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MS Master of Science in School Counseling General School Counseling specialization

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Total program credits needed for graduation: 72

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.283.8039, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Program Course Descriptions & Requirements

Core Courses - 28 course quarter credits.

COUN5004
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course presents theories of human development and behavior throughout the lifecycle. Learners examine approaches for researching human development, including personality and moral development theory. Learners also focus on the developing person using the theoretical lenses of disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, and biology. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

COUN5006
Survey of Research Methodology (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course provides an overview of graduate-level approaches to research methodology. Learners study major research methodologies and quantitative and qualitative approaches to needs assessment, program evaluation, and program design. Learners may only earn credit for COUN5006 or CST5006 or HS5006 or SHB5006.

COUN5106
Assessment, Tests, and Measures (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

Learners in this course examine the assessment process and the use of tests and measures in counseling. Learners also explore the evolution of assessment methods, testing strategies and interpretation, and fundamental measurement constructs.

COUN5217
Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

In this course, learners evaluate current legal and ethical guidelines used in the counseling profession. Learners apply decision-making models and formulate effective collaboration strategies used to resolve legal and ethical issues that arise when working with children, adults, couples, and families. Learners also analyze how personal belief systems influence counselors’ responses to those issues.

COUN5241
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

Learners in this course examine the theoretical components and developmental aspects of groups. Topics include types of groups, group dynamics and processes, group leadership and membership roles, ethical awareness in relation to groups, and crisis management within groups. Prerequisite(s): Addiction Counseling learners must have completed COUN5940 and COUN-R5940. Career Counseling learners must have completed COUN5950 and COUN-R5950. Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy learners must have completed COUN5920 and COUN-R5920. Mental Health Counseling learners must have completed COUN5930 and COUN-R5930. School Counseling learners must have completed COUN5910 and COUN-R5910.

COUN5279
Life Planning and Career Development (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

In this course, learners develop foundational career counseling knowledge and skills and engage in professional career counseling activities. Learners examine the major models of career development and the ways clients’ interests, aptitudes, lifestyle preferences, social interests, familial responsibilities, and life transitions may impact the career development process. Learners also discuss legal and ethical issues associated with career counseling practice.

COUN5336
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course introduces theory and research related to culturally competent counseling and social justice advocacy. Learners consider the characteristics and concerns of diverse populations as they inform counseling and advocacy practices that promote optimal wellness and growth for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Learners also assess the influence of their own characteristics, attitudes, and beliefs on the counseling process; examine their roles in promoting social justice at multiple levels; and evaluate approaches for prevention of mental health issues in a multicultural society.

Specific Residential Colloquia or Clinical Experience Courses - 20 course quarter credits.

All academic courses listed below include specific residential colloquia, practice, or counseling skills experiences. Learners must complete prerequisites to be eligible to complete each course in the sequence.

COUN5910
School Counseling Pre-Practicum Course 1 (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This online course reinforces the school counseling skills developed in COUN-R5910, including building relationships; performing academic, career, personal, and social assessments of P – 12 children; consulting with teachers and parents; and applying ethical and legal standards of practice. Learners also explore the identity, role, and function of the school counselor, evaluate consultation processes, and continue to integrate school counseling theories and methods with counseling practice. COUN5910 must be taken the quarter immediately following COUN-R5910. Prerequisite(s): COUN-R5910; COUN5003 or COUN5004; COUN5215 or COUN5217; COUN5280; COUN5334 or COUN5336; COUN5338. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

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COUN-R5910
School Counseling Residential Colloquium Track 1 (NON-CREDIT)

The first residential colloquium includes a preparatory online courseroom and a residency experience. Learners engage in preparatory online courseroom activities to prepare themselves for the residency experience and focus on developing school counseling skills, including building relationships; performing academic, career, personal, and social assessments of P – 12 children; consulting with teachers and parents; and applying ethical and legal standards of practice. Learners then engage in a face-to-face residency experience that guides them as they integrate school counseling theories and methods with counseling practice.

COUN5910 must be taken the quarter immediately following COUN-R5910. Prerequisite(s): COUN5003 or COUN5004; COUN5215 or COUN5217; COUN5280; COUN5334 or COUN5336; COUN5338. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

COUN5911
School Counseling Pre-Practicum Course 2 (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This online course reinforces the advanced school counseling skills developed in COUN-R5911, including building relationships; applying theory-based individual and group counseling techniques to P–12 children, families, and communities; and performing substance abuse assessments. Learners also explore techniques for counseling individuals and groups of different cultures, races, and ethnicities and continue to integrate school counseling theories and methods with counseling practice.

COUN5911 must be taken the quarter immediately following COUN-R5911. Prerequisite(s): COUN5910, COUN-R5910, COUN-R5911, COUN5006, COUN5106, COUN5240, COUN5241, COUN5282. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

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COUN-R5911
School Counseling Residential Colloquium Track 2 (NON-CREDIT)

The second residential colloquium includes a preparatory online courseroom and a residency experience. Learners engage in preparatory online courseroom activities to prepare themselves for the residency experience and focus on developing advanced school counseling skills, including building relationships; applying theory-based individual and group counseling techniques to P–12 children, families, and communities; and performing substance abuse assessments. Learners then engage in a face-to-face residency experience that guides them as they integrate school counseling theories and methods with counseling practice. This residential colloquium provides 10 hours of group experience. COUN5911 must be taken the

quarter immediately following COUN-R5911. Prerequisite(s): COUN-R5910, COUN5910, COUN5006, COUN5106, COUN5240, COUN5241, COUN5282. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

COUN6102
School Counseling Practicum (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

The school counseling practicum is a supervised experience during which learners practice specific counseling skills, including interviewing, assessment, intervention, documentation, and consultation in a school counseling setting. Learners use fundamental communication and interviewing counseling approaches that promote student and school success. This course requires 100 hours of practicum experience, which must consist of no less than 40 hours of direct student contact, and no less than 12 hours of face-to-face individual and/or triadic supervision with site supervisors.

It is the learner’s responsibility to research and comply with the specific practicum and licensing or credentialing requirements of their states. Prerequisite(s): COUN5279, COUN5910, COUN5911 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

COUN6131
School Counseling Internship 1 (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This is the first course in a sequence of two required school counseling internship courses during which learners engage in the comprehensive work experience of a professional school counselor. Learners complete 600 total required contact hours comprised of a minimum of 240 hours of direct service contact with students, families, and other stakeholders and 24 hours of face-to-face individual and/or triadic supervision with site supervisors. Throughout this internship, learners develop and apply a broad spectrum of counseling skills in a school setting. In particular, learners create and deliver programs that address students’ academic, social, emotional, career, and developmental needs to assist students and parents during all phases of the educational process. The internship provides opportunities for learners to become familiar with a variety of professional activities and resources, including record keeping, assessment instruments, supervision, consultation, information, referral, in-service training, and staff meetings.

Grading for this course is S/NS. It is the learner’s responsibility to research and comply with the specific practicum and licensing or credentialing requirements of their states. Prerequisite(s): COUN6102, COUN6915 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

COUN6132
School Counseling Internship 2 (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This is the second course in a sequence of two required school counseling internship courses during which learners engage in the comprehensive work experience of a professional school counselor. Learners complete 600 total required contact hours comprised of a minimum of 240 hours of direct service contact with students, families, and other stakeholders and 24 hours of face-to-face individual and/or triadic supervision with site supervisors. Throughout this internship, learners develop and apply a broad spectrum of counseling skills in a school setting. In particular, learners create and deliver programs that address students’ academic, social, emotional, career, and developmental needs to assist students and parents during all phases of the educational process. The internship provides opportunities for learners to become familiar with a variety of professional activities and resources, including record keeping, assessment instruments, supervision, consultation, information, referral, in-service training, and staff meetings.

Grading for this course is S/NS. It is the learner’s responsibility to research and comply with the specific practicum and licensing or credentialing requirements of their states. Prerequisite(s): COUN6131, COUN6915 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

Specialization Courses - 24 course quarter credits.

COUN5240
Theories of Counseling and Guidance for Children and Adolescents (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

Learners in this course review current theories, research, and methods of counseling and guidance of children and adolescents. Topics include childhood abuse and trauma, the effect of family relationships on children and adolescents, methods of parent education, school counseling issues, and specialized techniques for working with challenging children and adolescents.

COUN5246
Contemporary Issues in School Counseling (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

In this course, learners gain an understanding of current global and systemic issues in the field of professional school counseling and explore career needs, addiction, and associated ways of supporting increasingly diverse student populations. Learners evaluate the effectiveness of preventative programs and interventions based on current school counseling trends and best practices; enhance their knowledge and skills in developing and implementing preventative programs and designing interventions that are proactive and responsive to student needs. Learners also develop a deeper understanding of the role of leadership and advocacy in their future as professional school counselors. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in COUN5910.

COUN5280
Introduction to School Counseling (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course introduces learners to the role and functions of the professional school counselor from academic, career, personal, and social perspectives. Learners analyze the history and current trends of school counseling programs and design leadership strategies to improve school environments across the P–12 curriculum. Learners also study models of prevention and intervention in school settings and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model as a professional framework for practice. Other course topics include community, environmental, and institutional factors that enhance or impede student success, and the role of racial, ethnic, and cultural issues in school counseling.

COUN5282
Developmental School Counseling and Student Services (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course provides a comprehensive, developmental approach to establishing and delivering school counseling programs and services, and the management, evaluation, and accountability needed to sustain them. Learners study the needs, structure, specialized areas, and evaluation functions of school counseling programs. Learners also examine comprehensive models of guidance using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model and the role of the school counselor as an advocate for social justice.

COUN5338
Crisis Intervention and Emergency Management (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

This course presents crisis intervention and emergency management strategies used in the counseling profession. Learners examine crisis intervention skills applicable to school, mental health, and other counseling settings and explore other related topics, including working with situational crises, developing crisis intervention and prevention plans, assessing suicide and other risks, and creating and implementing emergency management plans.

COUN6915
School Counseling Integrative Project (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

In this course, learners demonstrate proficiency in school counseling by applying learning from required courses to complete an analysis of a school counseling organization or system or to propose a new application in the professional school counseling field. Prerequisite(s): COUN5246. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

This program has not been reviewed or approved by Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania residents will have to apply and meet requirements for certification as out-of-state candidates.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. For more information on licensure, visit our licensure page.(Washington state learners are advised to go to: http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information).

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners requires graduates to first earn a Minnesota license and (if applicable) endorsement prior to applying for an Iowa license or endorsement. Capella assists learners seeking an Iowa license with understanding the Minnesota requirements and contacting state educator licensing offices. An Iowa resident seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Education Examiners must contact that Board for licensure requirements in Iowa. See the education licensure page for contact information.

Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you are required to complete two six-day residential colloquia (COUN-R5910, COUN-R5911).

Practicum / Internship Requirement

Toward the end of your academic program, you'll complete a clinical experience, often referred to as practicum or internship, in which you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you've learned in your coursework and residency experiences. For this specialization, you are required to complete a minimum of 100 total practicum hours and 600 internship hours.

General School Counseling

Develop your counseling skills in real world environments with the support of your Capella Faculty and fieldwork Site Supervisor.

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What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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