Master of Science, Counselor Education with Specialization in School Counseling
The School Counseling Program prepares students for professional careers as counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools. Emphasis is on a comprehensive model of school counseling that is described in the National Standards for School Counseling of the American School Counseling Association and a document entitled “Best Practices for School Counseling in Connecticut.” The curriculum follows the certification requirements of the Connecticut State Department of Education.
Program Objectives will:
- Learn the five roles of school counselors* and describe ways in which these roles interact in school and community settings (*Coordinator, consultant, manager, teacher and counselor identified by the Connecticut School Counselors Association).
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories of counseling, including those which address the needs and developmental processes of persons of color, ethnic minorities, disabled persons, and women.
- Demonstrate proficiency in developmental counseling, program development and program evaluation.
- Demonstrate proficiency in group processes as used in counseling, peer and parent education and consultation.
- Articulate a personal theory of counseling and guidance on which they base their work in the schools.
- Work in a variety of schools in urban, suburban and rural settings in volunteer, practicum and internship experiences and receive supervision in all settings.
- Become knowledgeable consumers of research in school counseling and related areas and learn to apply current research to practice.
- Develop and articulate a strong sense of professional identity as ethical, multicultural competent school counselors.
Admissions to the School Counseling, Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling, and Student Development in Higher Education programs are made on a competitive basis only one time per year. All applications must be completed and received by April 1 for fall admission. Candidates for admission will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
1. Grade point average: Minimum 2.70 grade point average (GPA) for all undergraduate courses and a 3.00 for all graduate courses, based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00
2. Three recommendations from individuals able to testify to the student’s suitability as a prospective counselor
3. A 2–3 page typewritten (double spaced) essay describing the following:
a. Reasons for entering the counseling profession.
b. Personal and professional experiences that influenced you to pursue the counseling profession.
c. Personal characteristics you believe will contribute to your success as a counselor.
4. A personal interview by the program’s faculty admissions committee. The committee will assess the student’s personal attributes and life experiences that might contribute to the student’s potential for success as a professional counselor.
The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college/university (except CCSU) where any course has been taken must be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.
Recommendations and the essay must be sent directly to the Counseling and Family Therapy Department. (Contact: 860-832-2154)
ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING
Documentation that the applicant has successfully passed all three parts of the Praxis I PPST Test or qualifies for a waiver. More information about the PRAXIS I PPST tests may be obtained by calling 609-771-7395 or by accessing the PRAXIS website at www.ets.org/Praxis.
Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all students in teacher/educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences. The procedures for obtaining the background checks and the length of time they are valid will be established by the State Department of Education and cannot be changed. You will be responsible for the cost of the background check and will be provided with the necessary consent forms and other documents needed to conduct it. As part of the background check, you will need to be fingerprinted. If you fail to pass the background check, you may be unable to complete your chosen degree program at Central Connecticut State University. The University will not be responsible for your inability to complete your chosen degree program
REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING
Course and Capstone Requirements (51–54 credits):
(Available only to those students in the Professional Program in Teacher Education)
Graduates are prepared for positions as counselors in public and private schools. The program is designed to meet the certification requirements of the State of Connecticut and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
Educational Programs. Core Courses (15 credits):
CNSL 500 The Dynamics of Group Behavior 3
CNSL 501 Theories and Techniques in Counseling 6
CNSL 503 Supervised Counseling Practicum 3
CNSL 505 Counseling and Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
Specialized Courses (33 credits):
CNSL 504 Professional Studies in Counseling 3
CNSL 506 Counseling Children & Adolescents 3
CNSL 520 Guidance Principles, Organization and Administration 3
CNSL 521 Career Counseling and Development 3
CNSL 522 Appraisal Procedures in Counseling 3
CNSL 524 Consulting in the Schools 3
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling 3
CNSL 526 Principles of Comprehensive School Counseling 3
CNSL 568 Alcohol and Drug Counseling 3
CNSL 591 Supervised School Guidance
Internship (three credits for two semesters)
CNSL 598 Research Methods in Counseling
Capstone (0–3 credits):
Plan A: CNSL 599 Thesis 3
Plan B: Comprehensive Exam (consists of a major case presentation done in conjunction with the student’s internship experience)
Additional coursework required:
An undergraduate or graduate course in education of exceptional learners which includes material relating to the special educational needs of students with physical and mental disabilities, the learning disabled, and the gifted and talented.
An undergraduate or graduate course in contemporary education issues.