Course Requirements​

The Counseling Program requires students to earn a grade of B- or better in all Counseling (CSL) courses. A course must be repeated if a grade below a B- is earned.  A GPA of 3.0 is required before CSL students are eligible to be registered for CSL 552 (Practicum).  A grade of B or better in CSL 552, CSL 553 (Internship I), and CSL 554 (Internship II) is required. Any grade below a B in CSL 552, CSL 553, and CSL 554 is a failing grade and will require the student to repeat the course.

Social and Cultural Studies Courses: 8 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Counseling Courses: 28 quarter hours required, grade of B- or better required

Clinical Experience

Students complete their Clinical Experience during the last year in the program.  The Clinical Experience Courses include the Practicum, Internship in Counseling I, and Internship in Counseling II.  Students are enrolled in the Practicum course Autumn Quarter; Internship in Counseling I Winter Quarter; Internship in Counseling II Spring Quarter.  Students must complete a formal application process to participate in the Clinical Experience courses.  This includes attending a clinical orientation a full year before beginning the Clinical Experience, submitting an initial application, and securing a placement site.  Successful completion of the application requirements is noted on the Degree Progress Report. Consult academic advisor for additional information on application and course enrollment process.

Clinical Experience Courses:12 quarter hours required, grade of B or better required

All courses with the exception of CSL 512 and CSL 513 must be completed prior to being enrolled in the Practicum course.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Requirements: Non-credit, non-tuition, grade of B- or better required

The Master’s Thesis is written in conjunction with CSL 553 and CSL 554 and with faculty advisement.  Enrollment in CSL 559 and an oral examination are required.  Consult the M.A. Thesis Handbook for additional information.

CSL 552

PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING

The practicum course is the initial clinical experience for the CSL student. The student begins to see her- or himself as a counselor-in-training in an actual counseling setting and will develop and continue to work on mastery of counseling skills in a clinical setting. The practicum requires a minimum of 100 clock hours during the quarter.

CSL 553

INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING I

After the completion of fifteen courses, and consultation with one's advisor, the student-intern is assigned to an early childhood setting including schools, agencies, centers for young children. The student-intern functions under the joint supervision of a professionally qualified setting supervisor and a University clinical experience director for 150-300 clock hours of internship experience. A structured contract will include structured experiences expected of the student from both the setting and the University, signed by all parties, and used as an evaluative tool for the internship. During the internship the student-intern will complete a thesis/research project as part of the requirement for the Master of Arts degree. The thesis/research project is approved jointly by the internship supervisor and clinical experiences director. Ongoing reflective seminars will be part of the internship experience related to early childhood topics and counseling skills and processes.
Prerequisites:
CSL 552 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 554

INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING II

This course is a continuation of Internship I. The student-intern continues with 150-300 clock hours experience under supervision of the setting supervisor and University clinical experience director using a structured contract. The thesis/research project using action-oriented research processes is completed and orals are required for the student seeking an M.A. degree.
Prerequisites:
CSL 553 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

SCG 401

ADVANCED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Current research and theories in human development relating to motivation, personality, learning and socialization. Case studies and an analysis of various developmental problems.

SCG 410

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH: PURPOSES, ISSUES, AND METHODOLOGIES

(formerly CUG 400) This course will examine the basic questions, issues and theoretical frameworks central to the purpose, conceptualization, conduct, writing, reading and the use of educational research as a means for informing educational theory, practice and policy. Students will be exposed to the multiple frameworks which inform education research, the various methodologies employed in collecting and analyzing data and will examine the advantages, limitations and values implicit in conducting and evaluating research.

CSL 451

LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING

Professional counseling involves an interplay of ethics, personal values and legal implications of practice. This course initially attempts to focus on personal values and allows for the student to reflect upon his/her personal value systems. Several ethical codes related to the profession are studied so that the students will have the knowledge of professional ethical practice. An examination of local and federal laws regarding the interplay of these three components will be examined. The students, in the course, will engage in small groups, value clarification exercises, role-playing with lectures, video technology and guest speakers.
Prerequisites:
Status as a student in a College of Education Advanced Master's program is a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 452

INTRODUCTION TO THE COUNSELING PROFESSION

Upon completion of this course each student will be able to: 1) analyze human service organizations in terms of their mission, vision, beliefs, currents goals and strategies, organizational culture, organizational structures and leadership; 2) utilize visionary, strategic and operational planning processes to develop and organize a human services organization; 3) design various assessments of service outcomes of human services organizations; and 4) judge his or her effectiveness as a member of both a learning community and planning team.
Prerequisites:
Status as a student in a College of Education Advanced Master's program is a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 454

CAREER COUNSELING

Ways to assist the individual to choose, prepare for and progress in a career. Vocational testing, sources for occupational information are described. Computer guidance programs designed for career exploration will be studied. Also, the study of vocational behavior in relation to career paterns with special attention to the analysis of empirical data and theories pertaining to vocational choice will be considered. (Prerequisite: CSL 501).
Prerequisites:
CSL 501 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 458

GROUP COUNSELING

Study and ethics of group process, group theories, problems such as conflict resolution, leadership and membership styles re-examined. The class engages in a regular group experience. Opportunity to observe and participate in group work is provided. Criteria and formulation for conducting workshops with group process is considered.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451, CSL 452, CSL 467, CSL 501, CSL 510 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 461

TESTING AND APPRAISAL

Detailed analysis of intelligence, aptitude, personality, and achievement tests used with groups and individuals. The course is intended to familiarize students with various appraisal procedures and their utilization. Attention is given to the development of the institutional testing program.
Prerequisites:
SCG 410 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 467

COUNSELING THEORIES

The purpose of this course is to review counseling theories from affective, non-directive approaches to cognitive and behavioral approaches. The humanistic and existential frameworks in counseling will be reviewed. Techniques and process derived from these various counseling frameworks will be used in classroom laboratory experiences with use of follow-up videotaping assignments. Models of normalcy as well as knowledge and use of the DSM IV-R (2000) and review of psychopathology, highlighting neurotic personality disorders will be considered. In counseling children, play and art therapy processes will be applied.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451, CSL 452 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 501

COUNSELING SKILLS

This course examines oral communication skills as a dynamic in human relations. Through videotapes, role-playing and a variety of activities and experiences, students will explore ways to improve their own communication and counseling skills using the Ivey intentional interviewing approach. Feedback is given to the students, both in laboratory classroom exercises and in viewing videotape sessions. Skills emphasized include perception, verbal and nonverbal language, accurate and empathetic listening skills, focusing, thematizations, confrontation, conflict resolution and a process of directionality for change.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451, CSL 452 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 510

MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING

This course will assist students in understanding the need for formulating and implementing counselor/consultant roles with diverse communities. Attention will be on the students' integration of awareness, knowledge, attitudes, insights, and cultural identities. Moreover, students will develop the skills and expertise necessary for effective counseling and collaboration in a multicultural milieu.
Prerequisites:
CSL 452 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 511

SUPERVISION

This course will be an introduction to the theory and practice of supervision in the counseling profession. There will be a focus on the basic skills necessary for effective supervision of counselors. (Prerequisite: CSL 458).
Prerequisites:
CSL 458 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 512

CRISIS INTERVENTION

This course will provide students with an understanding of the individual in crisis. Focus will be on the common characteristics and manifestations of crisis and address methods and techniques of crisis intervention.
Prerequisites:
CSL 451, CSL 452, CSL 467, CSL 501 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 95

CLINICAL ORIENTATION

Students will be oriented to the expectations and requirements of the practicum and internship experiences in Human Services and Counseling

CSL 96

CLINICAL APPLICATION

This milestone course ensures that all students have met the requirements clinical placement.

CSL 97

CLINICAL PLACEMENT

This milestone course ensures that students have secured a clinical placement that fulfills all requirements for Human Services and Counseling Program.

CSL 513

CONSULTATION FOR COUNSELORS

This course will focus on the theory, techniques, practice and skill development needed to effectively provide consultation in communities and schools. Emphasis will be on the application of consultation and the role of the consultant.
Prerequisites:
CSL 458 and status as an Advanced Masters Education student are a prerequisite for this class.

CSL 559

THESIS RESEARCH IN COUNSELING

A student writing a thesis registers for this non-credit course. Where the thesis research and the writing of the thesis itself are prolonged beyond the usual time, the program advisor may require the student to register for additional credit.