Master of Arts in Education – School Counseling Grades PK-8, 7-12, PK-12
The School Counseling Program offers a Master of Arts in Education. This degree program requires the successful completion of 39 credit hours of graduate education.
Graduate Counseling Program Mission
The mission of the CSC Graduate Counseling Program 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
- The Counseling Program strives to educate academically prepared counselors.
- The Counseling Program strives to produce diverse counselors.
- The Counseling Program strives to develop dispositionally appropriate counselors manifesting clear counseling professional identities.
Graduate Counseling Program Student Learning Outcomes
As a result of successfully completing the Graduate Counseling Program, graduates will be able to:
- Professional Counseling 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Assessment -and Testing: Gain knowledge and skills in assessment techniques and apply basic concepts to individuals and group appraisal (Visionary Leaders: Assessment).
- Research and Program Evaluation: Develop the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional-research literature (Visionary Leaders: Methodology).
- Clinical Mental Health Program: Practice counseling utilizing knowledge and applications of various theories, dynamics, and techniques (Visionary Leaders: Professionalism, Leadership).
- School Counseling Program: Develop a model for implementing a school counseling program (Visionary Leaders: Professionalism-Leadership).
Program of Study
The School Counseling Program prepares students to work as a Professional School Counselor in Nebraska. CSC offers two academic paths toward Nebraska Department of Education School Counselor endorsement.
School Counseling Traditional Program (Path 1): Students holding a valid Teaching Certificate (including the NE State Human Relations and Special Education Training Requirements) must complete: (a) the 39-hour School Counseling MAE program, and (b) the Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) Subject Assessment.
School Counselling Alternative Program (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 MAE, (b) the 15-hour Alternative Program Teacher Education, (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.
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).
School Counseling Traditional Program (Path 1):
Course requirements for the Master of Arts in Education-School Counseling Program: Note EDCI 631 RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS should be completed within the first 12 hours of a student's program of study.
|COUN 531||COUNSELING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS||3|
|COUN 533||COUNSELING ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY||3|
|COUN 534||FUNDAMENTALS OF ASSESSMENT||3|
|COUN 535||MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING||3|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|COUN 541||COUNSELING THEORIES||3|
|COUN 632||CAREER AND LIFESTYLE DEVELOPMENT||3|
|COUN 634||GROUP COUNSELING||3|
|COUN 635||SCHOOL COUNSELING||3|
|COUN 637||ADVANCED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT||3|
|COUN 639A||PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING||3|
|COUN 640||INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING 2||3|
|EDCI 631||RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS||3|
Students seeking a PK-8 school counseling endorsement, must take one 450-hour elementary school counseling internship. Students seeking 7-12 school counseling endorsement, must complete one 450-hour secondary school counseling internship. Students seeking a PK-12 school counseling endorsement must complete one 450-hour elementary school counseling internship and one 450-hour secondary school counseling internship for a total of 900-hours. Students may need to take additional credits for completion of this requirement.
School Counseling MAE students who wish to also obtain Clinical Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) license from the State of Nebraska will additionally need to complete the following courses:
|COUN 523||DIAGNOSES AND THE DSM||3|
|COUN 532||TREATMENT ISSUES IN ADDICTIONS||3|
|COUN 536||FAMILY DEVELOPMENT||3|
|COUN 629||COUNSELING CHILDREN||3|
|COUN 630||CRISIS COUNSELING||3|
|COUN 631||PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING||3|
|COUN 636||FAMILY COUNSELING||3|
|COUN 639B||PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING||3|
|COUN 640||INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING||6|
School Counseling Alternative Program (Path 2):
The State of Nebraska provides an alternative certification route for students seeking the School Counselor endorsement without a previous degree in education or teacher certification. This option will provide students with the state required background in educational to obtain initial certification to become endorsed as a school counselor in the State of Nebraska. Under the requirements of the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE), all alternative option prospective school counselors must have:
- All courses required for the MAE in the School Counseling Traditional Program.
- A Masters degree in School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling (additional Internships in a school setting required of CMHC degree students).
- The following fifteen credit hours in Education:
|EDUC 530||INTEGRATED CLASSROOM METHODOLOGY||3|
|EDUC 639||ADVANCED METHODS OF PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT||3|
|EDCI 635||CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT||3|
|READ 530||READING AND WRITING IN THE MIDDLE/SECONDARY SCHOOLS||3|
|or READ 535||READING AND THE AT-RISK STUDENT|
|SPED 230||INTRODUCTION TO THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER||3|
|or SPED 532||SURVEY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION|
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.
School Counseling Endorsement
To be recommended for the School Counselor 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 graduation 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.