Students in the M.Ed. with a specialization in school counseling program will complete 48 credit hours of coursework, which includes 33 credit hours of core coursework, 6 credit hours of electives, and 9 credit hours of placement experiences.
Both full-time and part-time options are available.
Research in Counseling
This course examines various approaches to research methodology, statistical analysis, and program evaluation in counseling. The methodological focus is on qualitative, quantitative, action research, and evidence- or outcome-based evaluation. Students will develop skills in data collection, basic statistical analysis, and research design and execution. Topics covered include improving counseling effectiveness as well as opportunities, challenges, ethics, and legal issues in research and evaluation.
Developmental Counseling Psychology
This course provides a broad overview of human nature/behavior through knowledge of life-span developmental theory, personality development, modern and post-modern approaches to the study of human nature/behavior, and learning theory. The course is divided into four parts: foundations of developmental counseling, theories with a biological-maturation emphasis, theories with a cognitive-structural emphasis, and theories with a social-contextual emphasis.
Foundations of Professional School Counseling and Guidance
This course looks at conceptual models for school counseling programs, how they are organized, and how they are administered.
This course teaches fundamental counseling skills such as relationship building, basic assessment, goal setting, selecting interventions, and evaluation of client outcomes required for entering Practicum. It is designed to be workshop-centered, practice-oriented, and a safe place to explore new skills.
Theories of Counseling
This course examines client, counselor, and situational variables. The primary focus is on the prevailing theories of counseling and psychology. Each theory is examined in terms of its psychological assumptions, theoretical tenets, and various techniques.
Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling
This course is designed to provide the prospective counselor with knowledge of the profession’s ethical and legal standards, as well as the school/community aspect of the profession. The course will explore the evolution of those standards, methods of change, and applications to various professional activities.
This course provides understanding of the dynamics of small groups through a survey of the research literature and experience in small group interaction and observation.
Counseling Diverse Populations
This course reviews the value systems and behavior patterns of diverse populations as well as variables related to age, gender, lifestyle, language, religion, social class, geography, and developmental stage. Students learn about different lifestyles to effectively serve the needs of diverse populations.
Exceptional Education and the DSM for School Counselors
This course familiarizes students with the processes and regulations involved in the delivery of services associated with supporting the learning needs of students in education and mental health conditions in the K–12 school setting.
This course examines the various aspects of career development using data from psychology, sociology, and economics. Topics include the meaning of work; theories of career development; ability, interests, values, personality factors, and occupation; manpower and occupational trends; and vocational counseling.
Appraisal & Assessment
This course reviews the appraisal, assessment, and standardized instruments used by counselors in the areas of education, psychology, and mental health.
Electives (Choose two)
Applied Theories & Techniques of School Counseling
This course introduces students to various counseling theories and techniques as applied to children and adolescents. Students will explore counseling issues related to this population as well as practice techniques and strategies for dealing with child/adolescent issues.
Counseling for College Access, Admissions, and Completion
This course explores the college admissions process, with emphasis on current issues confronting school counselors, application and admissions criteria for various types of colleges, and college counseling for various student populations. Issues of equitable access and completion will be addressed in addition to fundamental admissions processes.
Fundamentals of Counseling Online
This course will prepare students to practice counseling through online/virtual services. Online counselors offer the potential to breach barriers such as transportation and stigma to reach a broader range of clients. The course will focus on evidence-based practices, strengths and limitations, and ethics of counseling online.
Practicum in School Counseling
Students will take one semester (3 credits) of the practicum course. The semester requires a supervised counseling placement of 100 hours in a K–12 school setting.
Students will take two semesters (6 credits) of the internship course. Each semester requires a supervised counseling placement of 300 hours in a K–12 school setting (for a total of 600 hours).
The internship placement provides students with an on-site experience in counseling. Students will gain advanced training in counseling and guidance techniques within a school setting while analyzing and applying appropriate counseling and guidance techniques relative to sound theory and school counseling practices.
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