|Proposal: ||The College of Education’s Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education proposes to establish a Post-Master's Certificate in Supporting Immigrant Students for Professional School Counselors. This program will equip Professional School Counselors with specialized skills to work with students of families who have recently immigrated to the United States. Program activities will focus on (a) helping students and families manage trauma, post-traumatic stress, culture shock, and poverty, as well as (b) promoting students’ health, well-being, English language acquisition, acculturation, academic achievement, and socioemotional growth and development. |
Students are required to take twelve credits to complete the certificate program:
• TLPL788(TBD) Immigration and Education (3 Credits)
• TLPL440 Issues in the Education of English Language Learners (3 Credits)
• EDCP665 Family and Social Support Systems (3 Credits)
• EDCP789(TBD) Immigrant Child Counseling and Consultation (3 Credits)
This program has been developed in conjunction with Prince George’s County Public Schools. From Fiscal Years 2015 to 2022, Prince George's County has been ranked in the top 10 of more than 3000 US counties in per capita "unaccompanied children released to sponsors" (data from the Unaccompanied Children (UC) Program, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), USDHHS)). The County’s educators have observed a widening gap between the increasingly complex needs of its growing population of immigrant students and families, and the Professional School Counselors’ expertise to meet those needs. The program’s participants will be members of the County’s Professional School Counselor staff.
All of the program’s courses already exist. New course sections that are designated for certificate students will be taught in Prince George’s County school facilities or online, and any additional funds needed for salary will be covered by tuition revenue.