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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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As a Master of Counselling student you will experience a distance program designed to prepare you for a career as a Canadian Certified Counselor or Registered Psychologist. Read more
As a Master of Counselling student you will experience a distance program designed to prepare you for a career as a Canadian Certified Counselor or Registered Psychologist. In this program you will:

•be part of a diverse, distributed learning community,
•receive a quality education through a blend of online courses and face-to-face summer institutes,
•learn through the application of innovative technology,
•experience varied field-based activities,
•benefit from a personal and supportive learning environment,
•be taught by both experienced faculty and practicing counsellors.

This three-year program is offered in a blended delivery format. Summer semester includes an online component as well as a two-week face-to-face component in July. Fall and spring courses are offered online. On-campus accommodation is available.

Course detail

The twelve course Master of Counselling program is completed over three years. The program prepares individuals to function effectively as Canadian Certified Counsellors or Registered Psychologists in a wide range of work environments.

With the completion of the appropriate courses, graduates may be eligible for certification as a Canadian Certified Counsellor under the guidelines of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). CCPA certification attests to the level of professional counselling competence and is considered the minimum professional standard in Canada.

Students who wish to become a Registered Psychologist should be aware that in Alberta, the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) regulates the process of registering. The CAP has additional requirements beyond what is provided within the M.C. program at the University of Lethbridge, including undergraduate psychology courses, supervised clinical hours, and oral and written examinations. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet the requirements for registering as established by the College of Alberta Psychologists or the corresponding body in the province/state in which they wish to achieve a professional designation.

Why study at the University of Lethbridge?

As a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge, you’ll find yourself at the centre of a student-focused environment that nurtures innovation, critical thinking and creativity.

The University of Lethbridge is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities and leading research institutions.

At the foundation of our graduate programs is a multidisciplinary and personalized experience. A collaborative environment is encouraged between faculty and students. This means you have flexibility in decisions regarding the research and learning path you take.

At the U of L, we are committed to helping every one of our students thrive. From aiding with financial support to one-on-one mentorship to individualized career advice, you’ll find support every step of the way.

When you graduate, you will have the confidence you need to succeed in whatever you do, whether that means pursuing further education, teaching in an academic setting or establishing a professional career.

We’re here to help as you find the answers to your questions. As Alberta’s Destination University, the U of L gives you room to think, create and explore, providing a university experience unlike any other.

How to apply

In order to apply, you will need to provide the following documentation:

• Academic Transcripts
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three Letters of Reference
• Letter of Intent
• English Language Proficiency (ELP)
• Description of work/volunteer experience

All applications and supporting documents must be provided through the online portal: https://www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/apply

Funding

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.uleth.ca/graduate-studies/award-opportunities

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The M.S. in Criminal Justice trains individuals through an interdisciplinary focus in an online environment. The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various concentrations. Read more

The M.S. in Criminal Justice trains individuals through an interdisciplinary focus in an online environment. The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various concentrations.

This facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise. Students will complete the thirty hour program that includes core courses, specialty concentrations, and electives.

Proudly Offering the Valor Award 20% Scholarship for Law Enforcement, Veterans, Military, and First Responders

This program is designed for individuals looking for careers in or as:

  • Police Officer
  • County Sheriff / Deputy Sheriff
  • State Trooper / Highway Patrol Officer
  • Game Warden / Conservation Officer
  • Detective
  • Canine Officer / K9 Handler
  • Animal Cruelty Investigator
  • Park Ranger
  • FBI Special Agent
  • DEA Agent
  • Secret Service Special Agent
  • ICE Special Agent
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Counselor
  • Parole Officer
  • Legal Assistant or Legal Researcher
  • Bailiff
  • Pre-trial Officer
  • Loss Prevention Officer - Loss Prevention Manager
  • Bounty Hunter - Bail Enforcement Agent
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Community Liaison Officer

To see a complete list of possible career options, click here.

Program Format

The master's program is offered entirely online. The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master's degree without interrupting your career. For information on the online/residential bachelor's program, click here. For information on the online doctoral program, click here.

Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.

Curriculum

The Master's program is comprised of 30 credits. The core curriculum is comprised of five courses (15 credits) and one elective course (3 credits). The specialty concentrations are comprised of four courses (12 credits).

Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • CJI 0510 Survey Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJI 0520 Social Administration of Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJI 0530 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJI 0540 Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJI 0550 Investigative Processes (3 credits)

Specialty Concentrations (12 Credits)

Students must choose one concentration below and complete 12 credits within the concentration. (The concentrations remain the same)

Electives (3 Credits)

Students must choose one or a combination of electives below to obtain a total of 3 credit hours.

  • One, three (3) credit class
  • Practicum Placement (3, 6, or 9 Credit options)
  • Master's Thesis (6 Credits)


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A Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities is designed to prepare researchers, advocates, administrators and policy makers to be leaders in community-based or governmental agencies that address the confluence of issues associated with developmental disabilities throughout the life span. Read more

A Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities is designed to prepare researchers, advocates, administrators and policy makers to be leaders in community-based or governmental agencies that address the confluence of issues associated with developmental disabilities throughout the life span. This degree program's body of knowledge will allow graduates of the M.S. program to pursue doctoral-level training in human services, counseling, and public policy, among others. In addition, this degree will provide professionals from disciplines such as nursing and education with the necessary skills to be effective leaders and advance in the field.

The successful graduate of the M.S. in Developmental Disabilities program is expected to:

  • Apply knowledge of effective administrative and other leadership skills in the field of developmental disabilities through the use of case study analyses, research papers, and in-class assignments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different developmental disabilities and the challenges faced by these individuals across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the family, the educational system, and community services on the successful integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into the community.
  • Apply ethical and legal principles related to working with individuals who have developmental disabilities to real-world cases and settings.
  • Apply knowledge of developmental disabilities, organizational behavior, and strategic planning to the design and/or administration of human services organizations which provide services to individuals and families with developmental disabilities. 
  • Demonstrate research, analytic thinking, and writing skills when creating a program design or evaluation project on a relevant topic in the field.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of health disparities experienced by individuals with developmental disabilities and the implications for healthcare and human services organizations.

This program is designed for individuals seeking a career in or as:

  • Program Director (non-profit)
  • Program Coordination
  • Early Childhood Interventionist
  • Transition Specialist
  • Job Coach
  • Child Life Specialist (with Child Life Specialist concentration)
  • Developmental Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Advocate
  • Behavior Analyst or Assistant Behavior Analyst (with ABA concentration)

Program Format

The master's program is offered entirely online. The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master's degree without interrupting your career.

Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.

Curriculum

Students enrolled in the Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities are required to complete 18 credit hours of foundational coursework, 9 credit hours in one of the Concentrations, and 3 credit hours of a Developmental Disabilities Master's Research Project.

Foundational coursework:

  • HSDD 5000: Survey of Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5100: Program Design and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5200: Disability and the Family Life Cycle (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5300: Legal and Ethical Issues in Disability (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5400: Healthcare Issues in Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
  • HSDD 5500: Disability Services Administration (3 credits)
  • HSDD 6000: Developmental Disabilities Masters Project (3 credits)

Concentrations



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Shape young lives, improve student outcomes, and stay at the forefront of your field through our online Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program. Read more

Shape young lives, improve student outcomes, and stay at the forefront of your field through our online Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program.

This online master’s program is focused on enhancing educator effectiveness and student success. MSEd coursework explores beliefs and behaviors that contribute to a higher level of teacher performance, cultural and linguistic diversity, and the skills needed to adapt to various learning and language styles. Gain insight into building a supportive learning community that motivates and engages students. You can also learn how teachers can leverage data assessment to be instructional leaders.

Our MS in Education is part of a full suite of programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited institution. NCATE accreditation is a recognized standard of excellence in professional preK–12 education.

Why Earn Your MSEd Online From Walden?

  • Engage in cutting-edge curriculum that connects you with nationally recognized education experts, researchers, and scholars.
  • Our master’s in education can prepare you to make a greater impact in your classroom or pursue advanced career roles as a school administrator, counselor, director, or content specialist.
  • We understand the importance of your time and money: Six MSEd specializations are offered in an accelerated format that allows you to earn your degree for under $10,000 in as little as 12 months.
  • Choose from 17 online master’s in education specializations, including a self-designed option, to focus your learning in an area that matches your personal interests and career goals.

Walden is a top choice for many dedicated, effective, and award-winning educators—more than 40,000 MSEd graduates can speak to the effectiveness of our program. In fact, our graduates are associated with significantly higher student outcomes in language arts than other master’s degree program graduates.

Classroom access is strongly recommended for students enrolled in this master’s degree program. Educators who do not have such access must find a student or group of students to work with when asked to apply their new knowledge and reflect on the results. Students without classroom access will not be given alternative assignments.

Learning Outcomes

The online MS in Education program is designed to prepare graduates to:

  1. Apply pedagogical and discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support the learning and development of P–12 students.
  2. Design learning experiences that incorporate students’ strengths by building on prior background and addressing the learning needs of a diverse student population.
  3. Use data-informed practices to design, implement, and assess differentiated instruction within and across disciplines to promote student learning, critical thinking, and real-world application of knowledge and skills in technology-rich environments.
  4. Apply data-informed assessments to monitor student achievement, guide instructional planning, and ensure continuous improvement.
  5. Collaborate with families, communities, and other professionals to promote positive social change.

Find information about Walden programs and licensure requirements specific to your state.

Find detailed information for the Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Prep) specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

The only program offered by Walden that is state-approved as leading to any administrative/leadership license (e.g., assistant principal, principal, teacher leader, superintendent) is the MS in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Program), which has been approved in Ohio for leading to building principal licensure (grades preK–6, grades 4–9, and grades 5–12).

Walden University meets the Ohio Board of Regents’ standards for graduate programs and the Ohio State Board of Education’s standards for Building Level Principal Licenses (grades PreK—6, grades 4—9, and grades 5—12). Upon successful completion of this program, Walden can recommend candidates for principal licensure to the state of Ohio. Candidates who complete this program may qualify for principal licensure in many other states; however, individuals must review their state’s regulations to ensure the program meets all requirements, paying particular attention to any requirements specific to out-of-state program completers.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to http://www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

For the MS in Education, Educational Leadership and Administration (Principal Licensure Preparation) only: Students who reside in Minnesota are not eligible for admission to the MS ED – Ed Leadership Program but should instead enroll in the EdS – Ed Leadership Program that is approved by the MN Board of School Administrators to meet requirements for eligibility for licensure as a school principal in Minnesota.

Graduates of Walden’s MS in Education – Educational Leadership who wish to seek principal licensure in Minnesota should first obtain principal licensure in Ohio and then apply for a licensure under the “license in hand” provisions in the MN Board of School Administrators (MBOSA) regulations. Under these regulations, a provisional license will be issued and additional coursework and field experiences will be required to meet requirements.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.



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With an MS in Human and Social Services from Walden, you develop the professional skills and global perspective to make a positive difference in the lives of your clients. Read more

With an MS in Human and Social Services from Walden, you develop the professional skills and global perspective to make a positive difference in the lives of your clients.

You are committed to improving the quality of life for others, and we are committed to helping you reach your goals. Whether your work focuses on conflict management, mental health, crisis intervention, or other community needs, you can prepare to make an even greater impact by earning your MS in Human and Social Services with Walden.

This online master’s in human and social services program focuses on building your effectiveness and professional skills in your chosen area of practice within a global context. As a student of the program, you will develop a holistic, interprofessional perspective that better equips you to help individuals, families, and organizations navigate social services in your community.

This online master’s in human and social services features:

  • 12 career-aligned specializations that allow you to focus your learning on your own career path and goals.
  • Scholar-practitioner faculty members who are active experts in the field of human and social services. The curriculum includes a custom eBook of case studies compiled by Walden faculty and alumni, giving you relevant examples that directly apply to your coursework.
  • An international perspective that broadens your understanding of the field across the world. The program includes core courses that incorporate global content and case studies and an optional Global Social Services specialization.
  • An Interactive Learning Community, a unique learning experience that brings concepts to life through simulations and animated case studies.
  • A professionally-focused curriculum that improves your effectiveness on the job, including a grant-writing course, interprofessional practice, and the development of an e-portfolio to showcase your skills and help you plan your career path.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Human and Social Services program will be prepared to:

  1. Articulate the role that human services leaders play in promoting social change and advocacy for individuals, families, and communities in need.
  2. Interpret and apply human services research to inform the practice of human services delivery systems.
  3. Synthesize findings from research to develop culturally and contextually relevant interventions and direct services.
  4. Use knowledge of formal and informal networks in the development and evaluation of human services delivery systems.
  5. Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration and delivery of human services systems.
  6. Discuss how personal values and attitudes affect leadership, planning, and advocacy activities.

Find detailed information for the general specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

MS in Human and Social Services Degree Specializations

Walden’s MS in Human and Social Services program offers a General Program as well as a variety of specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

Career options

With our MS in Human and Social Services, you can prepare to help clients navigate social services in various settings around the world, including government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, and religious organizations.

In addition, U.S.-based and international charities are key employers of MS in Human and Social Services graduates. Since they tend to focus on vulnerable populations, charities need professionals with specialized administrative and case-management expertise.

The MS in Human and Social Services can help prepare you for a variety of positions, including:†

  • Human services professional
  • Human services administrator (coordinator, director, program lead)
  • Agency coordinator
  • Foster care counselor
  • Family services specialist
  • Program director
  • Development director
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Social and community service manager
  • Emergency management manager
  • Community and social service specialist


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