Counseling and Special Education
M.Ed. school counseling concentration

M.Ed. students celebrate school counseling week

The M.Ed. in counselor education with a concentration in school counseling is a 48-credit-hour program designed to prepare counselors for elementary, middle and high schools. The school counseling concentration leads to school counseling licensure and preparation for advanced graduate work at the post-master’s level. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) and requires a minimum of two years of study to complete.

The school counseling concentration prepares students for positions as professional school counselors. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for licensure or provisional licensure as school counselors in pk-12 settings. In addition to meeting the academic requirements delineated below, students in the school counseling Track must meet the technology standards approved by the Virginia Board of Education and supply proof of Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training.

Coursework

Program core (39 credit hours)

  • CLED 600 – Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in Counseling
  • CLED 601 – Theories of Counseling
  • CLED 602 – Techniques of Counseling
  • CLED 603 – Group Procedures in Counseling
  • CLED 604 – Practicum: School Counseling
  • CLED 605 – Career Information and Exploration
  • CLED 606 – Assessment Techniques for Counselors
  • CLED 607 – Multicultural Counseling in Education
  • CLED 612 – Seminar in Counseling
  • CLED 613 – Data Driven Comprehensive School Counseling
  • CLED 622 – School Counseling Services
  • CLED 672 – Internship: pk-12 School Counseling (six credits)

Foundation of Education courses (nine credit hours)

  • CLED/EDUS 615 – Lifespan Development: A Gender Perspective
  • EDUS 660 – Research Methods in Education
  • EDUS 673 – Seminar on Educational Issues, Ethics and Policy

Full-time student schedule

Summer (first year)

  • CLED 600 – Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in Counseling
  • CLED 601 – Theories of Counseling
  • EDUS 660 – Research Methods in Education

Fall (first year)

  • CLED 602 – Techniques of Counseling
  • CLED 603 – Group Procedures in Counseling
  • CLED 606 – Assessment Techniques for Counselors
  • CLED 613 – Data Driven Comprehensive School Counseling

Spring (first year)

  • CLED 604 – Practicum: School Counseling
  • CLED 605 – Career Information and Exploration
  • CLED 607 – Multicultural Counseling in Education
  • CLED 622 – School Counseling Services

Fall (second year)

  • CLED 672 – Internship I (three credits)
  • CLED 615 – Lifespan Development: A Gender Perspective
  • Elective

Spring (second year)

  • CLED 672 – Internship II (three credits)
  • CLED 612 – Seminar in Counseling
  • EDUS 673 – Seminar on Educational Issues, Ethics and Policy

Resources

Comprehensive Exam

A final, comprehensive examination is required of all degree candidates. In order to be eligible to take the comprehensive exam, students must have completed EDUS 604 or EDUS 605, EDUS 660 and all counseling core courses (excluding practicum and internships). Students are exempt from these requirements if they are graduating in the semester in which the exam is given.

The comprehensive exam is a nationally standardized exam for counselors-in-training. It consists of 160 questions. There are 20 items in each of the following areas:

  • Human growth and development: studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
  • Social and cultural foundations: studies that provide an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
  • Helping relationships: studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes (Theories and Techniques).
  • Group work: studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group work approaches.
  • Career and lifestyle development: studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors.
  • Appraisal: studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
  • Research and program evaluation: studies that provide an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical and legal considerations in research.
  • Professional orientation and ethics: studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing (based on the ACA Code of Ethics)

The comprehensive exam is given three times per year: on the first Saturday in October, on the first Saturday in March and on the second Saturday in July. Dates are subject to change if there is a conflict with university holidays.

Students must apply to take the exam 30 days prior to the exam date. An announcement for applications is made via the Department of Counseling and Special Education office support staff. The cost of the exam is $50, due on the day of the exam. Money orders only — no cash will be accepted.

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