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General School Counseling Master of Science in School Counseling

School of Counseling and Human Services

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Residency Requirement(s):

Two six-day residencies. See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies, the Residencies page on Campus, and the Residency section, below, for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

Practicum/Internship Experience Requirement(s): 

Minimum of 100 practicum hours and 600 internship hours. See the Practicum/Internship Experience section, below, for more information. 

 

 

Eighteen Required Courses

 

 

72 quarter credits

COUN5004
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors

Learners in this course examine theories of lifespan development and behavior from a counseling perspective. Learners describe effective approaches in counseling, evaluate its historical and philosophical relevance to current practice, and apply theories and practices to advocate for diverse clientele. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and MS in School Counseling degree programs and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Couple and Family Systems, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, and Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services graduate certificate programs. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer

4 quarter credits
COUN5007
Research Methods for the Counseling Professions

This course provides an overview of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches to counseling research and program evaluation. Learners apply graduate-level approaches to research methodology for the counseling profession.

4 quarter credits
COUN5106
Assessment, Tests, and Measures

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

4 quarter credits
COUN5217
Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling

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. 

4 quarter credits
COUN5241 *
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

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): COUN-R5811.

4 quarter credits
COUN5279
Life Planning and Career Development

In this course, learners develop foundational knowledge and skills applicable to career counseling and development. Learners analyze theoretical models of career development as they relate to client interests, aptitudes, personalities, traits, values, and work preferences. In addition, learners explore the ways in which social interests, family relationships, cultural facets, and developmental factors and circumstances resulting from life transitions relate to career development across the lifespan. Learners also discuss legal and ethical issues associated with career counseling practice.

4 quarter credits
COUN5280
Introduction to School Counseling

This course introduces learners to the profession of school counseling. Learners examine the history and development of school counseling; investigate ethical and legal requirements for school counselors; explore the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model and service delivery systems, including specific programs and interventions; and analyze the multiple roles and functions of school counselors with various stakeholders.

4 quarter credits
COUN5284 *
School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation

This course provides a comprehensive approach to developing school counseling programs and services, as well as the data-driven decision making and accountability needed to sustain them. Learners investigate the needs, structure, specialized areas, and evaluation functions of school counseling programs and examine comprehensive models using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model as a framework. Prerequisite(s): COUN5241, COUN5812, COUN-R5811.

4 quarter credits
COUN5336
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations

This course introduces theory, research, and models that inform ethical and culturally competent counseling, as well as social justice advocacy, in a variety of settings. Learners assess how biopsychosocial characteristics and concerns of diverse populations impact access to and utilization of community-based resources, optimal development across the lifespan, and equity. Learners also present strategies to address the influence that their own heritage, attitudes, beliefs, and acculturative experiences has on the counseling process. In addition, learners identify effective counseling and advocacy strategies with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups, and explore the role of the counselor and advocate in promoting social justice at multiple levels.

4 quarter credits
COUN5338
Crisis Intervention, Trauma Response, and Emergency Management

Learners in this course examine skills and strategies for crisis intervention and prevention, response to trauma, and emergency management as they apply to the school counseling profession within K–12 school settings. Topics include responding to trauma; providing trauma-informed care; working with victims of trauma, abuse, or violence; developing crisis intervention and prevention plans; assessing risk of suicide and other risks; and analyzing and implementing emergency management plans. For MS in School Counseling and Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services graduate certificate learners only.  

4 quarter credits
COUN5420
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

In this course, learners examine common characteristics, risk factors, and warning signs of mental health and behavioral disorders affecting children and adolescents. Learners also critically evaluate diagnostic models, methods, and approaches and explore current DSM classifications and diagnostic issues related to children and adolescents. In addition, learners investigate the impact of common medications on learning, behavior, and mood in children and adolescents.

4 quarter credits
COUN5422 *
Counseling for College and Career Readiness

In this course, learners examine models of P–12 comprehensive career development. Learners also evaluate developmentally appropriate interventions and assessments that enhance career readiness, improve graduation rates, and promote equity in student achievement and college access.  Prerequisite(s): COUN5279, COUN-R5811.

4 quarter credits
COUN5812 *
Theories of Counseling with Children and Adolescents

Learners in this course expand upon foundational counseling and relationship-building skills by integrating brief and strengths-based theoretical approaches and interventions relevant to the practice of counseling in P–12 schools. Learners analyze the influence of biopsychosocial factors on child and adolescent development and design individualized interventions that enhance wellness and resilience.  Prerequisite(s): COUN5280.

4 quarter credits

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

COUN-R5811 *
Counseling Approaches and Techniques: School Counseling Residency Track 1

The first residency includes an online courseroom and a face-to-face residency experience. Learners engage in online courseroom activities to prepare themselves for the face-to-face experiential component, which provides them with the opportunity to practically apply knowledge gained in prior coursework. During the course, learners focus on developing school counseling skills, including building relationships; examining academic, career, and social/emotional assessments of P–12 students from diverse populations; consulting with teachers and parents; and applying ethical and legal standards. Learners also explore the identity, role, and function of the school counselor. Learners then engage in a face-to-face residency experience that guides them as they practice counseling approaches and methods. This course requires travel. Prerequisite(s): COUN5004, COUN5217, COUN5280, COUN5336. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
COUN-R5813 *
Advanced Counseling Approaches and Group Techniques: School Counseling Residency Track 2

The second residency includes an online courseroom and a face-to-face residency experience. Learners engage in online courseroom activities to prepare themselves for the face-toface experiential component. During the course, learners focus on developing advanced counseling skills, including building a range of therapeutic relationships; applying theory-based individual and group counseling techniques to P–12 students, families, and communities from diverse populations; and using assessment skills to identify student needs. Learners then engage in a face-toface residency experience that guides them as they integrate school counseling theories and methods with counseling practice. This residency provides 10 hours of group experience. This course requires travel. Prerequisite(s): COUN5812, COUN-R5811, completion of or concurrent registration in COUN5241. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
COUN6102 *
School Counseling Practicum

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. 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): COUN5007, COUN5106, COUN5284, COUN-R5813, completion of or concurrent registration in COUN5422 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
COUN6131 *
School Counseling Internship 1

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): COUN5420, COUN5422, COUN6102 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
COUN6132 *
School Counseling Internship 2

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 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

 

Total

 

72 quarter credits

 

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu).

Arkansas and Kentucky residents are not eligible to enroll in this degree program.

 
Residency

The residency requirement for the Master of Science in School Counseling degree program is satisfied by the completion of two residency tracks, each consisting of an online courseroom and a six-day residency (COUN-R5811 and COUN-R5813). Learners must have completed the residency requirement prior to starting their practicum (COUN6102). Each residency experience for the Master of Science in School Counseling degree program requires learners to receive a minimum of 40 total hours of training and practice in the areas of counseling skills, intervention, assessment, diversity, culture, and ethics.

Practicum/Internship Experience

Learners enrolled in the Master of School Counseling degree program complete supervised onsite counseling experiences as a requirement of their program. The practicum and internship experiences consist of the following online courses and supervised field work:

The practicum (COUN6102) is an online course that requires completion of 100 hours of supervised counseling experience performed at an approved fieldwork site. Learners apply the skills developed throughout the course of their program while working in a school, clinic, agency, or other setting that provides counseling services.

The internships (COUN6131 and COUN6132) are two online courses that require 600 total hours of experience completed under supervision at an approved fieldwork site. Learners may register for a third or fourth internship course (COUN6333 and COUN6334) should they need additional time or need to meet additional requirements for state licensure. The internships include a more intensive experience at the fieldwork site where learners continue to demonstrate the counseling competencies and proficiencies required in their program.

Learners should consult the Counselor Education Fieldwork Manual for a full description of the practicum/internship experience and all fieldwork requirements.

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