The Counseling Department offers an M.A. in School Counseling that is Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs/American Counseling Association (CACREP) accredited. Students in the School Counseling program take coursework in the areas of human development, legal and ethical issues of the profession, career development, appraisal methods, counseling theories, groupwork, practicum and research, and program evaluation. Additional specialized courses focusing on school counseling are offered in areas such as internship,special populations, consultation, and professional development.
Students are engaged in field-based activities during almost every enrollment. Students without prior training as teachers who wish to become certified school counseling professionals must complete additional courses in classroom management, curriculum and instruction, and reading.
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The M.A. program is designed for individuals without prior teaching preparation who wish to become school counselors. This initial certification program includes additional coursework and begins in the fall semester with the opportunity to take co-requisite educator preparation courses during the prior summer.
In addition to the above required courses, the following must be completed (usually taken in the fall semester but under advisement a student may elect to take two courses in fall and the remaining course in another semester):
Note: Requires 15 hours of field observation in a school setting during the day.
The Department limits the transfer of coursework into its graduate programs to a maximum of 12 credits or three courses. To be considered, courses must have been completed with a minimum grade of B and no more than seven years prior to the date of entry into the graduate program and no more than ten years prior to graduation from the graduate program.