Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


School counselor education, authentic learning, needs assessment, ASCA domains

Subject Area

Counseling, Counselor Education, School Counseling


Although school counselor educators are tasked with preparing effective school counselors, they are continually presented with the challenge of creating authentic learning experiences that enhance the development of counselors in training. This descriptive-interpretive qualitative study describes the knowledge gained by counselors in training while creating, implementing, and analyzing an authentic learning experience within a master’s counselor education course. Data for this study included needs assessments completed by participants, and findings were summarized in four major themes. The themes included participants' awareness of the relevance of needs assessments, sources of knowledge utilized in survey design, school sites as stress and validation, and transferability of theory to practice. Implications for school counselor educators and future research conclude the article.



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