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Students from grades preK–12 face unprecedented challenges, from academic struggles to bullying, self-esteem, and family issues. As a licensed or certified school counselor,* you can help children and adolescents overcome obstacles and achieve success while building a rewarding career. Read more

Students from grades preK–12 face unprecedented challenges, from academic struggles to bullying, self-esteem, and family issues. As a licensed or certified school counselor,* you can help children and adolescents overcome obstacles and achieve success while building a rewarding career.

The CACREP-accredited MS in School Counseling program is offered by Walden University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Through online coursework, two in-person residencies, and field experiences, you will prepare to provide critical guidance and support to diverse student populations in preK–12 settings.

Why Choose Walden to Earn Your MS in School Counseling?

  • Through Walden’s exclusive Virtual School—which uses online simulation to expose you to various perspectives of the school counseling profession—you gain the critical skills you need to function effectively within the school setting.
  • An optional accelerated track allows you to complete your coursework faster and earn your degree sooner. This option requires a strong time commitment and is best suited for students who can dedicate themselves full time to their studies.
  • Select the General Program or choose one of four specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.
  • This program is tailored to the actual needs and challenges of school counselors today, including the use of technology and preparing preK–12 students for college and careers. Content is designed to address knowledge gaps within the counseling field as identified in the 2011 National Survey of School Counselors.†
  • Benefit from a curriculum that explores the latest models and methods of school counseling and reflects professional guidelines set forth by leading counseling and education organizations.

Accelerated Track Option

The accelerated track in the school counseling program is designed for students who are interested in taking three courses per quarter and finishing their program in a shorter time frame. The accelerated track has the same curriculum, residencies, and field experience requirements as the general track, but requires a strong time commitment and is best suited for students who can dedicate themselves full time to their studies.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
  2. Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
  3. Analyze cultural development theories and models.
  4. Examine empirically based theories of human development.
  5. Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
  6. Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
  7. Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
  8. Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
  9. Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
  10. Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.

The competent and confident counseling professional will:

  1. Examine the factors that put K–12 students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders.
  2. Choose strategies for assisting K–12 students in reaching personal, academic, and social growth.
  3. Assess data to inform decision making within the school setting.
  4. Critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement.

MS in School Counseling Degree Specializations

Walden’s MS in School Counseling features a General Program and four specializations to help you meet your professional goals.

Skills That Are in Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 8% employment growth for school and career counselors by 2022.*

Earning an MS in School Counseling from Walden can prepare you for a variety of rewarding career roles, including:

  • School counselor
  • Academic counselor
  • Academic advisor
  • Counselor for college and career readiness

Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, School and Career Counselors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/school-and-career-counselors.htm (visited September 07, 2016). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.



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Mission Statement. The primary mission of the UTC Counseling Program is to train knowledgeable, competent, skillful professional counselors to provide services in clinical mental health and school settings. Read more

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the UTC Counseling Program is to train knowledgeable, competent, skillful professional counselors to provide services in clinical mental health and school settings. Based on a developmental process of personal and professional wellness, this program emphasizes skill acquisition at early stages, progressing towards a strong theoretical and ethical foundation, and cultural competence in order to work with a variety of individuals.

Objectives

The objectives listed below represent the major program objectives for all students in the counseling program. The more specific objectives related to each one of these provide the skeletal framework for the coursework offered to students and thus will be found in each course syllabus.

  • To facilitate student(s) acquisition of skills such as testing, ethics, consulting, interviewing, and diagnosis and assessment.
  • To facilitate student(s) acquisition of skills and abilities with research and evaluation tools relevant to the delivery of helping services in the school or community agency milieu.
  • To provide student(s) with a thorough and comprehensive knowledge base in those areas of professional orientation and acquisition of counseling and helping skills in the areas of individual and group interventions.
  • To provide student(s) with knowledge of the organization and administration of human service agencies or schools as well as clarity regarding the role of the professional counselor in each of these settings.
  • To introduce student(s) to an understanding of the wide scope of diverse populations they may encounter in their work settings.
  • To assure that the diversity of students recruited reflects the diversity of the university, community, and region served consisting of both urban and rural environments.

School Counseling Program

The concentration in school counseling is designed to prepare beginning counselors to work within a school environment. Successful completion of the program and exit exam results in Pre-K through 12 certification as a school counselor.

Methods of instruction in the School Counseling Program include: classroom teaching/lecture, student led presentations, hybridized course delivery with content pushed out to students, engaging with the institution’s learning management system, Blackboard, independent reading and research, and clinical placements in the appropriate field setting. In accordance with established graduate school matriculation policies, known in the Graduate Catalog as “Continuation Standards” students are expected to maintain a B average in order to remain in the program. Students who earn a C in one class must repeat it for a better grade. Earning two Cs will result in program dismissal.

Core Courses

  • EPSY 5010 Methods of Educational Research
  • COUN 5020  Introduction to the Counseling Profession
  • COUN 5100 Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling
  • COUN 5430 Theories of Human Development
  • COUN 5440 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • COUN 5450 Counseling Skills
  • COUN 5470 Group Counseling
  • COUN 5480 Measurements and Assessments in Counseling
  • COUN 5490 Career Development and Counseling
  • COUN 5540 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • COUN 5620 Seminar in School Counseling
  • COUN 5650 Examination and Implementation of School Counseling Principles
  • COUN 5760 Theories and Practice of Multicultural Counseling
  • COUN 5550 Counseling Practicum
  • COUN 5700 Internship in Elementary School Counseling
  • COUN 5710 Internship in Secondary School Counseling

 Leveling courses (non-teachers only)

  • EDUC 4000 Survey of Exceptional Learners
  • EDUC 4850 Orientation to Schools for Counselors

Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) 

The comprehensive exam is an exit examination required of all master’s degree students. It is ordinarily taken during the student’s last semester of study in the program. The purpose of the exam is to assess the student’s knowledge of counseling to ensure minimum competence in the field. The CPCE will also provide collective feedback that can be used by the program in developing/adapting curriculum.



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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Read more
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.

At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.

Genetic Counseling

As genetic testing becomes more available and patients gain unprecedented access to information about birth defects and the likelihood of diseases and medical conditions, the need for professionals who can help them understand and act on genetic test results is increasing rapidly.

The LIU Post master's program in Genetic Counseling is the first of its kind on Long Island and only the third in New York State. It is one of just 32 genetic counseling master’s degree programs nationwide accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

The program is committed to developing a new generation of genetic counselors with the knowledge and skill to help patients make the best decisions. With a diverse, interdisciplinary academic and clinical faculty, the two-year program is geared toward students who desire a rigorous and comprehensive training in the field of clinical genetics. The program emphasizes the scientific, clinical and psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling. Skills learned through classroom-based didactics pave the way for students to enter their clinical rotations for “real-world” training. Additionally, a number of supplementary activities ensure that students will be exposed to non-traditional careers in genetic counseling along with traditional, clinic-based careers.

M.S. Genetic Counseling

The LIU Post M.S. in Genetic Counseling is the first of its kind on Long Island and only the third in New York State. It is one of just 31 genetic counseling master’s degree programs nationwide accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

The mission of the Genetic Counseling program is to develop genetic counselors that have the knowledge, skill and experience to succeed in all areas of the field by providing comprehensive training emphasizing scientific, clinical and psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling.

As genetic testing becomes more available and patients gain unprecedented access to information about birth defects and the likelihood of diseases and medical conditions, the need for professionals who can help them understand and act on genetic test results is increasing rapidly.

The 46-credit Master of Science program in Genetic Counseling at LIU Post is committed to developing a new generation of genetic counselors with the knowledge and skill to help patients make the best decisions. With a diverse, interdisciplinary academic and clinical faculty, the two-year program is geared toward students who desire a rigorous and comprehensive training in the field of clinical genetics. The program emphasizes the scientific, clinical and psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling. Skills learned through classroom-based didactics pave the way for students to enter their clinical rotations for “real-world” training. Additionally, both classroom work and numerous supplementary activities ensure that students will be exposed to expanded roles in genetic counseling in addition to traditional, clinic-based careers.

The M.S. in Genetic Counseling at LIU Post is dedicated to training a diverse group of students to become leaders in the field of clinical genetics. We believe in embracing a supportive and collaborative atmosphere between our students and faculty. We encourage you to learn more about this program, and look forward to reading your application.

Students conduct important, life saving research in the Joseph, Tita, and Don Monti Genetics Lab.

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Nova Southeastern University offers an innovative academic program designed for the working professional actively involved in or entering the field of counseling. Read more

Nova Southeastern University offers an innovative academic program designed for the working professional actively involved in or entering the field of counseling. The College offers individuals the opportunity to earn a degree in counseling with specializations in mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling and education, applied behavior analysis, and advanced applied behavior analysis. The program is designed to serve the training needs of practitioners who seek advanced training, but who cannot access quality training without the interruption of demanding schedules.

Programs will develop the skills and leadership abilities of counselors who have a desire to provide, create and maintain high quality service delivery. The online instruction offers accessibility and flexibility along with a quality educational opportunity for the mature (independent) student.

Concentrations

The master’s degree in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration (60 credit hours) provides education and training for those who will seek employment in such diverse settings as social agencies, mental health clinics, hospitals, personnel offices, and schools. This program is offered on the main campus in a ground-based semester format, at one of five other NSU regional campuses in an intensive weekend format, or fully online. Currently, there are regional campus programs offered in Florida at Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and Palm Beach. Many graduates go on to seek licensure in Florida as mental health counselors.

The master’s degree in Counseling with a School Counseling concentration (48 credit hours) provides training to individuals seeking positions as school counselors in Pre-K to 12 grade school systems. The program is offered in Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Orlando, and Tampa, in an intensive weekend format. The School Counseling program curriculum is approved by the Florida Department of Education (DOE). Upon degree conferral, School Counseling graduates qualify for Florida certification in Guidance and Counseling.

The master’s degree in Counseling with a Substance Abuse Counseling concentration (48 credit hours) or Substance Abuse Counseling and Education concentration (60 credit hours) is an innovative academic program designed for the working professional actively involved in or entering the field of Substance Abuse Counseling or related fields. The online format is particularly designed to serve the training needs of administrators and practitioners who seek advanced training, but who cannot access quality training without the interruption of ongoing work responsibilities.

The master’s degree in Counseling with an Applied Behavior Analysis concentration (51 required credit hours) is an innovative academic program designed for the working professional actively involved in or entering the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The online format is particularly designed to for those who seek advanced training and the convenience of distance education. The program focuses on developing clinicians informed by science, with classes taught by professors who are active clinicians and researchers in the field. The Applied Behavior Analysis concentration meets the academic and experience certification requirements as per the BACB.

SREB Electronic Campus

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is pleased to be a participating institution of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus. The Electronic Campus certifies that the programs and courses it lists comply with its comprehensive set of Principles of Good Practice. The school's online Master of Science degree program is part of the Electronic Campus.

The College of Psychology offers an innovative academic program designed for the working professional actively involved in or entering the field of counseling or related fields. The institute offers individuals the opportunity to earn a degree in counseling with concentrations in mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, substance abuse counseling and education, applied behavioral analysis or advanced applied behavioral analysis. The online institute is particularly designed to serve the training needs of administrators and practitioners who seek advanced training, but who cannot access quality training without the interruption of ongoing work responsibilities.

The program's strengths include a distinguished faculty, a cutting edge curriculum, and a flexible online curriculum. NSU is a dynamic, not-for-profit independent institution dedicated to offering high quality educational programs from preschool through the professional and doctoral levels. It offers a total of 87 degree programs, 23 in undergraduate disciplines and 64 in graduate and professional disciplines. Located on a beautiful 314-acre campus in Fort Lauderdale, NSU has approximately 24,000 students and is the largest independent institution of higher education in the Southeastern United States.

Online students use Web pages to access course materials, announcements, the electronic library, and other information/resources, and participate in a range of activities that facilitate frequent interaction with their professors and fellow students. Online activities may include forums using threaded discussion boards, chat rooms, email, and electronic classroom sessions. In addition, the program provides a system that enables the student to submit assignments online in various formats and to receive his or her professor's online review.



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Focus on the intellectual, emotional, and biological aspects of human behavior and learn to foster psychological health in individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Read more

Focus on the intellectual, emotional, and biological aspects of human behavior and learn to foster psychological health in individuals, families, groups, and organizations.

Advance your career by studying current theory and practices associated with major human behavior. In Walden’s clinical psychology graduate program, you will be positioned to work with diverse individuals in a broad range of settings, including healthcare, education, government, and business environments. Coursework in this clinical psychology master’s program offers an excellent foundation for pursuing clinical psychology and applying theory and research as a clinical psychology professional.

For international students who may need a master’s degree to practice psychology in their home countries, Walden’s online MS in Clinical Psychology provides the opportunity to become practitioners without requiring a U.S.-based residency requirement. For both international and U.S.-based students, supervised field practicum provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and make a difference in their own communities.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Describe the foundations of psychology.
  2. Synthesize psychological theory and research to apply in real-world situations in clinical settings.
  3. Interpret psychological theory and research.
  4. Describe psychological theory, research, and practice from a multicultural and/or global perspective.
  5. Apply psychological theory, research, and practice to scholarly and/or professional activities that promote positive social change.
  6. Use a framework of evidence-based practice to develop constructive working relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues.
  7. Demonstrate an appropriate and professional demeanor with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Counseling Specialization

  1. Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA, ACA) to decision making with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing empirically supported models of counseling/therapy (including group; substance abuse; and couples, marriage, and family counseling as well as career counseling) with diverse populations.

Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on whether the program (1) reflects the California counseling specialization or (2) reflects the counseling specialization for states other than California or (3) reflects the general specialization.

The MS in Clinical Psychology general degree is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

The MS in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling and California Counseling specialization (for California residents only) are designed to prepare graduates for professional counseling practice at the master’s level. Graduates completing the Counseling specialization may qualify to sit for licensing exams and meet the academic licensure requirements of some state counselor licensing boards. However, the Walden University MS in Clinical Psychology program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body, which is a requirement for licensure as a counselor in many states. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, state-by-state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student’s responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state or international location in which the student intends to work as requirements vary widely. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the learner to obtain licensure.

MS in Clinical Psychology Degree Specializations

In this clinical psychology degree program, you can choose the General Program or a specialization in Counseling, as well a California Counseling specialization that’s specifically designed for those who plan to seek licensure in the state of California.

International applicants should contact an enrollment advisor to review requirements and completion options. The MS in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling can augment the general degree in international settings where there are additional requirements of field placement and content areas specialized to practice.



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Your compassion for others and willingness to help are prerequisites for this growing field of personal counseling. Young people and adults in transition will all benefit from the creative, clinical skills you develop at IUP. Read more
Your compassion for others and willingness to help are prerequisites for this growing field of personal counseling. Young people and adults in transition will all benefit from the creative, clinical skills you develop at IUP.

PROGRAM ALSO OFFERED AT THE MONROEVILLE CAMPUS

The MA program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is also available at the Monroeville campus. It is a 60-credit degree designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings, including mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment programs, specialized community agencies, rehabilitation programs, correctional institutions, health care settings, and business and industry.

COUNSELING PROFESSION IS GROWING

Our program gives you the skills you'll need to work in a number of settings, including mental health centers, drug and alcohol treatment programs, specialized community agencies, private practice, vocational or rehabilitation programs, correctional institutions, health care settings, social services, business, and industry. The 60-credit-hour program includes a series of counseling skills courses, including individual and group practicums, and a 600-hour field experience under the supervision of a qualified supervisor.

The counseling curriculum is based on the educational standards as set forth by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Students who successfully complete their course work will be eligible to take the National Certification Exam. Upon passing the exam, students will be board-eligible counselors.

Prospective students for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must meet departmental admissions requirements and procedures in addition to those of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Prospective students should contact the department to determine these requirements. Applicants are required to attend an admission workshop as the final step in the admissions process. Workshops are held two times a year, and applicants should contact the department to obtain the dates of workshops and deadlines for applications to reach the department.

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The program philosophy is to approach helping from an educational and developmental perspective, emphasizing prevention and promoting enrichment in people's lives while also providing skills for effective intervention. The wide variety of employment settings in which our graduates are found reflects this developmental, preventative, and interventionist focus.

THE MA DEGREE WILL PREPARE YOU TO

-Acquire the state and national licensure needed to practice.
-Broaden your view of multicultural issues with regard to mental health.
-Assist youth and adults who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse.
-Guide individuals through career planning and career transitions.
-Obtain necessary training as an individual, group, and systems counselor.
-Find work in the following settings: mental health and substance abuse clinics, forensics settings, private practice, consultation services, and career counseling programs.
-Pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education or counseling psychology.
-Be a part of an occupation that is projected to have a “much faster than average” job growth through 2022, with a 16 percent growth rate in Pennsylvania.

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Our highly personalized graduate program prepares you to be a responsive, effective advocate for the academic, social, emotional, and career success of pre-K, elementary, and middle and high school students. Read more

Our highly personalized graduate program prepares you to be a responsive, effective advocate for the academic, social, emotional, and career success of pre-K, elementary, and middle and high school students. Complete the program in two years full-time or in three years on a part-time basis, in a blended format (online and on campus) and in the field.

Coursework topics include counseling theory and techniques, working in schools, leadership, group counseling, working with special needs students, post-secondary planning and college counseling, consultation, human development, social justice, ethics, and school violence prevention. In our Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)-accredited program, you will participate in practicum and internships under the mentorship and supervision of a tenured school counselor in a P-12 school setting.

Upon completing your studies, you will possess these core competencies:

  • Knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs using national and state models.
  • Knowledge and skills to consult and work collaboratively with faculty members, administrators, parents and caretakers, and community members to improve student success.
  • Ability to apply counseling theories and practices in a school setting.
  • Ability to consult and collaborate with faculty members and administrators to create safe, respectful school environments for diverse student populations.
  • Ability to use data to inform practice and serve the needs of every student, including underrepresented youth.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in a variety of technology applications appropriate to counseling practice.
  • Demonstrated responsibility for your own learning and professional development.

We also offer a Bilingual Extension, which can be completed simultaneously with your school counseling degree. The extension includes includes a minimum of six additional credits, as well as bilingual practicum experience to prepare you to work specifically with bilingual/ELL students and their families. NYSED certification will require documented proficiency in the target language by independently passing the New York State Bilingual Assessment (BEA).



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Complete undergraduate prerequisites or become a more competitive candidate for graduate or professional school in counseling and psychology. Read more

Complete undergraduate prerequisites or become a more competitive candidate for graduate or professional school in counseling and psychology.

Career and self-fulfillment opportunities are rewarding and plentiful in the health and helping professions: counseling, psychotherapy, social work, clinical psychology, psychiatric nursing and health education. The Preparatory Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions is ideal if you are a career changer who needs to complete undergraduate course prerequisites or if you want to gain a deeper understanding of the counseling and psychology field. The curriculum comprises a range of upper-division psychology courses that are required or strongly recommended for professional or graduate school admission and for careers in social work, counseling and psychology.

Required Courses

Sample Elective Courses



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Students in pre-Kindergarten, elementary, middle/junior, and high school need support throughout the educational process. With this degree, you will be trained to provide career awareness, personal development, decision-making, interpersonal communications, educational planning, and community involvement. Read more
Students in pre-Kindergarten, elementary, middle/junior, and high school need support throughout the educational process. With this degree, you will be trained to provide career awareness, personal development, decision-making, interpersonal communications, educational planning, and community involvement.

MED PREPARES YOU FOR BOTH ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

A series of counseling skills courses, including practicums at the elementary school and secondary school levels, will give you a strong preparation for pre-K-12 commonwealth certification. You'll also complete a 600-hour field experience under the supervision of a certified school counselor.

The hallmark of this program is its philosophy based on the developmental approach to school counseling. Children and youth learn best when they are given the opportunity to increase self-awareness and develop those life skills that contribute to an understanding and utilization of self in all life experiences.

This approach to counseling is sequential and flexible, involves all school personnel, helps students learn more effectively and efficiently, and is managed by a trained counselor who provides specialized counseling services and interventions.

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

THE MED PROGRAM WILL PREPARE YOU TO

-Work in both public and private schools with in-depth clinical experience in individual and group counseling.
-Guide students from kindergarten through high school who experience mental health issues.
-Master individual and group counseling methods that allow you to have a lasting positive impact on growing minds and hearts.
-Expand your options to consider college admissions counseling, career counseling, private practice, and consulting.
-Pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education, school psychology, or counseling psychology.
-Be a part of an occupation that is projected to have an “average” job growth through 2022 and a median annual salary of $51,300 in Pennsylvania.

While teaching experience is not a prerequisite for school counseling certification in Pennsylvania, students are expected to possess an understanding of educational philosophy and child or adolescent growth and development. They should also understand the basic principles of psychology, sociology, and learning theory in addition to courses specific to either a child or adolescent population.

Prospective students for the Master of Education and school certification program must meet departmental admissions requirements and procedures in addition to those of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Applicants are required to attend an admission workshop as the final step in the admissions process. Workshops are held two times a year, and applicants should contact the department to obtain the dates of workshops and deadlines for applications to reach the department.

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The Master's in Counseling Psychology program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) prepares students to be socially and culturally responsive relationship and family therapists and mental health counselors. Read more

The Master's in Counseling Psychology program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) prepares students to be socially and culturally responsive relationship and family therapists and mental health counselors. At its core, the MFT’s clinical training program upholds values of equity, social justice, community and cultural wealth, and collaborative problem solving.

MFT Program Strengths

  • Curriculum attends to the mental health needs of diverse cultures and communities.
  • A focus on a community mental health recovery and wellness approach to serving clients and providing treatment options.
  • Three-course cognitive behavioral therapy sequence that includes theory, skill building, and practice of broad treatment interventions.
  • Courses that integrate a life-span development, family systems, multicultural, and social justice perspective in mental health practice.
  • Small class sizes with faculty who are invested in student growth and learning.
  • Many instructors are practicing mental health clinicians.
  • Emphasis on incorporating evidence-based practices and client strengths.
  • University-wide supportive services and opportunities to collaborate with instructors and students.
  • Collaborative cohort learning model facilitates future support, resources, and continued networking opportunities after graduation and licensure.

PROGRAM DELIVERY

  • 60-credit program with classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Cohort-based model with fall (eight semesters) and spring (seven semesters) entry dates.
  • Late afternoon (3:45-6:15 p.m.) and evening (7:20-9:50 p.m.) weekday classes with some Saturday sessions during fall and spring semesters.
  • Intensive summer sessions starting no earlier than 3:45 p.m. on weekdays with some Saturday sessions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Self-Awareness and Contextual Understanding: The MFT program will prepare students to become culturally competent therapists who can critically analyze themselves and their clients across ecological contexts. Students will be able to:

  • Develop a practice of cultural self-awareness and reflectiveness that critically evaluates how one’s beliefs, values, behaviors, personal experiences and cultural context affect one’s approach towards providing mental health treatment with clients of diverse backgrounds, belief systems, and relationship constellations.
  • Identify the ways in which the surrounding socio-political, historical, and cultural contexts impact the mental health experiences of individuals and communities of diverse identities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Explore and analyze power, privilege, and marginalization, as it relates to therapy practice, through multiple perspectives, worldviews, and epistemologies

Theoretical Grounding: The MFT program will prepare students to identify and critically analyze theory to address a wide range of clinical counseling and mental health issues, such that students will be able to:

  • Identify the legal and ethical standards related to marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counselor practice and understand how they apply in various service contexts and with diverse populations.
  • Understand the major theoretical concepts of counseling and mental health treatment to address a variety of mental health concerns and diagnoses from a strengths-based and culturally inclusive perspective.

Diagnosis, Assessment, and Research: The program will prepare students to become culturally competent therapists who understand socio-cultural complexities associated with diagnosis, assessment, and research. As culturally responsive therapists, students will be able to:

  • Conduct culturally sensitive clinical and diagnostic assessments of clients’ mental health functioning that account for the influences of relationships, cultural backgrounds, identity, biological determinants, historical context, and developmental variables.
  • Conceptualize psychopathology and psychiatric diagnosis in a way that recognizes the impact of environmental variables, social norms, cultural values, physiological and biological determinants, and relationship dynamics as variables that influence the presence of pathology.
  • Develop foundational crisis assessment and intervention strategies that promote stabilization, utilize community resources and strengths, and respects clients’ unique cultural, developmental, mental health needs.
  • Understand concepts of psychological trauma, including the range of traumatic experiences, symptomatology, and issues related to diagnosis, developmental impacts, and counseling treatment.
  • Understand ethical research, procedures and practices, such as reflexivity in the role of the researcher, and what methods align with distinct forms of inquiry.
  • Understand how to be a consumer of research in marriage and family therapy and how to use research to inform and improve culturally competent practice.

Therapeutic Interventions and Clinical Practice: Students in the program will be able to understand, develop, identify, and demonstrate the foundational components of culturally competent counseling in marriage and family therapy, clinical counseling, and relationship therapy. As practitioners, students will be able to:

  • Understand the components of collaborative treatment planning, employing a client-centered and strengths-based approach.
  • Identify culturally accountable, strengths-based evidence-based treatment interventions for application to diverse populations with a variety of mental health diagnoses.
  • Provide effective, evidence-based, and culturally responsive therapy and counseling treatment for individuals, children, groups, families, couples, and diverse relational constellations dealing with mild to severe mental health issues under appropriate supervision of trained mental health practitioners.
  • Demonstrate culturally responsive, evidence-based counseling and psychotherapy skills necessary for working with a wide range of individuals, families, couples, groups, and other relationship constellations across the lifespan.


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The Florida A&M Counselor Education Program is a master’s degree program offered in the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Services in the College of Education. Read more

The Florida A&M Counselor Education Program is a master’s degree program offered in the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Services in the College of Education. The program provides the educational requirements for graduates to become eligible to become professional school counselors and clinical mental health counselors in diverse settings, namely public schools K-12, and community and other mental health settings.

This program offers graduate study which emphasizes both didactic and affective experiences as necessary dimensions in the growth and development of professional learners. Special effort is made to sensitize and provide the candidate with experiences and skills to be relevant in working with individuals, groups, couples, families, and populations representing varied backgrounds and motivations. Multi-ethnic and multi-cultural effectiveness constitute a pervasive focus in all program studies. Overall, the Counselor Education program seeks to prepare candidates with skills and competencies that result in excellent leaders of schools and other educational entities.

The Master of Education degree sequence in Counselor Education requires a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of graduate coursework in the areas of school and mental health counseling. School Counselors are certification eligible by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) Division of Certification. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are licensure eligible by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.

The Master of Science degree for School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires a written thesis and 3-6 additional credit hours.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Counselor Education Program is to train prospective school and mental health counselors for the new century as agents of change, who have the ability to assess, develop, implement, and sustain up-to-date counseling initiatives that are representative of a multicultural and pluralistic society. We support our students as they become critical thinkers, innovative practitioners, and leaders in the counseling profession and in their particular specializations. We promote the following ideas:

  • Excellence in ethical practice in teaching, clinical practice and service
  • Free exchange of human and cultural richness for a global society
  • Contributions to the greater understanding of values to promote the well-being of all people
  • Promote a climate of social justice through self-awareness of self and others
  • Ensure our identity as professional counselors maintained by CACREP accreditation standards

Program Goals and Objectives

Criteria for awarding the degree require that candidates demonstrate the following program goals (applicable and other program objectives are found on each course syllabus). The learner will be able to:

  • Define and give examples of the philosophical, sociological, career and political implications of cultural features in personal social relationships.
  • Recognize the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
  • Articulate concepts underlying the dynamics of contemporary social issues especially as they affect personal development.
  • Construct facets of an environment which are conducive to the development of positive mental health.
  • Utilize effectively a variety of counseling procedures for establishing and implementing facilitative relationships.
  • Demonstrate ability to explain and critique research including problem identification, objectives, hypotheses, method and design, implications and conclusions.
  • Select and apply a range of appraisal techniques appropriate for varied clientele.
  • Utilize group dynamics in a variety of settings with diverse groups to promote cognitive/ emotional growth.
  • Provide information/resources to individuals/groups in decision making processes regarding career development and educational/occupational choices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of program development including rationale, needs assessment, objectives, implementation strategies and program evaluation procedures.
  • Apply ethical standards and legal mandates in personal and professional relationships and practices.
  • Confer knowledgeably with candidates, parents, teachers, administrators.
  • Meet all requirements for Florida Certification in School Counseling and licensure eligibility as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.


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The Department of Counselor Education offers a Master of Science degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Read more
The Department of Counselor Education offers a Master of Science degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The program meets the educational requirements for counselor licensure in all fifty states, as well as the Federal government requirements to work with veterans and individuals receiving Medicare or Medicaid. Completion of this program will also qualify graduates to immediately sit for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) examination. The clinical mental health program will effectively prepare graduates for a broad range of career possibilities, including working in community settings, hospitals, educational institutions, VA treatment centers, and private practice settings.

In preparation for employment, WCU's programs offer a vast number of field placement sites with experienced supervisors as well as professional field experience coordinators who offer assistance in securing the best placement options available.

Our faculty are counselling professionals with real-world experience bringing their teaching to life. Many have authored the textbooks used in our courses. Additionally, each candidate in the program has a full time faculty member advisor to help make the most of their graduate experience.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to be effective mental health counselors and provides the educational requirements for counselor licensure, while earning an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The 60-credit hour program consists of:

• core counseling courses,
• clinical mental health specialty courses and
• 700 hours of field work.

The comprehensive program results in a strong foundation for serving the mental health needs of the community.

Curriculum

The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a Full-Time Program which consists of four specific curricular elements: the 27 credit Common Core (6 credits of which will be provided by the Department of Professional and Secondary Education), 15 credits of CMHC specialty coursework, nine credits of elective coursework (that can be taken within the department or in other departments), and nine credits of field experience coursework. Each student is required to pass a comprehensive exam that requires the student to take the knowledge gained through coursework and apply it to a real world case scenario.

For more information about the modules taught on this course, please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/education-social-work/counselor-education/clinical-mental-health-counseling-ms/

Accreditation

The Clinical Mental Health Counselling program is not yet CACREP-accredited, as it was recently launched and cannot be accredited until a first cohort of students are prepared for graduation. However, the Department of Counsellor Education is currently preparing application for accreditation of the Clinical Mental Health Counselling program and will seek accreditation as soon as possible. All of our master's programs satisfy the core educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counsellor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and most other states.

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The individualized post-master’s program, culminating in a letter of completion, consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours. Read more
The individualized post-master’s program, culminating in a letter of completion, consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The Department of Psychology’s certificate program will allow students to obtain the additional post-master’s credit hours needed to fulfill the Pennsylvania state 60-credit educational requirement to be licensed as a professional counselor. The program is tailored to individual students based on their prior course work at the master’s level and their interests. The admissions process includes the development of an individualized, planned course of study designed to allow students to complete course work in areas necessary to be eligible for Pennsylvania licensure as a professional counselor. Students, in consultation with program advisers, will select courses from the current graduate offerings in the Department of Psychology. Courses will be selected by examining students’ master’s degree programs and determining areas of need, based on the following licensing content areas:

• Human Growth and Development: studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental stages.
• Social and Cultural Foundations: studies that provide an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
• Helping Relationships: studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes.
• Group Work: studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches.
• Career and Lifestyle Development: studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors.
• Appraisal: studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
• Research and Program Evaluation: studies that provide an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical and legal considerations in research.
• Professional Orientation and Ethics: studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.
• Field Experience: Includes 100 clock hours of supervised practicum experience and 600 clock hours of supervised internship experience. The supervised internship experience shall begin after completion of the supervised practicum experience. (Note: These practicum and internship hours are in addition to the 3,600 hours of supervised postmaster’s professional counseling practice experience that the board also requires.)

Note: The Department of Psychology at West Chester University has no role in the administration or awarding of the licensure of professional counselors. Each student is responsible for ensuring that he or she has met all of the state’s licensure eligibility requirements.

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Read more
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a thriving center of intellectual excellence that encompasses 14 academic departments and 80 degree programs. Its more than 2,500 students are engaged in a wide variety of challenging courses and hands-on learning experiences that extend across all areas of the humanities and sciences – from the great philosophers and classic literature to the world economy and environmental sustainability.

At the core of each department are faculty members who have garnered national acclaim for their best-selling books, ground-breaking research and creative endeavors. Together, students and their professors explore globally significant subjects and work towards the goal of improving every aspect of the way in which human beings live. To learn more about a specific area of study, click on the left-hand navigation bar for a full listing of academic departments.

The department

The Department of Biology is renowned for its work in behavioral ecology, animal behavior, and marine biology. Here, you can study fish, turtles, and crustaceans in the Aquatic Research Laboratory, an advanced center that is equipped with high capacity fresh and saltwater tanks. Our Miracle-Gro Greenhouse offers the ideal environment to study plant anatomy, ecology and photosynthesis.

The first of its kind on Long Island and only the third in New York State, our Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling and is one of just 32 genetic counseling master’s degree programs nationwide.

Our campus is located close to outstanding natural resources, where students and faculty members conduct field research. Internships are available at well-known institutions such as North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the New York Hall of Science.

M.S. in Biology

The master’s degree program in biology affords students the opportunity to engage in world-class research alongside acclaimed professors, with state-of-the-art facilities and challenging, dynamic curricula. The M.S. in Biology is designed to prepare you for research, teaching and other disciplines within biology, which may lead you toward entry into a medical, dental or veterinary school, as well as for a wide variety of rewarding careers.

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West Chester University offers a CACREP accredited program that provides excellent preparation for a career as a counselling professional. Read more
West Chester University offers a CACREP accredited program that provides excellent preparation for a career as a counselling professional: the M.Ed. in School Counselling. All of our master's programs satisfy the core educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counsellor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and most other states.

Our programs' CACREP accreditation ensures a commitment to high academic and fieldwork standards and a focus on professionalism and ethics. CACREP graduates perform better on the National Counsellor Examination and are eligible to become National Certified Counsellor upon graduation, once passing that exam, streamlining the licensure application process.

In preparation for employment, WCU's programs offer a vast number of field placement sites with experienced supervisors as well as professional field experience coordinators who offer assistance in securing the best placement options available.

Our faculty are counselling professionals with real-world experience bringing their teaching to life. Many have authored the textbooks used in our courses. Additionally, each candidate in the program has a full time faculty member advisor to help make the most of their graduate experience.

Course Structure

The School Counselling program prepares students to be effective leaders and advocates as school counsellors while earning a M.Ed. in Counselling and School Counsellor Certification PK-12 grades. The 51 credit hour program consists of:

• core counselling modules,
• school counselling modules and
• 700 hours of field work, resulting in a strong foundation for serving our school students.

Please visit the website to find out more information about the modules taught on this course:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/education-social-work/counselor-education/school-counseling-med/#curriculumtext

Career and Academic Progression

Completion of the M.Ed. School Counseling program academically qualifies candidates for the Pennsylvania Educational Specialist I Certificate which is required for employment as an elementary or secondary school guidance counselor. Individuals who have earned a Master’s degree in counseling may pursue a non-degree program of study (certification only) leading to the Educational Specialist I Certificate.

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