Counseling and Student Personnel (MS)

Professional School Counseling K-12

The Professional School Counseling program prepares individuals for careers as school counselors in K-12 schools. Areas of training include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and classroom developmental guidance, all of which are designed to foster the personal, educational, and career development of K-12 students. Particular emphasis is placed on the professional school counselor's role in enhancing the mental health of children and adolescents, as well as the early identification of potential mental health concerns among K-12 students. Training in the use various appraisal instruments, research data, and consultation strategies is also provided.Adding Areas to Existing LicensureThe Professional School Counseling program makes efforts, on a space-available basis, to respond to the needs of current licensed practitioners who wish to add additional grade-level areas to an existing school counselor license. Consultation with program faculty is required to determine specific coursework necessary to fulfill licensure requirements.The Minnesota Board of Teaching allows individuals with existing master's degrees to take coursework in a school counseling program leading to licensure in the field. Such individuals should consult with a member of the Professional School Counseling Program as to the number of courses required to lead to licensure by the state of Minnesota. Licensure for Non-EducatorsThe Minnesota Board of Teaching allows individuals without teaching licenses to take coursework in a school counseling program leading to licensure in the field.Individuals without a teaching license or experience are strongly recommended to take coursework in the teaching sciences during their studies in the Professional School Counseling Program. Course selection should only be undertaken in consultation with an advisor. Evidence of such coursework on a non-teacher licensed individual's transcript and resumé provides evidence of efforts to familiarize oneself with K-12 educational strategies and enhances employment prospects in the job market.Special Admission Notice for Professional School Counseling CandidatesDue to the large number of individuals who annually apply to the Professional School Counseling Program, applicants are strongly advised to submit application materials as early as possible. Admission review priority is given to those whose completed files reach the program as soon as possible. Priority is given to those individuals seeking full-time admission.The program is dedicated, as well, to working with the part-time student. All courses in the program are offered at night, late afternoon, or in the summer at least once during each two-year cycle of classes.

The Professional School Counseling program prepares individuals for careers as school counselors in K-12 schools and alternative education centers. Particular emphasis is placed on the professional school counselor's role in enhancing the mental health of children and adolescents, as well as the early identification of potential mental health concerns among K-12 students. Consultation with program faculty is required to determine specific coursework necessary to fulfill licensure requirements.

 

Program Requirements

Common Core

Focus on helping skills model, professional issues, and skill acquisition of basic listening responses.

Prerequisites: none

A combination of classroom lecture and interaction with community professionals involved in crisis intervention. Designed to give students practical experience in distinguishing between crisis intervention, theory, and practice.

Prerequisites: none

This course is specific to the counseling profession, focusing on both the cultural and sociopolitical forces influencing people in a multicultural society, as well as the microskills necessary for engaging in cross-cultural counselor-client interactions.

Prerequisites: none

Theories of human development and the family cycle are presented as the basis for multi-contextual assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment skills when working with contemporary families.

Prerequisites: none

Overview of theories of career development, career guidance, career choice, and decision-making. Career counseling interviews and assessment techniques are also emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

A review and analysis of major counseling theories coupled with empirical support and specific counseling theory techniques and theoretical case analysis.

Prerequisites: none

Emphasis on knowledge and skill acquisition of advanced listening responses, helping interventions, and counseling strategies.

Prerequisites: CSP 645

Group Counseling - Choose 3 Credit(s).

Strategies for establishing a group. A review of concepts related to group membership, group member roles, and group techniques, therapeutic factors, and leadership roles. An experiential component is included in this course.

Prerequisites: none

Major theories of group development are presented along with analysis of group notes, group techniques, and groups for special populations. An experiential component is included for experience in group processes.

Prerequisites: none

Research/Methods Course(s)

This course will prepare students to effectively understand and utilize the results of research and will provide an understanding of the processes involved in the conceptualization, design, implementation, and reporting of research, including program evaluation research.

Prerequisites: none

Emphasis Common Core

Provides an overview of theory, research, and practice regarding counseling with children and adolescents. Developmentally and culturally appropriate counseling strategies are stressed. Relevant current topics are examined.

Prerequisites: none

This course provides an overview of mental disorders and disabilities impacting children and adolescents, with particular attention devoted to early identification and intervention in a school setting.

Prerequisites: none

Roles and functions of the professional school counselor in a school setting. Survey of comprehensive school counseling programs.

Prerequisites: none

Nature and use of measurement tools in counseling with particular emphasis on representative standardized tests, norms, and basic research procedures.

Prerequisites: none

Developmental needs and characteristics of children and adolescents. School guidance programs and interventions that respond to these needs.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised integrative practicum experiences. Admission by prior application.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised integrative practicum experiences. Admission by prior application.

Prerequisites: none

Supervised integrative experiences. Admission by prior application. Pre-requisities: permission from instructor.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course