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College of Education - Louisiana Tech University

M.A., Counseling & Guidance

School Counseling

School counselors work at all levels, from elementary through high school, helping students perform better academically and socially, as well as providing assistance as they define their future plans. School counselors often work with students who experience developmental problems. They work with parents, teachers, and organizations to achieve success for all students. Additionally, school counselors may manage substance abuse prevention programs and provide guidance to students experiencing problems at home.

Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling. This degree makes students uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, personal/social, and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating, and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.

Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. Through leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, professional school counselors promote equity and access to a rigorous educational experience for all students. Professional school counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community; they address the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program.


Dr. Latoya Pierce (email: lapierce@latech.edu)

Phone: (318) 257-2874

For more information on school counseling, please visit the website for the American School Counselor Association at http://www.schoolcounselor.org.