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Class Schedules and Courses*

*All schedules and course offerings are tentative and subject to change.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Counseling degree has two options. Students may pursue a specialization in School Counseling, which requires a minimum of 52 semester hours (s.h.) or they may select a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which requires a minimum of 60 s.h. Students should consult with their advisor regarding proper sequencing of courses and specialization in either option.

The Department of Counselor Education limits the number of allowable semester hours of “C” grades or lower to 6 semester hours.

In addition to curricular and experiential requirements, students are required to successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination (CN 655) prior to graduation.

School Counseling Option

A grade of A or B is required for the following courses: CN 500, CN 547, CN 548, CN 581, CN 593, and CN 597.

  1. Required Core Courses:.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 s.h.
    1. EIS 500 Methods of Research (3)
    2. CN 500 Introduction to Counseling Skills and Practice (3)
    3. CN 519 Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3)
    4. CN 540 Marriage, Family, and Relationship Counseling (3)
    5. CN 541 Lifestyles and Career Development (3)
    6. CN 542 Assessment Techniques in Counseling (3)
    7. CN 545 Counseling Theories and Applications (3)
    8. CN 547 Techniques of Counseling (3)
    9. CN 552 Counseling/Helping in a Multicultural Society (3)
    10. CN 554 Counseling Across the Lifespan (3)
    11. CN 581 Group Counseling: Theories and Procedures (3)
    12. CN 593 Practicum: Counseling (3)
    13. CN 597 Internship (5)
      CN 655 Comprehensive Exit Exam (0)*
  2. Required Directed Electives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 s.h.
    1. CN 544 Counseling Techniques for Children and Adolescents (3)
    2. CN 546 Developing and Managing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (2)
    3. CN 548 Legal and Ethical Issues for Professionals in School Counseling (1)
    4. CN 556 Developmental Counseling (3)
    5. CN 602 Principles of Mental Health Diagnosis and Pathology for Practitioners in School Settings (1)
    6. Elective (1)
    NOTE: All school counseling students are required to have content in methods of reading  and reading in the content area (school counseling). This is a requirement of the Illinois State Board of Education (105 ILCS 5/21B-20 Sec. 21B-20). This requirement may possibly be met through content in specific school counseling specialization courses.

TOTAL SCHOOL PROGRAM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 s.h.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Option

A grade of A or B is required for the following courses: CN 500, CN 547, CN 549, CN 581, CN 593, CN 597, CN 600, and CN 604.

  1. Required Core Courses:.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 s.h.
    1. EIS 500 Methods of Research (3)
    2. CN 500 Introduction to Counseling Skills and Practice (3)
    3. CN 519 Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3)
    4. CN 540 Marriage, Family, and Relationship Counseling (3)
    5. CN 541 Lifestyles and Career Development (3)
    6. CN 542 Assessment Techniques in Counseling (3)
    7. CN 545 Counseling Theories and Applications (3)
    8. CN 547 Techniques of Counseling (3)
    9. CN 552 Counseling/Helping in a Multicultural Society (3)
    10. CN 554 Counseling Across the Lifespan (3)
    11. CN 581 Group Counseling: Theories and Procedures (3)
    12. CN 593 Practicum: Counseling (3)
    13. CN 597 Internship (5)
      CN 655 Comprehensive Exit Examination (0)*
  2. Required Directed Electives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 s.h.
    1. CN 520 Foundations and Professional Orientation to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
    2. CN 521 Standards of Care and Management in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
    3. CN 522 Psychopharmacology in Counseling (1)
    4. CN 549 Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
    5. CN 551 Counseling for Addictions (3)
    6. CN 600 Diagnosis (3)
    7. CN 604 Psychopathology (3)

TOTAL CMHC PROGRAM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 s.h.

 

 

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*CN 655 will officially be offered starting Spring 2015. Please meet with your advisor regarding this requirement.