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M.S.C. - Professional School Counseling

The M.S.C. - Professional School Counseling degree prepares future school counselors for service within public and private schools. Today, the changing needs of our society, and more specifically demands of the educational system, require new and innovative ways to prepare school counselors.

Carson-Newman school counseling faculty members have been leaders and innovators in the development of school counseling programs at all grade levels throughout their careers.  For us, mentoring of students is a high priority and includes quality training combined with service to professional organizations, the University, and the community. Graduates are equipped with the skills and competencies to be leaders as professional school counselors in diverse settings.

Carson-Newman provides a private school atmosphere at an affordable price comparable to graduate hours at public institutions.

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Course of Study

The Professional School Counseling program at Carson-Newman has a minimum total credit requirement of 51 semester hours. Candidates who successfully complete course requirements, earn a passing score on the Professional School Counselor specialty area test of the National Teachers Examination (Praxis Series), and earn a passing score on Program Comprehensive Examination will fulfill requirements for Tennessee licensure as a Professional School Counselor in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. To view sample course syllabus, click the desired course number.

CORE COURSES (30 hours)
COUN 502 Theories and Techniques of Counseling (3 hrs), FA/SP
COUN 514 Helping Relationships & Counseling Skills with Individuals and Families (3 hrs), FA
COUN 550 Holistic Counseling in a Diverse World (3 hrs), FA/SP, AHYB
COUN 565 Group Counseling Processes (3 hrs), FA/SP
EDUC 566 Issues in Human Development (3 hrs), FA/SP/SU, AOL
COUN 567 Career Development & Counseling (3 hrs), SP
COUN 585 Professional Orientation & Ethics in Counseling (3 hrs), FA/SU, AHYB
COUN 589 Counseling Practicum (3 hrs), FA/SP
COUN 611 Counseling & Development of Children & Adolescents (3 hrs), SP
COUN 630 Counseling Research & Program Evaluation (3 hrs), FA

 COUN 501 Foundations of School Counseling (3 hrs), FA
 COUN 568 Individual and Group Appraisal (3 hrs), SU, AHYB
 COUN 612 Consultation and Collaboration (3 hrs), SU, AHYB
 COUN 613 Design & Evaluation of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (3 hrs), FA/SP
 COUN 665 School Counseling Internship (6 hours required) (may be taken as two 3-hour courses) (pre-requisite COUN 589 or instructor approval)  FA/SP

ELECTIVE COURSES (Minimum 3 Hours)
COUN 561 School Orientation for Counselors (3 hrs), SP, AOL
SPED 508 Survey of Persons with Exceptionalities (3 hrs), FA/SP
COUN 664 Counseling Students for College Access and Success (3 hrs), SU, AHYB
COUN 580 Crisis & Trauma Counseling Interventions with Individuals & Families (3 hrs), FA
COUN 639 Reality Therapy/Choice Theory (3 hrs)
COUN 638 Play Therapy across the Lifespan (3 hrs)

Candidates who do not have a teaching license will be required to take COUN 561 School Orientation for Counselors in accordance with Tennessee licensure requirements. Candidates who have not had a course equivalent to SPED 508 Survey of Persons with Exceptionalities will be required to take SPED 508 and may use this course as an elective.


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