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Master of Science in Counseling

School Counseling

Students who pursue a Master of Science in Counseling under the School Counseling track may call themselves School Counselors and may qualify for School Counselor Certification and LPC licensure. They will receive similar clinical training as the clinical mental health track, but also focus on the K-12 school setting. The objectives of the School Counseling track are as follows:

o   Deliver high quality school counselor education required by CACREP

o   Prepare students to meet the Louisiana to become a Certified School Counselor in K-12 settings

o   Train students in current school counseling models that aid them in becoming leaders, advocates, collaborators, and change agents in the schools

o   Provide students with an abundance of supervised experiences designed to aid them in working effectively with students from a multicultural and pluralistic society

Students will study many of the latest theoretical orientations, treatment approaches, and school counseling models that are supported by research. Students will be trained as research consumers, giving them the skills to effectively critique research studies and evidence-based models and treatments. In addition, they will learn to integrate the many dimensions of humanity to fully conceptualize their students, such as the biological, psychological, interpersonal, and sociocultural-historical dimensions. Faculty provide all training using a solid research foundation under the scientist-practitioner model, meaning that counseling interventions taught will be based on theory supported by research.  

School Counseling Required Courses
COUN 5001  Introduction to Professional Counseling   3
COUN 5005  Counseling Theories   3
COUN 5010  Methods of Counseling  3
COUN 5011  Advanced Techniques in Counseling 3
COUN 6063  Law and Ethics in Counseling  3
COUN 6067  Group Counseling  3
COUN 5022  Lifespan Development 3
COUN 5081  Research in Counseling 3
COUN 5060  Career Counseling  3
COUN 5062  Clinical Assessment and Psychometrics 3
COUN 5021  Diagnostics in Counseling 3
COUN 5067  Principles of Administration of School Counseling Programs  3
COUN 6052  Multicultural Counseling  3
COUN 5065  Practicum  3
COUN 6070 School Counseling Internship I  3
COUN 6070 School Counseling Internship II  3
COUN 5066 School Counseling 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total Hours  60

Focus Areas

Due to the number of electives now available to students, focus areas under the School track may now be created between the student and their advisor. Some focus areas that may be of interest below can be revised during the advising process and are as follows:

Pediatric Focus
Completion of the 51 credit hours of required Counseling coursework

Pediatric Electives
COUN 6068 Play Therapy 3
PSYC 5003 Advanced Child Psychology 3
PSYC 5005 Advanced Adolescent Psychology 3
Total Hours 60

Marriage and Family Focus
Completion of the 51 credit hours of required Counseling coursework

Marriage and Family Electives
COUN 6060 Introduction to Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling 3
MAFT 7014 Couple and Marital Therapy 3
MAFT 7024 The Ecology of Psychopathology 3
Total Hours 60