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Master of Science in Counselor Education

Master of Science
Major: Counselor Education
CONCENTRATION: CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

   The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through March 31, 2018. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines. 

Basic Requirements (9 semester hours):

   ECG 501       Assessment in Counseling (3)

   EFD 500        Research in Education (3)

   EPY 525        Lifespan Development (3)

 

Core Requirements (30 semester hours):

   ECG 506       Professional Counseling Orientation and Technology (3)

                        (Required first semester of enrollment.)

   ECG 523       Social and Diversity Issues in Counseling (3)

   ECG 525       Pre-practicum: Skills & Techniques in Counseling (3).

                         (Prerequisites: ECG 506 and ECG 553)

   ECG 526       Professional Ethics and Legal Issues (3)

   ECG 553       Theory and Process (3)

   ECG 556       Career Development (3)

   ECG 585       Practicum:  Applied Skills & Techniques in Counseling (3)

                     (Prerequisites: ECG 506, 525, 553, 591, and passing score on Midpoint Exam )

   ECG 591       Group Procedures in Counseling (3)

                     (Prerequisites: ECG 506 and 553)

   ECG 595       Clinical Experience I in Mental Health Counseling (3).                                                 

                     (Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and ECG 585)

   ECG 596       Clinical Experience II in Mental Health Counseling (3).

                     (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and ECG 585)

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration Courses (21 semester hours):

   ECG 530       Couple, Marriage & Family Counseling (3).

   ECG 540       Psychopathology:  Diagnosis & Treatment of DSM Disorders (3). 

   ECG 558       Counseling Children/Adolescents (3)

   ECG 560       Substance and Behavioral Addictions in Counseling (3).

   ECG 565       Psychopharmacology (3)

   ECG 588       Crisis Counseling Intervention Strategies  (3). 

   ECG 589       Psychological First Aid & Disaster Counseling (3).

            60 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

                                                                  

Notes:

         Students in this program are required to purchase College LiveText. College LiveText Education Solutions is a complete development, management, and assessment solution specifically designed for colleges and universities. Additional information on College LiveText can be obtained at http://livetext.com

         Successful completion of the Praxis II exam is required prior to internship.

 


 

MASTER OF SCIENCE
MAJOR: COUNSELOR EDUCATION
CONCENTRATION: SCHOOL COUNSELING (P-12)

 

Basic Requirements (9-12 semester hours):

  ECG 501     Assessment in Counseling (3)

  EFD 500      Research in Education (3)

  EPY 525      Lifespan Development (3)

  *SPE 500    Survey Course in Special Education (3)

                  (Students who have not previously satisfied the special education requirement at the undergraduate or graduate level must take SPE 500.)

Counseling Core Courses (27 semester hours):

  ECG 506     Professional Counseling Orientation and Technology (3)

                  (required first semester of enrollment)

  ECG 525     Pre-practicum: Skills & Techniques in Counseling (3)

  ECG 526     Professional Ethics and Legal Issues (3)

  ECG 553     Theory and Process (3)

  ECG 556     Career Development (3)

  ECG 585     Practicum: Applied Skills & Techniques in Counseling (3)

                     (Prerequisites: ECG 506, 525, 553, and 591)

  ECG 591     Group Procedures in Counseling (3)

                     (Prerequisites: ECG 506 and 553)

  ECG 593     Internship in School Counseling (3)

                     (Prerequisites: permission of instructor and ECG 585)

  ECG 594     Internship in School Counseling (3)

                     (Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and ECG 585)

 

School Counseling Concentration Courses (9 semester hours):

  ECG 523     Social and Diversity Issues in Counseling (3)

  ECG 527     Organization and Administration of Counseling Services (3)

  ECG 558     Counseling Children/Adolescents (3)


45-48* Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

 Notes:

   Admission to this program requires - 4th year (bachelor's) teacher certification in any area for students pursuing the traditional certification option  Students pursuing the non-certification admission option must successfully pass the National Counseling Exam (NCE) prior to enrollment in ECG 594 Internship in School Counseling.

   Completion of this program leads to eligibility for sixth-year teacher certification in school counseling.

   An overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale on all course work attempted is required for this program. Courses used toward the master’s degree may not be repeated or counted for the Ed.S. degree.  The purposes of a Class AA program shall be to prepare educators on the sixth-year level to serve effectively in instructional support positions.  Persons who complete Class AA programs shall have acquired knowledge and skills above the level required for completion of a Class A program.

   Successful completion of the Praxis II exam is required prior to taking Internship, ECG 593 and ECG 594. 

   Experience verfication from the applicant's school system or systems showing two years of teaching experience is required prior to graduation from the program for students pursuing the traditional certification option. 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of the Two Routes for School Counseling Majors

Jacksonville State University

Certified   Option (Traditional)

Non-Certified   Option (CACREP)

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree   from  an accredited institution,   or  the equivalent from an   international institution

Required

Required

Professional educator certification

Required1

Not required

Clear background check

Required

Required

Program Completion Requirements

Completion of all   program coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA with no grade less than a C

Required

Required

Passing score on the   basic skills assessment of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing  Program (APTTP)

Required

Required

Passing score on the   Praxis II test #0420(must be completed prior to ECG 593 Internship in School   Counseling)

Required

Required

Satisfactory completion   of oral and written examinations

Required

Required

Additional Certification Requirements2

Alabama class B   certification in a teaching field or Alabama class A certification in another   area of instructional support

Required for AL   certification

Not required for AL   certification

Two years of full-time   satisfactory teaching experience

Required for AL SCO   certification

Not required for AL SCO   certification

Passing score on the   National Counseling Exam (NCE) (must be completed prior to enrollment in ECG   594 Internship in School Counseling)

Not required

Required

 

1 Individuals pursuing the traditional approach to school counseling certification must hold a bachelor’s- or master’s-level professional educator certificate in a teaching field or master’s level professional educator certificate in another area of instructional support

2  Certification requirements may be completed after graduation but must be completed and documented before the college’s Certification Officer can verify to Alabama or another state that a State-approved and CACREP-accredited program has been completed at an NCATE-accredited institution. Individuals seeking certification in states other than Alabama are responsible for contacting those state certification offices regarding school counseling certification requirements.

 

 

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