About Us

The Department of Counselor Education within the Lurie College of Education at San José State University is a professional community of faculty, students, and staff engaged in supportive partnerships to serve culturally diverse students at all levels of education and their communities.

  

Mission

The mission of the Department of Counselor Education is to prepare guidance and counseling professionals who will enhance quality and excellence for all students within an increasingly diverse, technologically complex, and global community.

 

Vision

By pursuing scholarly, reflective, and applied inquiry, we aim to promote, enhance, and increase access to a meaningful lifelong education. Faculty, staff, and graduates are compassionate professionals who interact and practice ethically being mindful of our roles and responsibilities in a democratic society. 

 

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

1.  Leadership

1A.  Advocacy skills to support equity and social justice

1B.  Knowledge and skills to support collaborations with multiple stakeholders 

1C.  Knowledge and skills to develop prevention and intervention counseling programs

1D.  Knowledge of ethical practices within the counseling profession

2.  Effective Assessment and Counseling Skills

2A.  Knowledge and skills to assess and counsel individuals

2B.  Knowledge and skills to assess and counsel groups

2C.  Knowledge and skills to conduct education planning and career counseling

2D.  Knowledge and skills to assess and counsel multicultural and special-needs populations  

2E.  Knowledge of counseling services as related to community development

3.  Intercultural Effectiveness

3A.  Knowledge and skills to communicate effectively within a multicultural society

4.  Reflective Thinking

4A.  Ability to analyze the impact of social, cultural, biological, and educational environments on individuals' growth and development

4B.  Ability to critically analyze psychological and counseling theories

4C.  Ability to critically analyze current counseling practices

4D.  Demonstrate a critical approach to scientific inquiry

5.  Lifelong Learning

5A.   Membership and participation in professional organizations
5B.   Demonstrate on-going professional development

 

Department Assessment

The Department of Counselor Education actively involves all stakeholders in the evaluation process. Candidates, faculty, field supervisors, alumni, members of the professional community (through various partnerships), and other advisory consulting members provide constant and continuous input to evaluate and improve the department and its programs. A triangulated assessment system is used to collect feedback from students and other stakeholders. See below.

Department Evaluation Components

Student Competencies Faculty Program

Knowledge

Instruction

Curriculum

Skills

Scholarship

Coordination

Attitudes

 

Management


The evaluation procedure involves gathering, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating data and a decision-making process among students, faculty, and field supervisors. Evaluation data are collected from the following sources:

  • End of course evaluations (SOTE)
  • Annual surveys of program graduates 
  • Institutional program review
  • Faculty promotion, retention, and post-tenure review
  • Faculty review of courses and the PPS credential program 
  • Community and district partners review and provide input through various projects

Data Resources

Utilizing partnership projects to obtain community feedback has been the department’s strategy to improve the quality of its instruction and curriculum. The Counselor Education faculty have developed several partnerships for program improvement. The intensive involvement of advisory consultants who are associated with several critical project partnerships allows for continual and ample formative and summative evaluation. These collaborative efforts have led to fostering the following partnerships:

  • Counselor Education Transformation Partnership 1997-1999
  • School-to-Career school, college, and university partnership 1998-2001
  • GEAR UP Partnership with San Jose Unified School District, 1998-2004
  • GEAR UP Partnership with East San Jose (three school districts), 1999-2014

The department also invites students to provide meaningful and timely feedback based on their learning experience in the department. Every semester a comprehensive program evaluation survey is distributed to the students. Data from the survey are shared and discussed with all faculty at the first semester department meeting for program improvement purposes.

 

GEAR UP

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally-funded program designed to increase the number of students from low-income schools to be prepared to enter and succeed in college.

The San Jose State University GEAR UP Community Achievement Project (1999-2014) was a collaboration between SJSU's Department of Counselor Education, community partners, and local school districts serving low-income students to provide academic preparation and college and financial aid information to students and families to prepare them for high school graduation and college success. 

Objectives

GEAR UP's objectives include:

  1. To increase the academic performance and preparation for post-secondary education for GEAR UP students
  2. To increase the high school graduation and postsecondary college enrollment rates
  3. To increase students’ and families’ knowledge of higher education options and financial aid information 

Partnerships

GEAR UP collaborated with community partners to support schools and parents for student academic success and to build a college-going culture. Our community partners included:

  • After-School All Stars
  • AVID Program
  • California Youth Outreach
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
  • The Role Model Program
  • Cal-SOAP program
  • Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
  • East Side Union High School District
  • Franklin-McKinley School District
  • Pleasant Elementary School District

GEAR UP Project Middle and High Schools included:

2008-2010:

  • Burnett Middle School
  • August Boeger Middle School
  • W. Fair Junior High School
  • Fischer (Clyde L.) Middle School
  • George (Joseph) Middle School
  • Hoover Middle School
  • Mathson (Lee) Middle School
  • Ocala Middle School
  • Pala Middle School
  • Renaissance Middle School
  • Sheppard Middle School
  • Shirakawa Junior High School
  • Sylvandale Middle School
  • Windmill Springs Elementary School

2010-1014

  • Andrew Hill High School
  • Independence High School
  • James Lick High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Pleasant High School
  • Overfelt High School
  • San Jose High School
  • Yerba Buena High School

Services

To achieve GEAR UP's objectives, the project provided the services and activities listed below.

1. To improve academic performance and preparation for college:

  • After school tutoring center
  • Saturday academy
  • Summer school
  • SAT preparation

2. To increase high school graduation and college enrollment:

  • Individual counseling
  • Case management
  • Mentoring

3. To increase students’ and families’ knowledge of college and financial aid:

  • Parent workshops
  • Individual parent meetings
  • College workshops
  • College tours 

Evaluation

The GEAR UP evaluation design included assessing quantifiable outcomes and benchmarks for each year of the GEAR UP Project. These benchmark improvements were included in each GEAR UP student’s Student Achievement Plan, a key tool used by staff and students in tracking the selection of courses and services to meet students' educational needs, enhance their capacity for more accelerated learning, improve their classroom achievement, provide standardized test scores, and assess their ability to meet rigorous college entrance requirements. The methodology utilized in this project included collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to assess the project's impact.

Project Results [PDF]