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Mission Statement
The mission of the Southern University School Counseling Program is to educate prospective school counselors for the 21st century as advocates and agents of change who are capable of assessing, developing, implementing, and sustaining programs for school counselors that will enable them to help youth become full participants in our diverse society without regard for their distinguishing characteristics.

Vision Statement
The faculty believes that school counselors play an important role in the creation of an educational environment which fosters good behavior and learning opportunities for all children. School counselors are in the unique position to understand the needs of students and their families and to design and coordinate learning experiences to meet those needs. They are accountable for services to students, parents, and teachers and are knowledgeable concerning comprehensive school counseling programs.  We are committed to quality educational opportunities that foster high achievement for all.  The School Counseling Program at Southern University seeks to provide a variety of opportunities in which school counselor candidates gain knowledge and experience in:

  • applying an understanding of educational, political, economic, systemic and psychosocial forces in the development of programs to meet the diverse needs of the individual learner, society, and the community, whether in a rural or urban setting;
  • developing collaborative programs among schools, community, business, industry and government;
  • applying an understanding of the needs of low-income, culturally diverse, and at-risk students and their families in the development of programs and activities designed to "close the achievement gap;" and,
  • applying a global perspective to career and life planning needs of all students and their families.

The curriculum consists of 60 semester hours of academic credit, including 100 clock hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship experiences in a School Setting.  At least 40 clock hours of the clinical experiences in practicum and 240 in internship must involve direct service to individuals and groups in a mental health setting. 


If more information about the Mental Health Counseling program is desired, contact the program Chairperson,

Dr. Harry Albert
Fax (225) 771-3840
or email

The deadline for application to the program is January 15.  Application form and information may be obtained from the Southern University Graduate School, or from