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Critical Courses

Your critical courses are the specific core courses required for your masters in counseling degree plus the courses required for the school counselor concentration — not including other electives. You are required to have 60 credit hours to earn your degree.

Counseling Courses

Each course is 3 credits for a total of 30 credit hours of core courses.

  • COUN 500 Professional Orientation
  • COUN 501 Methods of Inquiry in Counseling Research
  • COUN 502 Theories of Counseling
  • COUN 504 Theories and Techniques of Appraisal for Counselors
  • COUN 505 Helping Relationships
  • COUN 506 Multicultural Counseling
  • COUN 507 Lifestyle and Career Development
  • COUN 509 Group Processes
  • COUN 524 Counseling and Development Across the Lifespan
  • COUN 521 Advanced Seminar in Counseling

School Counseling Concentration Courses

Each course is 3 credits for a total of 12 credit hours for your concentration in School Counseling.

  • COUN 503 Principles and Administration of School Counseling Programs
  • COUN 514 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • COUN 526 Issues and Trends in School Counseling
  • COUN 553 Advanced School Counseling

Clinical Field Experience

You are required to spend time working in real-world settings in order to gain the practical experience you need to be an effective school counselor. Those courses are:

  • COUN 539 Practicum (3 credits)
  • COUN 540 Internship (6-9 credits)


You are required to have 9 credit hours of approved electives within the counseling masters degree program, which can help you narrow your specialization or explore other areas in your field. All approved electives are 3 credit hours each. Choose your electives from the following:

  • COUN 510 Relationship, Marriage, and Family Counseling
  • COUN 550 Advanced Relationship, Marriage, and Family Counseling
  • COUN 511 Substance Abuse and Dependency Counseling
  • COUN 544 Introduction to Play Therapy
  • COUN 554 Advanced Play Therapy
  • COUN 522 Crisis Counseling
  • COUN 597 Independent Research