Assessment Measures/Tools


Course assignments are evaluated using a scoring rubric. The faculty is at various stages of revising course assignment rubrics to align with specific student learning outcomes based on CACREP and state DPI standards. Data from scoring rubrics provides informative academic results that inform teaching and learning, and clinical skill development.



The Nine Professional Counseling Dispositions are introduced to individuals applying to the program during Admissions. References are asked to complete a disposition assessment for the applicant and faculty conduct disposition assessment for each applicant during the on-campus interviews. Faculty conducts disposition assessments at specific target points throughout students’ program of study.


The Counseling Competencies Scale (CCS) assesses counseling students’ skill development and professional competencies. Additionally, the CCS provides students with direct feedback regarding their counseling skills and professional dispositions (dominant qualities), offering the students practical areas for improvement to support their development as effective and ethical professional counselors-in-training. Revised editions of the scale will be used in PRF COUN 702 Counseling Process, PRF COUN 731 Group Counseling Process, and PRF COUN 794 Counseling Practicum.


With the upgrade of the campus course management system, Desire to Learn (D2L), the department is transitioning from Foliotek to the D2L ePortfolio. The ePortfolio platform will provide a structure for students to upload and organize select artifacts that demonstrate competency in the CACREP Core and Program Standards. School Counseling students will also align artifacts with Wisconsin School Counseling and Pupil Services Standards. The faculty will use a scoring rubric to assess each Portfolio at two target points in students’ program of study: Admission to Candidacy, during 794 Counseling Practicum, and Program Completion, during Internship.


Site supervisors complete a mid-term and end-of-semester evaluation of practicum students and interns throughout the clinical experience. Site evaluations assess primary counseling skills, professional dispositions, and professional behaviors.


The CPCE is an objective test developed by the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE), an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselor (NBCC). The CPCE is a knowledge-based examination that reflects the eight core curriculum areas approved by CACREP (Human Growth and Development, Social and Cultural Foundations, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Career and Lifestyle Development, Appraisal, Research and Program Evaluation, and Professional Orientation and Ethics. The exam (which consists of 160 items with 20 items per CACREP area) is a summative evaluation that measures pertinent and professional knowledge acquired by students during the Counselor Preparation Program.


Praxis II: Subject Area Tests are required for all teaching and pupil services candidates enrolled in Wisconsin educator preparation programs in any subject other than world languages. - See more at:


As an assessment tool, the NCE measures eight core areas of counseling knowledge and skill identified by CACREP: Helping Relationships, Career Development, Assessment, Social and Cultural Diversity, Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice, Group Work, Human Growth and Development, and Research and Program Evaluation. The NCE is also utilized by the Wisconsin licensing and regulatory body (DSPS – Department of Safety and Professional Services), as the exam that applicants must pass as a component of becoming an LPC.


Students preparing to graduate complete the Graduate Student Exit Survey during PRF CNSL 798 Internship II. The survey questions are a combination of scale, open, and closed questions that focus on students’ experience in the program with faculty, peers, and sites, and in their courses.


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