Academic Catalog 2020-2021

School Counseling (Pre-K-12), Master of Arts

Purpose

The 48-credit-hour School Counseling Program prepares graduate students to fulfill the diverse roles required of school counselors who are both theorists and practitioners in a multicultural society. Counselor trainees are prepared to develop comprehensive school counseling programs which align with the ASCA National Model and to collaborate with parents, school personnel, and others in assisting students with academic, career, and personal/social concerns. The School Counseling Program stresses developmental, preventative, and remedial services. Additional emphasis is given to acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, critical thinking and decision making, appreciation of diversity, demonstration of professional ethical and legal practices, and an understanding of the educational process within the complex school environment. The examination of personal values and experiences and their potential influence in a variety of counseling situations is encouraged. The School Counseling Program culminates in a school-based practicum and internship experience designed to solidify the graduate student’s identity as a professional school counselor.

Student Learning Outcomes

SC-SLO 1a: Identify and develop professional and ethical behaviors consistent with those defined and demonstrated within professional counseling associations such as the American Counseling Association

SC-SLO 1b: Examine the cultural contexts of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society and generate therapeutic conceptualizations and interventions

SC-SLO 1c: Examine the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and generate appropriate therapeutic conceptualizations and interventions

SC-SLO 1d: Evaluate career development and related life factors as part of clinical assessment of clients’ therapeutic needs

SC-SLO 1e: Evaluate the counseling process for diverse client populations and demonstrate helping skills needed for successful professional practice

SC-SLO 1f: Examine and apply theoretical and experiential understandings of group process as a means of promoting therapeutic change

SC-SLO 1g: Examine and apply individual and group approaches to assessment

SC-SLO 1h: Examine and apply research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessments, and program evaluation

SC-SLO 2a: Understand the history and development of the school counseling profession and current models of program design, including attention to comprehensive career development, school-based collaboration and consultation, and P-12 specific assessments

SC-SLO 2b: Understand the effective and ethical functioning of school counselors in their varied roles in serving the academic and mental health needs of students

SC-SLO 2c: Understand the elements of school counseling program development that contribute to the effective provision of competent counseling services to P-12 students

SC-SLO 3: Demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/social development of all P-12 students

School Counseling Curriculum (48 hours)

A. Theoretical Component

CEDU 601Counseling Theories and Techniques I

3

CEDU 602Counseling Theories and Techniques II

3

B. Professional Component

CEDU 618Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Programs

3

CEDU 620Methods of Research and Program Evaluation

3

CEDU 650Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling

3

CEDU 665Multicultural Counseling

3

CEDU 635Advanced Psychopathology

3

CEDU 605Advanced Human Growth and Development

3

C. Skill Component

CEDU 616Methods of Assessment and Evaluation

3

CEDU 625Group Counseling

3

CEDU 640The Counselor as Professional, Practitioner, and Consultant

3

CEDU 645Career Development: Theory and Practice

3

CEDU 621Crisis Intervention Counseling

3

D. Applied Component

CEDU 675Practicum in School Counseling

3

CEDU 695Internship in School Counseling

3

CEDU 696Internship in School Counseling

3

Students in the School Counseling Program are required to take a comprehensive exam in the last semester of coursework or the semester following the last semester of coursework. The two-day exam is typically offered from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and is an opportunity to integrate material from coursework they have had during the program.

While there is a recommended sequence for completing courses in the School Counseling Program, individual circumstances may necessitate a change in one’s program of study. Graduate students should talk with their advisors when planning a course of study to ensure smooth progression through the program.

Total Credit Hours: 48