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School counselor education, social justice, conceptual frameworks, curricular frameworks, achievement/opportunity gaps


Conceptual and curricular frameworks are needed for school counseling education programs seeking to promote social justice in urban settings by eliminating achievement and opportunity gaps that exist for some student groups. Key areas for the application of social justice in school counseling education include: program goals, admission criteria, coursework, cultural diversity, urban experience, community engagement, and service learning. These conceptual and curricular frameworks will assist school counselor educators to infuse social justice in their program’s philosophy and practices. A sample school counselor education program is presented that focuses on developing future counselors’ competencies in urban settings that incorporates social justice throughout integral facets of the curriculum.