Masters of Arts in Education – School Counseling Grades PK-8, 7-12, PK-12

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The School Counseling Program offers a Masters of Arts in Education degree. This degree program requires the successful completion of 39 credit hours of graduate education.

Note: EDCI 631 RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS should be completed within the first 12 hours of a student’s program of study.

Graduate Counseling Program Mission

The mission of the Graduate Counseling Program of Chadron State College is to prepare quality professional counselors for careers with state, regional, or national public and private mental health agencies, mental health institutions, and educational systems.

We are committed to producing ethically and culturally competent counselors who demonstrate professional leadership with a purposeful commitment to client advocacy, and social justice, for the western High Plains States and the broader pluralistic nation.

Graduate Counseling Program Objectives

As a result of successfully completing the Graduate Counseling Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice: Develop a professional identity as a counselor, demonstrate an understanding of the counseling profession, and demonstrate a willingness to provide counseling services within the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession (Visionary Leaders: Professionalism, Leadership).
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity: Demonstrate an understanding of the social and cultural influences, the effects of power and privilege, and the impact of acculturative experience on the counseling process (Visionary Leaders: Inclusive Learning Environments).
  3. Human Growth and Development: Develop an understanding of developmental aspects of human growth and appreciation for the nature of human development and its integration within the counseling process.
  4. Career Development: Develop an understanding of career development and approaches for conceptualizing the interrelationships between work, mental well being, and other life roles within counseling.
  5. Counseling and Helping Relationships: Gain significant knowledge and application of major counseling theories in the context of individual, family, group, and crisis counseling. Demonstrate effective individual counseling techniques that facilitate client growth and the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals (Visionary Leaders: Communication, Thinking Skills).
  6. Group Counseling and Group Work: Develop both experiential and theoretical understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches.
  7. Assessment and Testing: Gain knowledge and skills in assessment techniques and apply basic concepts to individuals and group appraisal (Visionary Leaders: Assessment).
  8. Counseling Research and Program Evaluation: Develop the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional research literature (Visionary Leaders: Methodology).

Program of Study

The School Counseling Program prepares students to work professionally as school counselors. CSC offers three academic paths toward school counseling endorsement in Nebraska.

Path 1: Students holding a valid Teaching Certificate (including the NE State Human Relations and Special Education Training Requirements) seeking an MAE in School Counseling must complete: (a) the 39-hour School Counseling Master of Arts in Education program, and (b) the Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) Subject Assessment.

Path 2: Students without an undergraduate degree in teacher education, or a valid teaching certificate, seeking an MAE in School Counseling must complete: (a) the 39-hour School Counseling Master of Arts in Education program, (b) the 12-hour School Counseling Alternative Option coursework, (c) the Nebraska State Human Relations Requirement, (c) the Nebraska State Special Education Training Requirement, and (d) the Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) Subject Assessment.

Path 3: Students without an undergraduate degree in teacher education, or a valid teaching certificate, seeking an MAE in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must complete: (a) the 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts program, (b) COUN 635: School Counseling, (c) COUN 640: Internship in the school setting (3 credit-hours), (d) the 12-hour School Counseling Alternative Option coursework, (e) the Nebraska State Human Relations Requirement, (f) the Nebraska State Special Education Training Requirement and, (g) the Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) Subject Assessment.

COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING, requires affirmation by the graduate student under oath that he/she has no felony or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude (Guide to Nebraska Teacher Education Institutions, Nebraska Department of Education, Code Section 004.01, subsection 004.11D). Furthermore, enrollment in COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING requires a student’s affirmation under oath that he or she does not have any order or determination currently in effect by a court or any other government body of criminal charges because of insanity; or of incapacitation and in need of a guardian; or of an inability to manage his or her property due to mental illness, mental deficiency, chronic use of drugs or chronic intoxication; or because he or she is currently an in-patient or resident in a mental health facility due to a determination by a qualified mental health professional (Guide to Nebraska Teacher Education Institutions, Nebraska Department of Education, Code Section 004.01, subsection 1004.01L).

Courses

Course requirements for the Master of Arts in Education-School Counseling Program:

COUN 531COUNSELING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS3
COUN 533COUNSELING ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY3
COUN 534FUNDAMENTALS OF ASSESSMENT3
COUN 535MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING3
COUN 536FAMILY DEVELOPMENT 13
COUN 541COUNSELING THEORIES3
COUN 632CAREER AND LIFESTYLE DEVELOPMENT3
COUN 634GROUP COUNSELING3
COUN 635SCHOOL COUNSELING3
COUN 637ADVANCED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
COUN 639APRACTICUM IN COUNSELING3
COUN 640INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING 23
EDCI 631RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS3
Total Credits39
1

Students can elect to take COUN 536 FAMILY DEVELOPMENT OR COUN 629 COUNSELING CHILDREN OR COUN 630 CRISIS COUNSELING.

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For PK-8 school counseling endorsement, students must take one 450-hour elementary school counseling internship. For 7-12 school counseling endorsement, students must complete one 450-hour secondary school counseling internship. Students seeking PK-12 school counseling endorsement must complete a 900-hour internship. Regardless of the number of hours, students should register for COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING. Students may need to take additional credits for completion of this requirement.

School Counseling MAE students who wish to also obtain a Clinical Mental Health Practitioner license from the State of Nebraska will need to complete the following courses:

COUN 523DIAGNOSES AND THE DSM3
COUN 532TREATMENT ISSUES IN ADDICTIONS3
COUN 629COUNSELING CHILDREN3
COUN 630CRISIS COUNSELING3
COUN 631PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING3
COUN 636FAMILY COUNSELING3
COUN 639BPRACTICUM IN COUNSELING3
COUN 640INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING 11-6
1

See Practicum/Internship Coordinator for internship requirements.

Contact a Counseling faculty member for additional information.

Course requirements for the School Counseling Alternative Option:

EDUC 531COMPUTER BASICS AND ISSUES OF TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS3
EDUC 639ADVANCED METHODS OF PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT3
EDCI 635CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT3
READ 530READING AND WRITING IN THE MIDDLE/SECONDARY SCHOOLS3
or READ 535 READING AND THE AT-RISK STUDENT
Total Credits12

The State of Nebraska requires all endorsement candidates to acquire Human Relations Skills Training and Special Education Training Requirements. The following is a list of CSC courses to fulfill this requirement. 

Nebraska Human Relations Skills Requirement:

COUN 535MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING3
Total Credits3

Nebraska Special Education Training Requirement:

SPED 230INTRODUCTION TO THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER3
or SPED 532 SURVEY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Total Credits3

School Counseling Endorsement

To be recommended for School Counseling endorsement, the student must have

  • Met all course and credit requirements for endorsement
  • Met all graduation requirements for the appropriate degree or added endorsement program
  • Successfully pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) Subject Assessment

A candidate seeking an additional endorsement after completing his or her degree program must complete the appropriate course work and officially notify the Certification Officer upon completion of the endorsement program/course work.

Graduation Without Endorsement or Certification

In rare cases, permission may be granted for a student to graduate without a recommendation for endorsement or certification. This provision is for students who do not qualify for or are removed from their curricular program. However, there are times when, because of illness or other extreme situations, a candidate will decide not to complete all professional requirements. In this situation, the candidate should contact his or her advisor, and then complete a formal request to the Graduate Dean to be allowed to graduate without completing all endorsement or certification requirements. The Graduate Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs will determine the merit of the request. If permission is granted, an appropriate amended plan of study will be determined.

Any candidate who graduates without a recommendation for certification will not be recommended for school counseling endorsement or certification in any state. If, at some future time, the student wishes to complete certification requirements, he/she must first reapply for readmission to the CSC graduate program.