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Counselor Education (Co Ed)
John M. Littrell, Program Coordinator
Degrees Counselor Education offers work for the master of science and master of education degrees with a specialization in counselor education, and with the option of thesis or creative component. Courses are designed for cohort groups.
Emphasis The Counselor Education Program focuses on preparing educational leaders who work as counselors and/or consultants with clients in schools, communities, and/or businesses. The program prepares students for one of the following settings: elementary schools, secondary schools, or communities.
Prerequisites Prerequisite to major graduate work in educational leadership is completion of an undergraduate degree with coursework appropriate to the planned specialization, and evidence that the student ranks above average in scholastic achievement and promise of professional competence.
Learning Opportunities To become counselors who are educational leaders, Counselor Education master's students learn the art and science of counseling individuals, facilitating groups, and enhancing schools and communities. Opportunities are provided to engage students in an experiential curriculum, participate in relevant practical experiences in schools and communities, explore research related to their specializations, and present portfolios that summarize their cumulative learning.
Careers Graduates of the Master's Degree Program in Counselor Education are prepared for leadership roles as elementary or secondary school counselors and/or counselor consultants to individual clients, school districts, home schoolers, parochial and private schools, educational agencies, businesses, and communities.
Outcomes Graduates of the Master's Degree Program in Counselor Education will possess skills and knowledge for leadership, as well as skills as K-12 school counselors and counselor consultants. By the time of graduation, students will demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to:
Courses for Graduate students
Co Ed 501. Foundations of Counseling. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 8 credits in undergraduate education, sociology, or psychology. Counseling theories that facilitate change in individuals; professional roles and functions, professional organizations and associations, professional history and trends, ethical standards and legal issues, professional preparation standards, and professional credentials.
Co Ed 505. Art of Helping. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 501. Building skills in listening, responding, and developing counseling relationships.
Co Ed 510. Counseling Individuals I. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 501 and 505. Provides an understanding of counseling process with focus on counseling theories applicable to schools, ethics, career development, and social and cultural issues.
Co Ed 515. Counseling Individuals II. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 501 and 505. Provides an understanding of counseling process with focus on assessment and evaluation, developmental and learning theory, relevant research, and factors considered in application.
Co Ed 520. Counseling Specialization. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 510 and 515. Provides an in-depth opportunity to explore topics to develop an area of specialization.
Co Ed 530. Facilitating Groups I. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 520. Provides an understanding of the group counseling process with focus on group theories; ethics for group leaders; planning, implementing, and facilitating groups; dynamics and leader interventions at various group stages; accent on career development; participation in group laboratory activities.
Co Ed 535. Facilitating Groups II. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 520. Provides an understanding of the group counseling process with focus on issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society, school counseling skills, classroom management, learning theory, and assessment and evaluation of change.
Co Ed 541. Educational Consulting I. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 530 and 535. Historical philosophical, societal, cultural, economic, and political dimensions of schools and their relationships to communities; general principles of community intervention, prevention, consultation, and outreach; evaluation of programs and systems; school counseling skills; classroom management; and working with exceptional children.
Co Ed 545. Educational Consulting II. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 530 and 535. Understanding of the consulting process with focus on consulting theories and systems perspective; the role of the counselor as a consultant in a variety of settings; relationships between consultants and other professionals in these settings; organization, businesses, fiscal, and legal dimensions of the institutions and settings in which consultants practice.
Co Ed 590. Special Topics. Cr. 1 to 2. Prereq: 9 graduate hours in counselor education.
Co Ed 591. Internship. Cr. 1-6. F. Prereq: 541 and 545. Actively engaged within the school setting; counseling students, consulting with teachers and parents and coordinating activities that enhance student development and growth both in the cognitive and affective domains.
Co Ed 593. Workshop in Counseling and Guidance. Cr. 1 to 3. SS. Prereq: 9 hours in counselor education. Workshops are designed to give practicing counselors an in-depth exposure to a counseling issue or a counseling model with concurrent opportunity for application of the model. Offered when demand warrants.
Co Ed 599. Creative Component. Cr. 1 to 2. Prereq: 9 credits in counselor education.
Co Ed 604. Group Counseling Practicum. Cr. 1. F.S.SS. Prereq: 591A, 591B, or 591C and permission of instructor. Supervised experience facilitating and processing groups.
Co Ed 615. Seminar. Cr. 1 to 2. Prereq: 9 hours in counselor education. Seminars are designed to meet various needs of advanced master's students and practicing counselors. Offered when demand warrants.
Co Ed 690. Advanced Special Topics. Cr. arr. Prereq: 9 credits in counselor education.
Co Ed 699. Research. Cr. arr. Prereq: 9 credits in counselor education.
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