The Couples and Family Counseling track is designed to prepare counselors to work systemically with couples and families in a variety of settings.
Counseling Program Admission and Completion Requirements
The Counseling program limits its enrollment to 22 new students each fall and 22 each spring. There is no deadline for the Counseling program. Completed applications for a particular cohort will be accepted until that cohort is filled. Any other applications received after that will be considered for the next cohort. Therefore, students are encouraged to apply early. Applicants must have attempted either the MAT or the GRE in order to be considered and must have submitted an acceptable score [MAT (388) or GRE (290-verbal + quantitative)] within the first 12 hours of coursework in order to obtain unconditional admission.
In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate study, students applying for the Counseling program must submit an essay with their application. This essay should be 4 to 6 paragraphs in length containing a brief statement of long range professional goals in counseling. The applicant’s name and track of choice should be included on the top of the document. This essay will be used by the department admissions committee in selecting applicants for the program. No application will be reviewed without the essay. In addition, a personal interview with the counseling faculty will be required. Applicants will be contacted regarding the scheduling of this interview after all other application materials have been received. Candidates for School Counseling must present evidence of a clear criminal background check.
Although the following curriculum outline is similar for the clinical mental health and school counseling tracks, the track selected will determine the specific courses, as well as the practicum and internship placement. Students in the School Counseling track must complete their internship in a school setting in order to qualify for the Class A Certificate in School Counseling. School Counseling students must also earn a passing score on the Praxis II and the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test in order to qualify for certification. Students in the School Counseling track will be required to take a special-education course if they have not previously done so. In addition, all students must earn a satisfactory score on a comprehensive examination covering the eight content areas required by CACREP. Students who do not pass the comprehensive exam in three attempts will be required to complete remediation determined by the faculty prior to a subsequent attempt. Each subsequent attempt will require additional remediation. A passing score must be achieved within the 6-year limit for degree completion or the degree will not be awarded. The passing score is 80 + Standard Error of Measurement S for the test administration. All students will be required to enroll in EDC 502 and EDC 515 during their first semester in the program unless otherwise specified by a faculty advisor. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in EDC 541 in order to enroll in the internship. Students must also earn a minimum grade of B in the internship to successfully complete and graduate from the program.