Program Requirements

  • Student Internship

  • Students role playing

  • West Plains Spring 2016

  • Dr. Mingo presenting

Program requirements

All students are required to complete a 27 hour professional counseling core.  Students in each option will complete additional requirements as specified below and may complete additional courses as electives.  Students interested in K-12 School Counseling certification should complete the Elementary School Counseling option requirements, and add one course (COU 781), which may be completed during or after the masters degree program itself.  School Counseling option students who also wish to be eligible for national NBCC counselor certification and Missouri LPC licensure should add COU 785 Internship (3) as an elective to their programs.  

Total required hours for each option area are:

Elementary School Counseling 48 hrs
Secondary School Counseling 48 hrs
Mental Health Counseling 60 hrs

Counseling Core

Course Code
Course Title
Credit Hours
COU 701 Tests and Measurements for Counselors 3 hrs
COU 705 Orientation to Personal and Professional Development 3 hrs
COU 707 Human Development and Personality 3 hrs
COU 710 The Helping Relationship 2 hrs
COU 711 The Helping Relationship Lab 1 hr
COU 714 Diversity and Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 hrs
COU 752 Career Development 3 hrs
COU 756
or
COU 757
Group Counseling
or
Elementary Group Counseling Through Play
3 hrs
COU 794 Introduction to Research in Counseling 3 hrs
COU 765 Research Seminar in Counseling 3 hrs
  Total 27 hrs

Elementary School Counseling option

Course Code
Course Title
Credit Hours
  Core Credit Hours 27 hrs
COU 702 School Counseling Foundations and Ethics 3 hrs
COU 708 Child Counseling Theories and Techniques 3 hrs
COU 733 Couple and Family Counseling 3 hrs
COU 753 Analysis of Childhood Learning and Adjustment 3 hrs
COU 782 Elementary School Counseling Practicum 3 hrs
COU 783 Elementary School Counseling Internship 6 hrs
  Total 48 hrs

Secondary School Counseling option

Course Code
Course Title
Credit Hours
  Core Credit Hours 27 hrs
COU 702 School Counseling Foundations and Ethics 3 hrs
COU 724 Appraisal and Clinical Interviewing              3 hrs
COU 733 Couple and Family Counseling 3 hrs
COU 751 Theories and Techniques of Counseling          3 hrs
COU 780 Secondary School Counseling Practicum    3 hrs
COU 781 Secondary School Counseling Internship 6 hrs
  Total 48 hrs

Mental Health Counseling option

Course Code
Course Title
Credit Hours
  Core Credit Hours 27 hrs
COU 703 Mental Health Counseling Foundations and Ethics         3 hrs
COU 724 Appraisal and Clinical Interviewing              3 hrs
COU 733 Couple and Family Counseling                      3 hrs
COU 751 Theories and Techniques of Counseling          3 hrs
COU 784   Mental Health Counseling Practicum 3 hrs
COU 785   Mental Health  Counseling Internship 6 hrs
  Electives 12 hrs
  Total 60 hrs

For students interested in school counselor certification who do not have a teaching degree and certificate, additional course work in teaching will be required in the following areas: Psychology of the Exceptional Child, Teaching Methods/Practices and Classroom Management. These courses are not part of the degree program, but are required for certification in Missouri.