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Department of Counseling

School Counseling, M.Ed.

Mississippi College’s School Counseling, M.Ed. program enables you to move into public or private school counseling and begin making a difference in the lives of students.

A Professional, Compassionate Master’s Program in School Counseling

Prepare to meet children and adolescents at critical points in their lives and start them on a positive path for years to come.

Innovative Instruction and Real-World Experience.

The mission of the School Counseling, M.Ed. Program is to help students acquire core competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as school counselors. The program includes hands-on activities and requires three clinical experiential courses, ensuring students graduate not only with the knowledge required but also with the fundamental counseling skills, and an understanding of the role of the counselor within the school system.

Professor interacting with students in class

Students participating in the School Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators in the school setting. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites.

Completion of the program will assist graduates in making application for licensure as a school counselor, National Counseling Certification, and, licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). 

Required Coursework

A minimum of 60 semester hours must be completed by taking the following courses:

Tier I – Pre-practicum (courses must be taken prior to Practicum)
Tier II – Pre-Internship I (courses must be taken prior to Internship I)

Tier III – Pre-Internship II (courses must be taken prior to Internship II)

Tier IV – Pre-graduation (courses must be taken prior to graduation)

CC - Core Courses: (courses must be taken prior CPCE)

*once registered for a COU course after the semester starts or later, no course can be changed to PSY

Tier

CC

 

TITLE

HOURS

Tier I

CC

COU 6501

Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling

       3

Tier I

CC

COU 6502

Theories of Personality and Counseling (cross-listed with PSY 6502)

       3

Tier I

CC

COU 6506

Multicultural Counseling (cross-listed with PSY 6506)

       3

Tier I

 

COU 6668

Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, and Knowledge and Skills of School Counseling

       3

Tier I

CC

COU 6515 

Lifespan Development (cross-listed with PSY 6515)

3

Prerequisites for COU 6503: COU 6501, 6502, 6506, 6668, 6515

Tier I

CC

COU 6661

Use and Interpretation of Tests (cross-listed with PSY 6661)

3

Tier I

CC

COU 6503

Helping Relationships (Methods and Techniques in Counseling)

3

Tier II

CC

COU 6662

Techniques of Group Counseling

3

Tier II

 

COU 6663

Practicum in Counseling and Therapy (requires completion of 18 hours in practicum prerequisites including COU 6503 Helping Relationships)

CR/NC

Tier II

CC

COU 6504

Research-Methods and Procedures (cross-listed with PSY 6504)

3

Tier II/III

 

 COU 6536

 Psychopathology III – Assessment & Treatment

3

Tier III

CC

COU 6665

Lifestyle and Career Counseling

3

Tier III

 

COU 6817

Crisis Counseling (cross-listed as PSY 6817)

3

Tier III

 

COU 6701

Internship in Counseling I

CR/NC

Tier IV

 

COU 6702

Internship in Counseling II

CR/NC

Tier IV

 

COU 6999***

Comprehensive Exam

CR/NC

Can be taken during any semester prior to graduation

   

COU 6666

Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling

3

   

COU 6667

Addictions Counseling

3

   

COU 6810

Play Therapy (cross-listed as PSY 6810)

3

 

 

COU 6818

Counseling Children and Adolescents

3

 

 

SPECIALIZED COURSEWORK:  3 SEMESTER HRS

TITLE

HOURS

 

 

Elective

In consultation with advisor (electives may vary each semester)

3

***COU 6999 is the exit exam course. This is not a physical or on-line class; however, you must enroll in COU 6999 and successfully complete this comprehensive exam (Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam; CPCE) 1-2 semesters prior to your expected graduation semester.

For the most up-to-date list of courses and requirements, please consult Mississippi College’s course catalog.

School Counseling, M.Ed. Admissions

The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession.

Consult the detailed admissions requirements for further information on applying. 

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