Master of Science in Counselor Education with Specialization in School Counseling

Program Rationale:
The School Counseling Program prepares students for professional careers as counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools. Emphasis is on a comprehensive and developmental 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 standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and the certification requirements of the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Program Learning Outcomes:
Students in this program will be expected to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of theory, practice, and ethical standards relative to the practice of school counseling;
  • demonstrate appropriate counseling techniques and interventions for use within the academic, career, and personal/social domains;
  • demonstrate the ability to consult and collaborate with teachers, staff, administrators, and community-based organizations in understanding and meeting the needs of all students;
  • promote understanding and appreciation for diverse populations and cultures; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of federal and state laws pertinent to the role, function, and services of the school counselor.
Course and Capstone Requirements (51-54 credits):
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 (12 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) 6
Research (3 credits)
CNSL 598 Research in Counseling 3
Capstone (0-3 credits):
Plan A: CNSL 599 Thesis 3
or
Plan B: Comprehensive Exam (consists of a major case presentation done in conjunction with the student's internship experience)
Prerequisite Courses for Plan B (To be completed while in the program):
PSY 512 Life Span Development 3
SPED 501 Exceptional Learner 3
EDF 500 Educational Foundations 3
Fingerprint Based Background Check

Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all students in 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 is established by the State Department of Education and the local RESC, and cannot be changed. Students are 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, students need to be fingerprinted. Students who fail to pass the background check may be unable to complete their chosen degree program at Central Connecticut State University. The University is not responsible for a student’s inability to complete their chosen degree or certification program.

Graduate students who are not currently employed in the Public School will need to complete the background check before being placed in field experiences or doing research in the schools. Current school employees with background checks in place but who are placed in field experiences or do research outside of the district where they are employed may also be required to complete a new background check.

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