On Campus MHC Plan of Study

The Mental Health Counseling program is a 60-credit program that can be completed in two years. All students must take the core courses found here. We prefer that all students work with Kevin Ziomek to register for courses. If you sign up for courses on your own, you may not be in a section that is best suited for Mental Health Counseling students. If you do go through WISER to sign up for courses, however, and WISER asks for department permission to register for an elective course, please email Kevin Ziomek who has a list of which students have permission to sign up for which courses.  The plans of study below are offered to serve as examples of what students may want to take during each semester of their studies in the MHC program. We do not expect students to follow it exactly. We pride ourselves in giving students flexibility in shaping their course schedule.

Possible schedule for on campus students.   

Plan of Study for Students Attending In Person

First Year

Fall Term Credits

  1. COU 601 Research and Evaluation in Psychology
  2. COU 605 Vocational, Educational & Psych. Assessment   
  3. COU 608 Abnormal Psychology   
  4. COU 614 Counseling Theory and Practice I  (only taught in Fall, prereq for many other courses)

Spring Term Credits

  1. COU 606 Ethical Standards and Professional Issues in Counseling
  2. COU 615 Counseling Theory and Practice II OR COU 617 Child & Adolescent Counseling
  3. COU 616 Group Counseling OR COU 650 Group Counseling for Children and Adolescents
  4. COU 620 Clinical Application of Human Development

Summer Term

  1. COU 688 Practicum
  2. Elective such as 664 or requirement such as 605, 613 or 672 

Note: COU 605, 613, 664, and 672 will only be offered in the summer

Second Year

Fall Term Credits

  1. Elective (such as COU 622)
  2. COU 653  Diversity in Counseling
  3. COU 672 Substance Abuse and the Family  
  4. COU 698 Internship       

Spring Term Credits

  1. Elective  (such as COU 617 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy; COU 624 or 627)
  2. COU 613 Vocational Development & Career Information     
  3. COU 674 Psychopharmacology     
  4. COU 698 Internship      

Summer Credits

Any remaining courses like a remaining elective; students who have a course or two to take in the summer are still permitted to walk in June at graduation. 

Schedule considerations:

  • 613 and 674 are not offered in the Fall
  • 622 is only offered in the Fall
  • 615 and 617 are only offered in the Spring
  • 650 depends on room in the SC and SPY courses Fall and Spring
  • 624 and 627 are offered only in the Spring and online too
  • 664 offered only in the summer and online

Required field experience : COUNSL 688 (100 hrs.) and two semester of COUNSL 698 (300 hrs per semester, 6 credits per semester, 600 hours and 12 credits total).

Required capstone : The capstone for Mental Health Counseling is a clinical case analysis that includes a taped and transcripted counseling session and a detailed analysis of the contextual, developmental, ethical, psychosocial, treatment, and counter-transference issues as they apply to the case.

Minimum grade requirement :The department's minimum grade requirement is B-. If a student receives a lower grade in a course, he or she will need to take that course again.