Required Courses



EIS 500  

Methods of Research. (3) An introduction to the nature and techniques of contemporary social scientific research (including educational and human service).  Emphasis placed on developing research literacy through critically reading, examining, and evaluating the characteristics of both quantitative and qualitative research.  Additional emphasis on the critical issue of the nature of the relationship between research and its application to practice.

CN 500

Introduction to Counseling Skills and Practice (3) Introduction to the psychological, sociological, and educational reasons for and aspects of the helping relationship. This course combines theoretical knowledge of counseling with supervised practice in helping skills. Various counseling strategies will be presented through lecture, discussion, and audio/video presentations. The students will develop facilitative skills useful for human services professions. Grades of A or B required. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Counseling and permission of the Department Chairperson. Prerequisite/co-requisite: CN 545.

CN 519

Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3) This course is designed to acquaint students with the special models, theories, and techniques of crisis intervention. Special attention is given to grief and trauma. Topics include prevention and intervention. Crisis management resources are explored in relation to grief, post-traumatic stress, suicide, domestic violence, and child abuse. Ethical, legal, and social issues related to crisis intervention will also be addressed.

CN 540

Marriage, Family, and Relationship Counseling. (3) An introduction to basic concepts of family counseling and their application in school and agency settings.

CN 541

Lifestyles and Career Development. (3) Assisting clientele in various settings with life’s decisions; emphasis on development with respect to life roles; theories, procedures, materials, and informational resources related to lifestyle and career development counseling.

CN 542

Assessment Techniques in Counseling. (3) Principles of measurement and assessment. The use of various assessment instruments, achievements, aptitude, intelligence, interests, and personality. Supervision in administering, scoring, and interpreting of individual evaluation methods.

CN 545

Counseling Theories and Applications. (3) This course will survey the major concepts, practices, and applications of contemporary therapeutic systems in counseling. Students will gain an overview of the divergent contemporary approaches to counseling.

CN 547

Techniques of Counseling. (3) The development and mastery of basic counseling skills through a combination of didactic and experiential approaches. Video and audio tapes, role playing, simulation, and practice in procedures will be utilized. Graded A or B required for majors. Prerequisites: CN 500 with a grade of A or B; CN 545; CN 581 as a prerequisite or co-requisite. Majors only.

CN 552

Counseling/Helping in a Multicultural Society. (3) Didactic and experiential course to expand personal and professional relationship competencies in working with people in our contemporary pluralistic society. This course cannot be audited.

CN 554

Counseling Across the Lifespan. (3) This course will address counseling theory in relation to issues pertinent to human development from a counseling and prevention perspective. It will focus on contemporary counseling approaches in addressing stages of human development, from normal and abnormal populations across the lifespan, stages of human development within a contextual and cultural perspective, and issues pertinent to human development.

CN 581

Group Counseling: Theories and Procedures. (3) Didactic and experiential learning in group theory and practice. This course involves experience as a group participant to develop self-awareness, acceptance, and effective interpersonal skills. Grade of A or B required. Prerequisites or co-requisite: CN 500 and CN 545, lab fee required. Majors only.

CN 593

Practicum: Counseling. (3) Supervised experience in counseling. Prerequisites: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in all counseling coursework; a grade of A or B in CN 581 and CN 547; additionally, for the clinical mental health option a grade of A or B in CN 549 and CN 600; additionally, for the school option a grade of A or B in CN 548 and CN 602. Minimum Required 100 hours of Field Experience.

CN 597

Internship. (5) The student will be assigned to work under careful supervision at an approved internship site. The purpose of the 600 hour internship is to gain practical experience in applying the knowledge gained in didactic courses to his/her field of specialization. Graded A or B. Required to retake if grade of C or below. Prerequisite: A grade of A or B in CN 593. Graduate standing in Counseling. Minimum Required 600 hours of Field Experience.

CN 655

Comprehensive Examination. (0) The comprehensive examination is required of all degree-seeking counseling students to determine whether students have attained the level of competence in the field of counseling. A passing score is required for degree completion. Students must pass by 3rd attempt. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CN 597; have an overall average of ‘B’ or better in all core courses (CN 554, CN 552, CN 547, CN 581, CN 541, CN 515, and either CN 548 or CN 549); and be a student in good standing.

CN 544

Counseling Techniques for Children and Adolescents. (3) Counseling theories, skills, materials, and methods of reading/reading for working with children and adolescents are covered. Children’s developmental stages, tasks, and needs relative to clinical practice are applicable. Play therapy techniques, adventure based counseling skills, and consultation is included. Prerequisites: CN 500 and graduate standing in Counseling.

CN 546

Developing and Managing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs. (2) Procedures for planning, organizing, and evaluating a school counseling program. Principles of administration, staffing, and budgeting for the school counseling program will be studied. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Counseling or permission of the instructor.

CN 548

Legal and Ethical Issus for Professionals in School Counseling. (1) A study of the complex problems of law and ethics as they influence the field of school counseling and the school counselor’s role. Grade of A or B required for majors.

CN 556

Developmental Counseling. (3) A comprehensive developmental school counseling model will be presented. The model will be applicable for school counselors in public or private school settings, K-12. Prerequisites: CN 546 prerequisite or co-requisite, or approval of instructor.

CN 602

Principles of Mental Health Diagnosis and Pathology for Practitioners in School Settings. (1) Evidence suggests an increase in mental pathologies among elementary and secondary school students. This one-hour course provides an overview of child and adolescent pathologies and diagnostic procedures and criteria. The course is designed to help school counselors and other school professionals identify mental disorders among students in order to assist them with their academic development and school adjustment. This course will provide an introduction to the general principles of diagnosis and assessment. Prerequisite: CN 545. Majors only.


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School Counseling candidates who do not hold a teaching license must complete SPED 210/510, EIS 536, and EIS 405G to meet licensing requirements.