Master of Science, Counselor Education with Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education
The mission of the student development master’s degree program is to prepare graduates to function effectively as student development specialists in rapidly changing institutions of higher education. Students are trained to understand and to meet the developmental needs of college students, taking into account worldviews and expectations which are influenced by age, ethnic background, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and other “non-traditional” perspectives. Graduates are prepared to function as student affairs professionals in higher education settings, such as student activities, academic advising, career counseling, orientation, first-year experience programs, residence halls, and learning centers.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students in the program are expected to:
• demonstrate knowledge of theory, practice, and ethical standards relative to the practice of student development in higher education;
• demonstrate appropriate counseling, advising, and group facilitation techniques for use with students, staff, and faculty in higher education;
• demonstrate the ability to collaborate with colleagues throughout their institutions for purposes of creating and assessing learning experiences for students;
• identify a wide range of world views based on culture and life experience, including their own, and use this understanding to communicate effectively across cultural and personal differences; and
• demonstrate knowledge of federal and state laws pertinent to roles and functions of student affairs professionals and to the responsible management of colleges and universities.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION
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)
Course and Capstone Requirements
Core Courses (12 credits):
CNSL 500 The Dynamics of Group Behavior 3
CNSL 501 Theories and Techniques in Counseling 6
CNSL 503 Supervised Counseling Practicum 3
Directed Electives (30 credits):
CNSL 521 Career Counseling and Development 3
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling 3
CNSL 530 Student Development in Higher Education 3
CNSL 531 Student Services in Higher Education 3
CNSL 532 Program Design in Student Services 3
CNSL 533 Legal, Financial, and Policy Issues in Student Affairs 3
CNSL 592 Supervised Internship in Higher Education (two semesters) 6
ED 598 or CNSL 598* Research in Education 3 Additional course as approved by advisor 3
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)
* ED 598 or CNSL 598 may be waived by advisor based on undergraduate record of statistics and research.