Program Requirements

  • Student Internship

  • Students role playing

  • West Plains Spring 2016

  • Dr. Mingo presenting

Program requirements

All students are required to complete a 47 hour professional counseling core and a minimum of 13 credit hours in one of two counseling options: (a) School Counseling or (b) Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 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 School Counseling option.

Total required hours for each option area are:

  • School Counseling: 60 hrs
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 60 hrs

Counseling core

Course Code

Course Title Credit Hours
COU 701 Assessment and Testing for Counselors 3 hrs
COU 703 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice in School and Mental Health Counseling 3 hrs
COU 705 Orientation to Personal and Professional Development in Mental Health and School Counseling 1 hr
COU 707 Human Growth and Development 3 hrs
COU 708 Play Therapy and Child Counseling Techniques 3 hrs
COU 710 Counseling and Helping Relationships 2 hrs
COU 711 Counseling and Helping Relationships Lab 1 hr
COU 714 Social-Cultural Diversity in Counseling 3 hrs
COU 716 Adolescent and Young Adult Counseling in School and Mental Health Settings 1 hr
COU 720 Substance Abuse and Addiction Issues in Counseling 3 hrs
COU 724 Assessment and Diagnosis 3 hrs
COU 733 Couples and Family Counseling 3 hrs
COU 751 Theories and Techniques in Counseling 3 hrs
COU 752
or
COU 754
Career Development
or
Counseling for Post-Secondary and Career Readiness K-12
3 hrs
COU 756
or
COU 757
Group Counseling and Group Work
or
Group Counseling Through Play
3 hrs
COU 768 Crisis Counseling and Disaster Mental Health Response 3 hrs
COU 777 Counseling Practicum 2 hrs
COU 794 Introduction to Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling 2 hrs
COU 765 Research and Program Evaluation Seminar in Counseling 2 hrs
Total 47 hrs

School Counseling option

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
  Core Credit Hours 47 hrs
COU 704 Introduction to School Counseling 2 hrs
COU 779 School Counseling Practicum 2 hrs
COU 781 Secondary School Counseling Internship 3 hrs
COU 783 Elementary School Counseling Internship 3 hrs
  Counseling Electives 3 hrs
Total 60 hrs


Clinical Mental Health Counseling option

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
  Core Credit Hours 47 hrs
COU 709 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling 1 hr
COU 778 Mental Health Counseling Practicum 2 hrs
COU 785 Mental Health Counseling Internship 6 hrs
  Counseling Electives 4 hrs
Total 60 hrs

Courses that students may choose from to get to the 3-4 credit hours of required electives can include:

  • Any course in the two counseling option tracks
  • Any course in EdS, Special Education and Assessment degree not otherwise listed above
  • COU 700 - Problems in Counseling (1-3 hrs)
  • COU 753 - Analysis of Childhood Learning and Adjustment (3 hrs)
  • COU 766 - Psychopharmacology for Counselors (3 hrs)
  • COU 787 - Advanced Play Therapy Practicum (3 hrs)
  • COU 789 - Advanced Level: Play Therapy Supervisor (3 hrs)
  • COU 795 - Topics in Counseling (1-3 hrs)
  • COU 799 - Thesis (1-6 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.