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The Master of Science in Counseling requires a total of 60
semester hours as follows: 48 semester hours of core credits,
9 semester hours of emphasis credits and 3 semester hours of
counseling elective credits. These requirements include three
semester hours of credit in research and nine semester hours
of credit in field work. Students must pass a comprehensive
examination which must be taken near the end of the student’s
degree program. This examination covers all of the core areas
of the student’s field of study.

Core Requirements (credits)

  • CNSL 509: Theories of Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 510: Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 515: Lifespan Human Growth and Development (3)
  • CNSL 520: Research and Program Evaluation (3)
  • CNSL 540: Multicultural Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 543: Career Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 550*: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 552*: Group Work (3)
  • CNSL 554*: Introduction to Counseling Techniques (3)
  • CNSL 570*: Advanced Counseling Techniques (3)
  • CNSL 571: Crisis Intervention Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 573: Assessment in Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 584: Substance Abuse Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 590*: Practicum in Counseling (100 hours) (3)
  • CNSL 597*: Internship in Counseling I (300 hours) (3)
  • CNSL 598*: Internship in Counseling II (300 hours) (3)

*Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each prerequisite
clinical course in order to enroll in the next counseling skills
course. In the event a student earns a grade of “B-“ or lower in a
counseling skills course, the course must be repeated.

Areas of Emphasis

Select one of the following emphases:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

  • CNSL 580 Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 581 Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • CNSL 591 Supervision in Counseling (3)

School Counseling (SC)

  • CNSL 582 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
  • CNSL 583 School Counseling (3)
  • SPED 562 Individual Behavior and Classroom Management (3)

Electives

Select one of the following counseling electives:

  • CNSL 574 Introduction to Play Therapy (3)
  • CNSL 576 Psychopharmacology (3)
  • CNSL 577 Consultation in Counselor Education (3)
  • EDU 516 Best Practices: Research-Based Teaching Strategies (Only for School Counseling emphasis) (3)
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Textbooks & Course Materials

Find everything you need for class at our bookstore, in Fayette or online. Rental, digital and used book selections are available.