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Master of Arts in Counseling, School Counseling Concentration Course of Study Example

(49 Semester Hours)

Area I: Pre-Candidacy Requirements (28 semester hours):

EPR 590 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling

EPR 614 Life-Span Human Development

ECG 612 Professional Orientation

ECG 621 Theories of Individual Counseling

ECG 624 Assessment: Individual and Group (Prerequisites: EPR 590)

ECG 626 Group Counseling: Process & Procedures (Prerequisites: ECG 621 & ECG 638)

ECG 628 Social and Cultural Diversity

ECG 630 Career Development: Vocational and Life Planning

ECG 638 Practicum I: Clinical Skills and Techniques (Prerequisite: ECG 621)

Comprehensive exams must be taken upon completion of courses in Area I. Students may, at their own risk, choose to take the comprehensive examination during a semester in which they are concurrently enrolled in the final core courses. However, faculty do not endorse this practice and encourage students to complete all core courses prior to taking the comprehensives.

AREA II: Pre-Candidacy Requirements (12 semester hours):

ECG 620 Foundations of School Counseling (Required)

ECG 623 Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance: Middle & High School(Required)

ECG 627 Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance: Elementary (Required)

ECG 619 Special Issues in School Counseling (required)

*Admission to Candidacy Following Completion of Areas I & II Upon completion of areas I & II students admitted to candidacy must1) Pass the qualifying examination (comprehensive exam).2) Obtain the recommendation of the faculty.

Area III: Post-Candidacy Requirements: (9 semester hours):

ECG 695 Practicum II: Supervised Field Experience (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: Areas I & II: successful completion of comprehensive examination; admission to candidacy.  Practicum requirements: 100 hours; 40 direct contact hours. Practicum can be completed only in Fall or Spring terms.

ECG 697 Counseling Internship (6 hours semester hours): (Prerequisite: ECG 695)

Internship requirements: 600 hours: 240 direct contact hours

*Internship must be done over 2 semesters.

* ECY 600 Introduction to Exceptional Learners, required if not previously completed.

About Counselor Education

The Master of Arts in Counseling degree has concentrations in the areas of Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. These concentations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students acquire core knowledge and clinical skills which enable them to enter the profession of counseling. Both counseling concentrations are designed to meet the academic course work and field experience requirements for professional licensure established by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC).

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