Academics

Degrees, Licensure & Certificates

Degree Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in the program's core curriculum and in all subsequent requirements. A total of 60 credits are required. In addition, two evaluative experiences are required to monitor the progress of matriculated students. The first follows the student's completion of 10 academic courses and precedes the internship placement. Before beginning the internship placement, each student must formally demonstrate the academic and personal readiness to be an ethical and responsible counselor-in-training. The second is a Capstone experience requiring MEd candidates to demonstrate their ability to apply, integrate, and synthesize what they have learned. The nature of the capstone experience is described below.

School Counseling

Required courses (60 credits):

Required courses include graduate courses in research in psychology, medical aspects of disabilities, principles of assessment, ethical standards and professional issues in counseling, abnormal psychology, vocational development, counseling theories and practice, individual counseling, lifespan human development, family therapy theories, orientation to professional school counseling, group counseling, perspectives in cross-cultural counseling, and child abuse and neglect, such as:

COUNSL 601 Research & Evaluation in Psychology

COUNSL 613 Vocational Development & Career Information

COUNSL 630 Orientation to Professional School Counseling

COUNSL 602 Medical & Psychological Aspects of Disabilities

COUNSL 614 Counseling Theory & Practice

COUNSL 650 Group Counseling for Children & Adolescents

COUNSL 605 Principles of Vocational, Educational & Psychological Assessment

COUNSL 617 Child & Adolescent Counseling

COUNSL 653Perspectives in Cross-Cultural Counseling

COUNSL 606 Ethical Standards & Professional Issues in Counseling

COUNSL 620 Clinical Application of Human Development

COUNSL 635 Behavioral Counseling

COUNSL 608 Abnormal Psychology

COUNSL 622 Family Therapy Theories

COUNSL 632Collaborative Consultation in Schools

Required field experience:

COUNSL 688 (Practicum) (100 hours)

COUNSL 698 (Internship) (two semesters: 300 hours per semester, six credits per semester/600 hours and 12 credits total)

MTEL: Prior to enrolling in the internship, School Counseling students must pass the literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Required Capstone: For the MEd in School Counseling, students are required to pass a Capstone project containing three components: (1) an accountability school counseling practice, (2) a solution-focused case study, and (3) a parent and/or teacher workshop or professional presentation. A portfolio collection of Internship work samples is required to demonstrate skills and competencies in four areas: counseling, consultation, coordination, and curriculum.

Please contact Tim Poynton if you are interested in applying to the School Counseling program.