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Emphasis - School Counseling

M.Ed. in Counselor Education

Description

The M.Ed. in counselor education must be completed with an option in (a) clinical mental health counseling; (b) college counseling, or (c) school counseling. The program requires satisfactory completion of courses and course experiences, development of basic counseling skills, performance in practicum and internship, and demonstration of specific clinical competencies beyond class requirements.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 60

Goals/Mission Statement

The general objective of the M.Ed. in counseling is to prepare students to be professional counselors. The counselor education faculty believe that the development of a strong professional identity, a rich knowledge base, and expertise in the skills of counseling are essential to becoming a professional counselor. The program’s first priority is to serve the people of Mississippi by providing highly qualified counselors.

Course Requirements

To complete the M.Ed. in counselor education, a student must complete the following core courses and also complete specific courses for the specialization option in (a) clinical mental health counseling; (b) college counseling, or (c) school counseling.

Basic Counseling Core Credits
Coun 601 Lifespan Development 3
Coun 603 Counseling Skills 3
Coun 605 Research in Counseling 3
Coun 606 Counseling Theories 3
Coun 607 Group Procedures 3
Coun 608 Issues and Ethics in Counseling 3
Coun 609 Multicultural Counseling 3
Coun 611 Assessment 3
Coun 640 Career Counseling 3
Coun 642 Crisis Intervention 3
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization Credits
Coun 612 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
Coun 613 Diagnostic Systems in Counseling 3
Coun 614 Family Counseling 3
Coun 615 Addictions Counseling 3
Coun 617 Pre-Practicum and Advanced Skills 3
Coun 644 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
Coun 662 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
Coun 664 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 6
Electives 3
School Counseling Specialization Credits
Coun 630 Foundations of School Counseling 3
Coun 644 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
Coun 614 Family Counseling 3
Coun 661 Practicum in School Counseling 3
Coun 663 Internship in School Counseling 6
Electives 3
College Counseling Specialization Credits
Coun 626 Foundations of College Counseling 3
Coun 617 Pre-Practicum and Advanced Skills 3
Coun 613 Diagnostic Systems in Counseling 3
Coun 627 College Student Development & College Counseling 3
Coun 628 Issues & Interventions in College Counseling 3
Coun 614 Family Counseling 3
Coun 615 Addictions Counseling 3
Coun 693 Practicum in College Counseling 3
Coun 695 Internship in Counseling 6

Other Academic Requirements

Along with the scholarship aspect of the program, which is the mastery of academic content, the master's program in counselor education requires students to demonstrate competencies in the core competency areas outlined in the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 2016 Standards.

All master's degree students in the counselor education program are required to pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Students may retake the CPCE only twice.

Emphasis - School Counseling

Description

The M.Ed. in counselor education/school counseling option requires that all students successfully complete a range of program experiences. Graduates of this program should be prepared for counselor positions in K-12 schools.

Course Requirements

Beyond the M.Ed. counselor education core courses, the school counseling option requires the following courses:

Required Courses Credits
Coun 630. Foundations of School Counseling 3
Coun 644. Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
Coun 661. Practicum 3
Coun 663. Internship 6

Other Academic Requirements

Mastery of the content knowledge is assessed in many ways throughout the program. One specific milestone for assessing student’s mastery of content knowledge is the program comprehensive examination. All master’s degree students in the Counselor Education Program are required to earn a passing score on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) in order to graduate from the program.

In addition to demonstrating mastery of content knowledge, students must also demonstrate development of basic counseling skills and demonstration of counseling and track-specific dispositions and competencies beyond class requirements. All master’s degree students in the Counselor Education Program are required to successfully complete practicum and internship in order to graduate from the program.

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