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Curriculum, Counselor Education (MEd)

The counselor education program strives to create and sustain communities of informed and reflective counselors who can work in all level of education. The faculty use a mix of rigorous instruction and interactive activities to develop a comprehensive curriculum that prepares professional counselor to make an immediate impact upon graduation. 

Requirements

Candidates must meet the following degree requirements for a total of 48 credits within a total of four calendar years from the date of matriculation:

  • Research (6 credits)
  • Foundations (18 credits)
  • Professional Core (15 credits or more)
  • Field Experience & Internship (9 credits)

Sample Courses 

View a selection of courses students typically take as a counselor education graduate student. 

ED 650 Professional School Counseling Foundations

An introduction to the profession of school counseling and the requisite information and skills for success in K–12 school settings are discussed. The history, objectives, organization, and current issues which impact designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating school counseling programs, as well as the personal qualities, skills, and aptitudes of an effective school counselor are explored. The evolution of the transformed school counselor, curricular planning, consultation, team building, community-based resources, referral processes, data collection/analysis, and accountability practices are reviewed. The role of the professional school counselor with regard to delivery of services to support the academic, career, and personal/social needs of students is viewed through the lens of ASCA national model.

ED 652 Group Dynamics, Practice, and Processes

Stages of group development, theories of group counseling, effective group leadership, group dynamics, and strategies for facilitation of task, psychoeducational, and counseling groups are addressed in the course. Students will have an opportunity for experiential learning via a group laboratory and external group observations in the second half of the semester. Working with culturally diverse populations are applied to various group settings. 

ED 653 Counseling Theories and Interventions

A presentation of the major counseling theories (Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Existential, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Behavioral, Cognitive, et al.) and techniques are presented and applied to an actual client case study throughout the course. The exploration of theoretical models is aimed to assist students with the development of a personal theoretical orientation for counseling. Ethical issues and the development of a professional counselor identity are emphasized, as well as the acquisition of counseling skills vital to school and clinical practice in this profession

ED 657 Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services

This course examines the underlying, historical, and current ethical and legal issues that are relevant to the counseling profession and education. Aspects of ethical decision making, complications of confidentiality, privileged communication, student records, negligence, child abuse reporting, parent/ student rights and responsibilities are addressed. The relevant ethical codes from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), case studies, and position statements will be analyzed and applied.


For more information about courses and requirements for the master’s degree in counselor education, please refer to our course catalog.