Counseling MS/MEd

Master of Science in Counseling

The Master of Science in Counseling offers an emphasis in School Counseling (51 semester hours) for those students seeking certification as a professional school counselor and an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 semester hours) for those students desiring licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  Both programs include a common core, courses specific to the emphasis and field experience courses in which students work directly with client populations.

Master of Education in Counseling

The Master of Education in Counseling offers an emphasis in Student Affairs for those students desiring employment in a wide variety of college and university student services settings. The Student Affairs program is a 36-hour program offered entirely online. It targets the Bachelor-level student affairs professional desiring a graduate degree to improve service delivery and promotability.

Program Requirements

In order to progress through the program, School Counseling students and Clinical Mental Health Students must gain admission to candidacy and pass three examinations: Level 1 Examination, Level 2 Examination, and a comprehensive exit examination. The Level 1 Examination is designed to assess content knowledge from COUN 501, COUN 510, and COUN 516. The Level 2 Examination is designed to assess content knowledge paticular to content knowledge associated with the emphases (School Counseling - COUN 514, COUN 520, COUN 534, COUN 539; Clinical Mental Health Counseling - COUN 530, COUN 560, COUN 581, COUN 611, PSY 503, PSY 507). Both Level 1 and Level 2 examinations are locally-developed measures. The comprehensive exit examination is the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination, a nationally standardized examination developed and published by the Center for Credentialing in Education. All MS students must participate, as clients, in personal counseling for a minimum of 6 sessions. Student Affairs students must gain admission to candidacy and pass a locally-developed comprehensive exit examination. All examinations are administered once each fall and spring semester, and once during the summer. Details regarding examinations and examination dates are available in the departmental office.

Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in School Counseling - Option II Non-Thesis

Master of Science degrees in Counseling with School Counseling emphasis require the courses listed below:

All courses carry 3 semester hours credit unless otherwise indicated.
Open Courses (No Prerequisites) 12 semesters hours
COUN 512Career Development 3
COUN 517Assessment in Counseling 3
COUN 522Counseling Diverse Populations3
COUN 545Dev Issues/Strategy in Counseling 3
Level 1: Courses (No Prerequisites) 9 semester hours
COUN 501Intro to Coun Profession *3
COUN 510Counsel Theory & Tech *3
COUN 516Basic Counseling Skills *3
Level 2: Courses (Prerequisites: All Level 1 Requirements Met; Pass Level 1 Exam prior to completing 12 semester hours; 30 semester hours from Core & Speciality Courses
Core Courses (9 semester hours)
COUN 595Research Literature and Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
COUN 528Intro Grp Dynamics & Procedure3
COUN 548Advanced Counseling Skills3
Specialty Courses (12 semester hours)
COUN 514School Counseling and Development3
COUN 520Advanced School Counseling3
COUN 534Counseling Children and Adolescents3
COUN 539Introduction to Play Therapy3
Clinical Field Experience Courses (9 semester hours; Written degree plan filed prior to 551 Enrollment; Level 2 Exam passed prior to 552 enrollment)
COUN 551Practicum3
COUN 552Internship (Must be repeated for credit; 6 semester hours required)3
Total Hours51

Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Option II Non-Thesis

All courses carry 3 semester hours credit unless otherwise indicated
Open Courses (No Prerequisites) 15 semester hours including an Elective course from the College of Education & Human Services.
COUN 512Career Development3
COUN 517Assessment in Counseling3
COUN 522Counseling Diverse Populations3
COUN 545Dev Issues/Strategy in Counseling3
Plus an elective.3
Level 1 Courses (No Prerequisites) 9 semester hours
COUN 501Intro to Coun Profession *3
COUN 510Counsel Theory & Tech *3
COUN 516Basic Counseling Skills *3
Level 2 courses: (Prerequisites: All Level 1 Requirements Met; Level 1 Exam passed prior to completing 12 semester hours; 36 semester hours)
Core Courses (9 semester hours)
COUN 595Research Literature and Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
COUN 528Intro Grp Dynamics & Procedure3
COUN 548Advanced Counseling Skills3
Specialty Courses (18 semester hours)
COUN 530Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
COUN 560Crisis Intervention3
COUN 581Assessment and Treatment of Chemical Dependency3
COUN 611Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy3
or COUN 513 Communication In Marriage
or COUN 564 Family Crisis & Resources
PSY 503Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSY 507Pharmaco-therapy3
Clinical Field Experience Courses (9 semester hours; Written degree plan on file prior to 551 enrollment; Level 2 Exam passed prior to 552 enrollment)
COUN 551Practicum3
COUN 552Internship (Must be repeated for credit; 6 semester hours required)3
Total Hours60

Master of Education in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs - Option II Non-Thesis

Required courses in the major, minor, or specialization

Student Affairs Emphasis - MEd (36 semester hours)
COUN 501Intro to Coun Profession *3
COUN 510Counsel Theory & Tech *3
COUN 512Career Development3
COUN 522Counseling Diverse Populations3
COUN 552Internship3
COUN 560Crisis Intervention3
COUN 580Cou Substan Abuser: Drugs3
COUN 590Legal Issues Stu Affairs3
COUN 595Research Literature and Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
COUN 606Stu Affairs Services Hi Ed *3
COUN 607Contemp College Student3
HIED 540American Community College *3
Total Hours36

Note:  Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.