The mission of the Counselor Education Program at Alabama State University is to prepare graduates who will perform as professional counselors in schools and community agencies. The program provides a strong framework in counseling theories and techniques, as well as “hands-on” practicum and internship experiences.

Graduates are expected to exhibit high levels of self-awareness; ethical behavior; knowledge of adaptive and maladaptive thought processes and behaviors; skills to effect positive client behavior changes; and the personal characteristics of caring, empathic helpers.

The Master of Education in School Counseling Program is a 48 semester hour, CACREP Accredited program. The program includes a practicum (100 clinical hours) and two internships (600 clinical hours) at local elementary, middle, and high schools. Our graduates are trained in the ASCA National Model with an emphasis on program development, implementation, and evaluation. Graduates are also equipped with the knowledge of effective interventions and the skills to implement these interventions.


(48-51 semester hours)

Instructional Support Area (39 semester hours)
Course Hours
*COU 501 Introduction to Counseling 3
*COU 502 Theories & Techniques of Individual Coun.I 3
*COU 504 Theories & Techniques of Individual Coun. II 3
*COU 503 Career Development 3
*COU 509 The Helping Relationship 3
*COU 523 Organization & Adm. Guidance Program 3
*COU 524 Intro to Group Counseling 3
*COU 526 Psychological Testing 3
COU 505 Pre-practicum in Counseling 3
*COU 506 Practicum in Counseling 3
*COU 528-1 Internship in Counseling 3
COU 538 Elementary School Counseling 3
*COU615-1 Adv. Internship in Counseling 3
Research (3 semester hours)
Course Hours
*COU512 Counseling Research 3
Foundations of Professional Studies/ Other Supporting Disciplines (6-9 semester hours)
Course Hours
COU 507 Counseling Diverse Populations 3
*COU 527 Counseling Across the Lifespan 3
COU 530 Family Counseling 3
*EDT 574 Computer Based Inst Tech. 3
*SED 500 The Exceptional Student 3

*Alabama State Department of Education requirements for certification
**LiveText is required in all courses.
***You may not register for an internship (COU 528) until you have passed Praxis II. The Praxis exam is based on the following courses: COU 501, 502, 503, 506, 509, 523, 524 and 526.

Graduate Fees

Below are estimated tuition and costs for full-time graduate students residing on-campus during the 2017-18 academic year. Actual costs and fees may vary depending on enrollment and lifestyle decisions. You also may wish to review estimated tuition and costs for part-time graduate enrollment on our complete budget worksheet.

For a breakdown of fees by credit hour and by semester, download the 2017-18 Schedule of Student Tuition and Fees.

In-State Out-of-State
Billed Expenses
Tuition/Fees $10,156 $17,572
Room/Board $5,422 $5,422
Subtotal $15,578 $22,994
Other Estimated Expenses
Books $1,000 $1,000
Transportation $1,552 $1,552
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,840 $1,840
Subtotal $4,392 $4,392
Estimated Total $19,970 $27,386
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Last updated October 15, 2018
This course is Campus based
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10,156 USD
Annual In-State Tuition; $17,572 Annual Out-of-State Tuition
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