- Published on Monday, 07 October 2013 19:33
UTEP and Fort Bliss announce their partnership on a new internship program geared towards students working on their master’s degree in school counseling.
“This is another opportunity for UTEP to work in support of our military and Fort Bliss,” said Vice Provost Michael Smith, Ph.D. “It is part of the longstanding partnership that we have with Fort Bliss that goes back 100 years.”
“The partnership between The University of Texas at El Paso and Fort Bliss is strong and mutually beneficial. The internship program between the UTEP College of Education and the Fort Bliss Garrison education center is just one example that highlights the ongoing efforts being made to provide educational opportunities for our soldiers, family members, and veterans as well as UTEP faculty and students,” said John Kirby, education services officer at Fort Bliss.
The guidance and counseling program at UTEP offers professional training at the master's level designed to prepare future counselors to practice in a school or community setting, to include private practice. This new partnership enables UTEP students who are pursuing a Master’s of Education in Guidance and Counseling an opportunity to meet their graduation practicum requirements at Fort Bliss’ Education Center. Students receive hands-on experience under the guidance of a Fort Bliss education counselor, while the Education Center receives additional manpower as well as the opportunity to coach and mentor future education counselors.
“The Education Center is also hopeful that this program will help grow the next generation of Army education counselors,” said Kirby.
UTEP’s Master of Education with a focus in school counseling prepares students to become elementary or secondary school counselors. Students become familiar with school counseling and guidance services and develop the competencies required of guidance and counseling specialists in the schools. This program meets Texas specifications for school counselor certification and the academic requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.