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The Hood Graduate School master’s program in School Counseling offers a clear path to certification as a pre-K through 12th grade school counselor. Courses can be planned to fulfill requirements for professional counseling licensure. The curriculum is designed to conform to standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and prepares individuals to provide meaningful student counseling services and contribute significantly to education teams in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.  CACREP accreditation will be sought as soon as the program is eligible to apply.

Entrance requirements

Application

Complete and submit the graduate school application

Requirements

Applicants are required to submit: a personal statement describing factors that influenced the decision to apply to graduate school and how this program will facilitate fulfillment of the applicant’s professional goals; a résumé or curriculum vitae; and a minimum of two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation (three are preferred).  A personal interview may be required after the initial review of application materials has been completed.

Grade point average

Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Undergraduate coursework in psychology is strongly recommended. Depending on the applicant pool, GPAs under 3.0 may be considered if associated materials are strong. Applicants are encouraged to complete the GRE and/or additional counseling-related coursework to strengthen their applications.

About the program

Core requirements

Nine core courses (27 credit hours) provide a common body of knowledge for all students in the program. These courses provide a solid foundation for further specialized study in School Counseling.

COUN 500  Human Development as a Lifelong Process

3

COUN 501  Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities

3

COUN 502  Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

3

COUN 503  Lifestyle and Career Development

3

COUN 504  Counseling Techniques

3

COUN 505  Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling

3

COUN 506   Research and Evaluation

3

COUN 511  Theory and Principles of Counseling

3

COUN 534  Tests and Measurements

3

TOTAL CREDITS

27

Specialty courses

Four courses (12 credits) provide further specialized knowledge, skills and training necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the context of School Counseling.

COUN 540  Foundations of School Counseling

3

COUN 541  Program Planning, Management, and Evaluation of School Counseling Programs

3

COUN 542    Collaboration, Consultation, and Supervision

3

COUN 543   Counseling Youth

3

TOTAL CREDITS

12

Electives

Students will select elective courses totaling 12 credits that will allow them to either prepare for licensure at the master’s level (starred courses), or allow them to complete the 12-credit graduate certificate program in Thanatology currently offered by the Department of Psychology.  This certificate program provides students with the opportunity to gain specialized expertise in working with those who are terminally ill or bereaved. 

COUN 507 Trauma & Crisis Intervention

3

COUN 530   Alcohol and Drug Counseling*

3

COUN 531   Abnormal Psychology*

3

COUN 532   Psychotherapy and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders*

3

COUN 533   Marriage & Family Counseling*

3

COUN 520   Intro to Thanatology

3

COUN 521  Mourning/Principles of Counseling the Bereaved

3

COUN 523   Dying & Principles of Care for the Dying

3

COUN 528   Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology

3

COUN 575   Independent Study

1-3

COUN 590   Teaching Assistantship

1-3

COUN 595   Independent Research Project

3

TOTAL CREDITS

12

Practicum and internship courses

These courses provide professional practice opportunities for students to learn to apply theory and develop their counseling skills under supervision.

COUN 596 Practicum (100 hours; 40 hours direct service)

3

COUN 597 Internship (600 hours; 240 hours direct service)

6

TOTAL CREDITS

9

Specialization options

School Counseling students may choose to complete all required coursework to become certified as school counselors and to work toward becoming licensed professional counselors within their 60-credit program. Alternatively, School Counseling students may choose to complete the 12-credit Thanatology graduate certificate program.

A student who wishes to earn master’s degrees in both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling would be required to complete all specialty courses and a 600-hour internship within both the first and second specializations. Additional state requirements for licensure eligibility in the second specialization may apply.