

Course Requirements:

Participants will complete all activities in each of the six sessions, post course products/activities as requested, and participate in discussions as outline in each session.

Course Products: 

Each participant will develop a COURSE PORTFOLIO, adding items as requested in each session.

Sessions Overview













Session One: School Counseling Program Foundation: In this session participants will learn the importance of a functional vision, mission, and philosophy statements. Additionally, participants will explore the WV student standards and the school counselor performance standards and self-reflect on use of these components.

Session Two: Legal and Ethical Issues -Participants will demonstrate knowledge of ASCA Ethical Guidelines, FERPA, WVDE polices and WV State code.Participants will learn and apply a decision-making model to address legal and ethical issues related to school counseling.

Session Three: Management System -The participants will demonstrate effective and efficient management of the school counseling programthrough the use ofaction plans, calendars, data collection and analysis, management agreements, and an advisory council.

Session Four: Delivery System:The participants will demonstrate an ability to develop, plan, design, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive school counseling program. This includes the guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and student supports.

Session Five: Program Evaluation and Accountability- Participants will demonstrate skills required to evaluate the school counseling program completeness and resulting student outcomes.

Session Six: School Counselor Performance Evaluation– Participants will utilize the WV School Counselor Performance Evaluation to set professional goals and improve professional practices in an effort to continuously improve the school counseling program.



Session Requirements

   a.       Foundation Statements specific to your school (Philosophy, Vision, and   Mission).

   b.      Complete the ‘Foundation’ component of the WV School Counseling Program Audit.

   c.        Completed (ASCA student competencies currently being delivered in your school)

   d.      Work Plan Goal– Improving Alignment with the WV School Counseling Model (Add to School Counseling Work Plan Template).


   e.       ASCA Code of Ethics– Summary of Case Study Decision-making Model

   f.       FERPA Guidelines- Summary of Case Study Decision-making Model


   g.       3 Tier Model Self Reflection – What is in Place?

   h.      3 Tier Model Self Reflection – What I plan to add at each tier?

   i.        Complete the Management Component of the Program Audit.

   j.        Develop annual calendar showing ‘snapshot’ of big programs, themes and initiatives for this school year.

   k.      Begin using electronic calendar to document counselor use of time


   l.        Complete Program Delivery component of the School Counseling Program Audit

   m.    Develop Goal and Action Steps to improve Program Delivery and add to the     school Counseling Work Plan

   n.      Develop lesson plan (using lesson plan template) to address an identified school need.

   o.      Develop a one-month curriculum map outlining curriculum for your student population.


   p.      Complete remaining components of the Program Audit

   q.      Analyze one activity or initiative using your choice of either an accountability model (MEASURE, DATA or SOARING)

   r.        Develop and post a School Counseling Accountability Planfor your program.


   s.       Complete Self-Reflection Formbased on 13 standard element rubrics

   t.        Complete Standard Element Goal Form

   u.      Complete Student Impact Goal Form

   v.      Update Annual School Counseling Work Plan to include: ‘Standard Element Goal” and “Student Impact Goal”

   w.     Completed Evaluation Evidence Form

   x.      50 – 75 word self-reflection about the relevance of the Program Audit to the  WV School Counselor Performance Evaluation

   y.      Upload completed portfolio to Dropbox

Each session has discussion prompts and all participants are required to respond. Participants are required to post your response to the discussion questions as your original message by Sunday evening.

Thoughtfully reply to two of your colleague's discussion forum posts. Your response must directly address the original message and must extend the discussion or add a new idea to the colleague’s original message to which you are responding. Please complete your replies to two colleagues no later than noon on Monday.

Assignments and Discussions

Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory. There is a required orientation quiz and both pre-course and post-course surveys.

Orientation Quiz & Workshop Surveys: Participants must complete an Orientation Quiz with a score of 90% or higher.  In addition, participants are expected to complete both a pre-course and a post-course surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.

Discussion Participation: Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum.  Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.  

Copyright and Plagiarism

All resources referenced during the course will be properly documented. Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities.  All work associated with course projects, course assignments and course discussions will be original to each course participant. Fair use does not apply to the course project. 

Plagiarism, the reproduction of all or any part of another individual’s or organization’s work, by a course participant of work associated with the course project or other course assignments at any point during the course will result in no credit being awarded for the course.


All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion.  A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

Upon successful completion of this course, Rubrics Used for Student Assessment, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed by attachment to the final course project dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.

The grade scheme for this course will be:
C = all work meets the guidelines provided
I = the work submitted is incomplete and/or does not meet the guidelines provided
N = no work has been submitted 

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

**Course participants must be currently employed as a school counselor in West Virginia.