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Master of Education in School Counseling

The School Counseling program requires each student to demonstrate the following:

  • in-depth knowledge of three general theories of counseling and a general knowledge of at least three additional theories;
  • in-depth knowledge of at least three career counseling theories in reference to educational and career development;
  • knowledge of computerized and non-computerized sources of educational and vocational information, offerings of the armed services and special federal and non-federal post-secondary training opportunities;
  • knowledge of commonly used individual and group intelligence tests, interest and personality inventories, aptitude batteries, achievement tests, mental hygiene instruments, and other tests and measurement devices used in education;
  • knowledge and understanding of societal forces and cultural, ethnic, and racial differences as they influence the task of the counselor;
  • knowledge of community referral agencies and facilities;
  • knowlegge of various professional counseling and guidance organizations, including their legal and ethical standards;
  • working knowledge of group counseling and group dynamics;
  • knowledge of human development theory and research, from pre-school to adulthood, that relates to educational, social, psychological, physical, and emotional growth;
  • knowledge of drug use and misuse;
  • knowledge of research methodology and computer-assisted technology in the social sciences;
  • knowledge of methods of curriculum development in public schools; and
  • knowledge of computer-assisted guidance programs.

The School Counseling program requires each student to demonstrate the following skills:

  • respond to verbal and non-verbal behavior of clients to facilitate the process of counseling;
  • identify and assess problems presented by the client and formulate a counseling strategy appropriate to the client’s concerns and needs;
  • appropriately use crisis intervention strategies;
  • engage in parent consultation with a sensitivity to parental concerns;
  • consult with school staff on strategies used to deal with classroom behavioral problems;
  • engage in vocational and career counseling by assisting clients in the development of realistic career options;
  • use and interpret various interest inventories, aptitude tests, and other measures related to education and career choice;
  • respond accurately to clients form different backgrounds;
  • consult with staff to resolve organizational conflicts;
  • assess the needs of students, staff, and community;
  • analyze social science research for practical application;
  • develop and complete a research paper;
  • impact curriculum development; and
  • demonstrate competence in and knowledge of legal and ethical issues of counseling.  

This 48-hour program is designed to prepare counselors to work with children and youth across all levels in schools from kindergarten to high school (P-12). Candidates may plan programs of study from either an Eclectic theoretical approach to counseling or a specialized approach emphasizing the individual psychology school of thought of Alfred Adler. The program places heavy emphasis on interpersonal and helping relationships, which require considerable commitment on the part of the candidate. Candidates complete ten hours of Professional Development Activity (PDA) in the community for each 3-credit-hour course. In addition, candidates participate in field experiences in the schools throughout the program, complete a school practicum field placement (100 clock hours) and a field internship experience (600 hours), pass a written comprehensive examination, and write a research paper.

CORE COURSESSEMESTER HOURS
PSYC 502 Principles and Philosophy of Counseling 3
EDUC 507 Human Growth and Development (Advanced) 3
COUN 702 Introduction to School Counseling 3
COUN 608 Career Counseling and Development 3
COUN 633 Multicultural Counseling 3
SPED 511 Special Education Perspectives 3
COUN 731 Group Counseling 3
COUN 610 Appraisal, Assessment and Evaluation 3
EDUC 706 Introduction to Research 3
PSYC 780 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Therapy 3
PSYC 714 Clinical Assessment 3
COUN 840 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
COUN 836 Practicum in School Counseling 3
COUN 837 Internship in School Counseling 3
COUN 861 Seminar in School Counseling 3
ECLECTIC COUNSELING REQUIREMENTS: SEMESTER HOURS 42 hrs
PSYC 734 Counseling Theory and Practice 3
ADLERIAN COUNSELING REQUIREMENTS: SEMESTER HOURS 42 hrs
PSYC 730 Adlerian Theory and Practice 3

SCHOOL COUNSELING SEQUENCE

Level One
PSYC 502 Principles and Philosophy of Counseling
PSYC 503 Mental Hygiene
EDUC 507 Human Growth and Development (Adv.)
COUN 633 Multicultural Counseling
Level Two
COUN 702 Introduction to School Counseling
COUN 608 Career Counseling and Development
PSYC 734 Counseling Theory and Practice or PSYC 730 Adlerian Theory and Practice
PSYC 780 Legal and Ethical Issues in Therapy
COUN 610 Appraisal, Assessment and Evaluation
Level Three
EDUC 706 Introduction To Research
COUN 731 Group Counseling (Prerequisites: PSYC 734: Counseling Theory and Practice and PSYC 502: Principles and Philosophy of Counseling)
Level Four
COUN 840 Counseling Children and Adolescents
SPED 511 Special Education Perspectives
COUN 861 Seminar in Guidance and Counseling*
Level Five
COUN 836 Practicum in Guidance and Counseling (100 hrs)*
COUN 837 Internship in Guidance and Counseling (600 hrs)*

*Candidates must have completed Levels I, II, and III and have passed the comprehensive examination before registering for this class.

STEPS TO FOLLOW

  1. As can be observed, the initial course taken by all candidates is PSYC 502: Principles and Philosophy of Counseling. There are three other courses, which Candidates may choose to take concurrently with this introductory course. They are: COUN 633: Multicultural Counseling, EDUC 507: Adv. Human Growth and Development, and PSYC 503: Mental Hygiene
  2. At the second level, candidates may enroll in COUN702 Introduction to School Counseling, COUN 508: Career Counseling and Development, PSYC 734: Counseling Theory and Practice, PSYC 780: Legal and Ethical Issues and COUN 610: Appraisal, Assessment and Evaluation.
  3. At the completion of 12-15 credit hours in the program, candidates are required to make application for Advancement to Candidacy. The Counseling Faculty at this point reviews each application. If candidates have a 3.25 grade point average and are recommended by at least two members of the full-time faculty, they are advanced to candidacy in the degree program.
  4. At the third level, candidates may enroll in one or both of the following courses: COUN 731: Group Counseling, and EDUC 706: Introduction to Research. After completing the first (1st) thirty (30) credit hours (Levels I, II, and III) in the program, each Candidate is eligible to take the three-hour written Comprehensive Examination. The examination is designed to assess candidates' mastery of the program objectives.
  5. At the fourth level, candidates may enroll in one or both of the following courses: COUN 840: Counseling Children and Adolescents and SPED 511: Special Education Perspective At the fifth level, Candidates may enroll in COUN 836: Practicum in Guidance and Counseling (100 hrs) and COUN 861: Seminar in Guidance and Counseling concurrently. However, candidates must have successfully completed the Comprehensive Examination prior to enrolling in either course, and must complete the 100 hour COUN 836: Practicum in Guidance and Counseling before enrolling in COUN 837: Internship in Guidance and Counseling.

(Note: Candidates may not enroll in Level V courses until they have completed courses in Levels I, II, III, and IV and passed the Comprehensive Examination.)

IMPORTANT LINKS

American School Counselor Association
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/