Master of Education in School Counseling
As society has become more complex, people in need of assistance have come to rely upon trained specialists to assist with self-sufficiency and healing. The complex stresses of today demand that helpers be specialized and highly trained.
The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel teaches the skills necessary for the professional practice of counseling work. With our emphasis on personal growth, we encourage each student to gain competencies, values, and beliefs that will enhance and facilitate the helping process. Our program also facilitates the conceptualization of a professional role, which is not only relevant for the present, but also flexible enough to
grow as new knowledge and development occurs.
The Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel nurtures students to become congruent lifelong learners, noble practitioners, and leaders in the profession who embrace inquiry, technology, and innovative practices. Through authentic relationships with invested faculty who model intentional practice based firmly in theory and cultural advocacy, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be purposeful, effective practitioners with a strong sense of personal and professional identity.
Graduates have successfully obtained positions in elementary and secondary schools as well as major universities. Other graduates work in community mental health organizations, group homes, services agencies, substance abuse facilities, hospitals, and crisis units.
To qualify as a candidate for a master’s degree in school counseling, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours. All students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
Graduate work is divided into three phases. The sequence of coursework within each phase should be adhered to as closely as possible. Frequent consultation with a faculty advisor is necessary.
Generally, the admission procedure requires a full academic semester for processing applications, credentials, references, and the required on-campus group interview. Students are encouraged to begin this process at least two full semesters prior to the desired starting date.
Applicants for admission to any area of specialization must meet the requirements for the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel in addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study.
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Applicants to school counseling must present an official undergraduate transcript with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. GRE and MAT scores are not applicable to the school counseling specialization.
Applicants to all specializations are expected to have a minimum of one year’s experience (paid or volunteer) in the area to which they are applying. Each specialization may have additional criteria that applicants must meet in order to qualify for admission into that particular specialization.
Once the completed packet is submitted, the Admissions Committee will review it and invite successful applicants to the next available on-campus group interview session.
Faculty interviewing the candidate will assess the applicant on criteria including: maturity, openness, ability to listen, understanding of the profession, clarity of career goals/appropriateness of our program for these goals, ability to deal with stress, and relevant academic/life/work experience.
Using the autobiographical statement, résumé, relevant life/academic/work experiences, recommendations, writing skills, and interview impressions, each applicant is assessed by department faculty and the Admissions Committee to determine admission to the program.