Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of the stated number of required semester hours for each program, including the requisites listed and all required specialization courses.
  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.00(B) or higher.
  • Passing grade on a final written and/or oral comprehensive examination in a specific area of specialization (except Montessori).
  • Seven years are permitted to complete degree requirements from the date of initial matriculation.
  • Processing of all graduate degrees can only be accomplished through student completion of appropriate University forms and procedures.
  • All requirements for Florida certification, must be achieved before the University recommends the student for master’s level certification, if enrolled in a state-approved program.
  • Successful completion of an Accomplished Practices Portfolio for state-approved programs.


All students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. Any student who receives less than a 3.0 and/or three* C’s in the program is subject to departmental or School action, including dismissal. Failing grades must be replaced by a passing grade in the same course or the student is subject to dismissal. Not maintaining good standing (3.0) may result in probationary action. During the probation, students must meet requirements to be in good standing.

The faculty of the Adrian Dominican School of Education reserves the right of retaining, progressing, and graduating those students who, in its judgment, satisfy the requirements of scholarship and personal suitability.

*four C’s in programs of more than 40 credits


  • Passing of comprehensive examinations.
  • Prior to graduation, School Counseling Specialization students are required to have passed the Basic Skills, Professional Knowledge and Subject Area tests of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE). School Counseling students must also present evidence that they have completed 3 semester hours of teacher education in each of the following: reading/literacy, classroom management, and ESOL. School Counseling students must demonstrate competency in the Florida Accomplished Practices as required by the Florida Department of Education.

All students are expected to uphold personal and professional ethical standards and practices both inside and outside of the classroom. Adherence to such personal and professional ethical standards is an intrinsic and essential component of the professional standards of the counseling field. All students must adhere to the “Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice” of the American Counseling Association.

Professional liability insurance coverage is required during enrollment in the clinical components of the Counseling Program.

The Counseling Program faculty has a responsibility to society and to the profession to matriculate and graduate the best possible counseling professionals. Therefore, the technical standards which follow are required for matriculation and graduation from the Counseling Program:

  • The student must be able to participate in oral demonstrations, presentations, and role-plays of counseling situations and be videotaped for the purposes of developing skills and receiving feedback.
  • Because counseling professionals must be able to respond immediately in counseling and crisis situations, the student must be able to participate in role-plays or other practice simulations as a counselor without advance knowledge of the scenario or preparation of the role-play.
  • The student must be able to conduct a counseling session with real clients under live or videotaped supervision.
  • The student must be able to communicate and interact respectfully and sensitively with clients.
  • The student must be able to communicate effectively in oral and in written form with all referral sources, e.g. court and community agencies.
  • The student must be able to communicate effectively in oral and in written form with all members of a mental health care team.
  • The student must possess the emotional and mental health needed for the full use of one’s intellect, perception, and sound judgment. Such emotional and mental health is required for the efficient completion of all responsibilities related to the diagnosis, treatment, and referral of clients and to the communication with others in the mental health care network.

The faculty in the Counseling Program reserves the right to recommend entry into personal counseling or psychotherapy for assessment and/or treatment as a condition of continuation in the Counseling Program. Graduation from the program is recommended when students are determined by the School of Education to be personally, academically, and clinically ready for entry into the counseling profession.