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If you are a candidates for the master’s degree, pay particular attention to proper sequencing of courses for the appropriate Program of Study. By doing so, you will complete prerequisites for advanced courses and secure the maximum potential learning in your overall program.

A quality degree program is not an accumulation of credit hours, but it is a carefully developed sequence of educational activities and experiences designed to help you achieve the specified objectives of the program. Thus, it is extremely important to properly sequence your program. You should complete the first level courses prior to advancing to the second level courses and so forth, as indicated on the sequencing sheet. Some courses require prerequisites and these are necessary in order for candidates to satisfactorily perform in the specified courses. You must be advanced to candidacy prior to taking the comprehensive examination.

It is vitally important to secure a faculty advisor and plan your program of study at the earliest possible moment after initial enrollment. Prior to registering for any course, you must get the approval of your advisor. This step will ensure maximum flexibility in arriving at your educational goal and avoiding the possibility of loss of credits because they could not be fitted into degree requirements.

COUN 702 Introduction to School Counseling (3)
An introduction to the historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological bases of the field of school counseling. Role and function of the school counselor, issues in education, community resources, social systems which impact academic achievement, and professional issues are reviewed. A foundation for understanding various interventions, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, appraisal, and coordination of counseling services.
EDUC 706 Introduction to Research (3)
This course is designed to provide the graduate student with an understanding of the various kinds of behavioral research and to develop an understanding of various research designs appropriate to behavioral sciences. Use of basic statistical techniques appropriate to these designs is included.
EDUC 507 Human Growth and Development (Advanced) (3)
This course places emphasis on the study of the characteristics of human growth at each stage of development. Special emphasis will be placed on counseling in various settings, including schools. Instruction and practice in the writing of a case study report is also given.
COUN 608 Career Counseling and Development (3)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of career development as it impacts individuals throughout the life span. A basic assumption of the course is that understanding the adjustment of individuals is highly dependent upon understanding the choices they make throughout their lives. Emphasis is placed on career and vocational choice theories, counseling delivery systems, career information, and social and psychological factors in career decision-making. Formal and informal occupational classification systems are covered. A great deal of emphasis is placed on practical applications of career theory to school counseling, individual counseling, group guidance, job search and placement, and career adjustment.
COUN 610 Appraisal, Assessment, and Evaluation (3)
This course explores the basic concepts of quantifying behavior including validity, reliability, norms, and methods of expressing test scores statistically. The course emphasizes standardized and non-standardized instruments, methods of communicating test results, and planning the school and non-school testing program. Practice in test interpretation is provided.
COUN 731 Group Counseling (3)
The primary objective of this course is to acquaint students with important skills that are considered to be prerequisites for effective group counseling as well as working with other kinds of groups, both in schools and in community mental health. These skills include the basics of group dynamics and an introduction to the laboratory training method of working with groups.
COUN 732 Family Counseling (3)
This course provides an opportunity for students interested in counseling and mental health to study basic theories and application for the principles of family counseling. By using various theories, students will learn how the application of family theories is used in developing a holistic understanding of the dynamics of a family. Through an in-depth comprehension of family behavior, students will use various family counseling theories demonstrating their skill development in counseling families.
COUN 633 Multicultural Counseling (3)
This course is designed to develop appropriate skills, competencies, and knowledge bases and to examine the beliefs of counselors working with people across cultures. The course focuses on researching, reading, and developing an understanding of cultures, customs, languages, traditions, religions, and spiritualities of people across cultures. Emphasis is given to the understanding of counseling students and individuals in a very diverse world.
COUN 836 Practicum in Guidance and Counseling (3)
This course emphasizes practical counseling with supervised experience in school guidance programs, the role of the teacher and/or administrator of community services in the guidance program, and consideration of the problems and issues in consultation and in the counseling relationship.
COUN 837 Internship in Guidance and Counseling (3)
This course continues to develop skills and places in-depth emphasis on practical counseling with supervised experience in school guidance programs, the role of the teacher and/or administrator of community services in the guidance program, and consideration of the problems and issues in consultation and in the counseling relationship.
COUN 840 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
This course addresses the specific developmental stages, needs, and problems of children and adolescents in school and in the community at large. Techniques for counseling these groups will be illustrated through demonstrations and personal growth and development activities.
COUN 743 Marital Counseling (3)
This course will be divided into a didactic section and an applied section. In the didactic section, the historical, social-cultural, psychological, and biological aspects of the marital relationship will be explored. In the applied section, volunteer couples will be used as co-educators to illustrate counseling techniques and educative strategies.
COUN 861 Seminar in Guidance and Counseling (3)
This course is designed to give the student guidance and practice in the preparation and writing of a professional paper in the area of guidance and counseling. The course will focus attention on a review of relevant literature on current trends, issues, and problems with presentations and class discussions.
COUN 762 Drug and Alcohol Counseling (3)
Students will develop skills in the application of counseling techniques that are used with individuals of all ages who abuse drugs and alcohol. The importance of philosophical assumptions about “drug abusers” will be examined; students will examine their own philosophies of counseling individuals who abuse drugs. Basic counseling techniques will be demonstrated, and students will participate in exercises and case consultations to develop their own skills.
PSYC 502 Principles and Philosophy of Counseling (3)
Historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological bases of counseling in different settings (school, agency, and community) and with different populations will be explored. Intervention strategies, theoretical models, working contexts, consultation, relationships to other professions, ethics, obstacles to service delivery, and personal qualities of counselors are reviewed.
PSYC 603 Mental Hygiene in Young Children and Youth (3)
This course is designed as an integrated study of the interaction of human behavior, learning, and the environment. Emphasis is placed on the symptoms, causes, and mediation of deviant behavior among children, adolescents, and young persons. Trends and practices in community mental health are studied. Instruction in the writing of a case study report is also given.
PSYC 511 Understanding the Critical Adult Life Stages (3)
This course is designed to focus on the typical problems faced by adults at the various stages of early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood. Emphasis is placed on theories, perspectives and research on problems of adult development, and strategies for counseling clients at the various stages of adult development.
PSYC 714 Clinical Assessment in Counseling and Psychotherapy (DSM-IV-TR) (3)
This course integrates various assessment methodologies for a comprehensive process of assessment. The purposes, techniques, and process of clinical assessment will be explored. Techniques for understanding of non-verbal, verbal, and interpersonal transactions, including the recapitulation of the family structure and dynamics, are examined. Students are introduced to situational assessment, psychological inference, and report writing.
PSYC 734 Counseling Theory and Practice (3)
In this course, several of the major approaches to counseling will be examined. The theoretical bases and major concepts of these approaches, as well as the process of counseling proposed by the advocates of different schools, will be studied. The theories studied will include client-centered, Gestalt, Behaviorist, and Adlerian.
PSYC 836 Practicum in Counseling Psychology I (3)
This course places emphasis on practical counseling with supervised experience in community and/or agency programs. The role of the administrator of community counseling services is considered. Problems and issues in consultation and in counseling are examined.
PSYC 858 Internship in Counseling Psychology (3)
This course continues to develop skills and places in-depth emphasis on practical counseling with supervised experience in community and/or agency programs. The role of the administrator of community counseling services is considered. Problems and issues in consultation and in counseling are examined.
PSYC 861 Seminar in Counseling Psychology (3)
This course is designed to give the student guidance and practice in the preparation and writing of a professional paper in the area of counseling psychology. The course will focus attention on a review of relevant literature on current trends, issues and problems with presentations and class discussions.
PSYC 775 Psychopharmacology (3)
This course is designed for non-medical psychotherapists and counselors. Students will be presented an overview of the current therapeutic use of psychotropic drugs. A neuroanatomy, a survey on current research on neurotransmitters, and a review of pharmacological terminology will be given. Specific drugs to be considered include the narcotic analgesics, the sedative hypnotics, stimulants, neuroleptic, anxiolytics, antidepressants, and lithium.
PSYC 780 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Therapy (3)
This course is designed to provide the helping professional with the knowledge of the major ethical and legal issues in counseling, school counseling and psychotherapy today. Students will be exposed to such topics as ethical theory, laws and court decisions, incompetence, malpractice, licensure and certification, privileged communications, DSM-IV and Family Therapy, legal liabilities affecting psychologists, and legal obligations of psychotherapists. Ethical standards for individual practitioners will be examined in detail. Participants will be involved in case research, group discussions, group reports, and individual presentations of ethical and legal issues in the field of counseling, school counseling and psychotherapy.
PSYC 806 Advanced Internship (3)
This course builds on the experiences gained from the prerequisites courses and has a similar structure to those classes.
PSYC 710 Psychometric Testing I (Intelligence Testing) (3)
The course emphasizes the administration, scoring, and interpretation of infant, child, and adult intelligence tests, emphasizing the Stanford-Binet, WPPSI, WISC-IV, and WAIS-III. Included will be a survey of the development of IQ tests, theories of intelligence and current trends and developments in intellectual assessment.
PSYC 711 Psychometric Testing II (Projective Testing) (3)
The course will introduce and emphasize the basic administration, scoring, and interpretation of major projective child, adolescent, and adult tests such as the Rorschach Inkblot Test, the Thematic Apperception Test, the Children’s Apperception Test, Draw a Person-Tree-House, Three Wishes, Guess Why Game, Bender-Gestalt Test of Visual Perception (Projective and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory). Included will be a survey of the development of projective tests, underlying theories associated with them, and current trends and developments in projective assessment.
SPED 511 Special Education Perspective (3)
Students examine the historical development, philosophies, research, legislation, and current difficulties that have emerged relative to the education of exceptional children. The characteristics of children with disabilities and the principles of effective instruction, management, and intervention are addressed as they apply to special education. Family empowerment concepts are explored relative to the diversity of our schools and communities. Professional, community, and parent organizations; local, state, and federal agencies dealing with exceptional children are also identified.