SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Master of Science in Education
With a Major in Counseling

The Master of Science in Education with a major in Counseling has two concentrations: 1) School Counseling and 2) Mental Health/Community Counseling. The school counselor concentration will prepare counselors to support teachers and other school personnel as well as parents in addressing the needs of students related to academic, career preparation, and personal growth and development. Students will be prepared to serve schools with grades pre-Kindergarten through twelve. The major in Counseling is an approved preparation program for School Counseling Licensure through the Division of Teacher Education and Accreditation Tennessee State Department of Education. Those wishing recommendations for Licensure in Tennessee for school counseling must hold a license to teach.

The Mental Health/Community Counseling concentration will prepare counselors for addressing the mental health needs of the community. See below for the Tennessee Professional Licensure (TPL) requirements.

Disclaimer

The School of Education is required to follow the directives of the State Department of Education which has the authority to make changes in certification standards. The university does not claim to prepare counselors for distinct specialties with its general degree programs in counseling. Students should consult their advisor or the coordinator to ascertain if their career goals require specialization in a certain area of counseling. Students who graduate from the counseling program and plan to enter private practice or need licensure for employment are responsible for meeting the licensure requirements in Tennessee for the Licensed Professional Counselor. Students are instructed to write the Tennessee Department of Health Related Boards, 283 Plus Park Blvd., Nashville, TN 37247-1010 for the board's licensure standards which may exceed the university's counseling degree program requirements.

I. FOUNDATION CORE (12 hours)

Ed Fnd 710 Research in Education
Ed Eval 710 Educational Statistics
Ed Fnd 720 Educational Studies: Social, Legal, and Political Dimensions in a Pluralistic Society
Ed Psyc 712 Learning & Instruction

II. CONCENTRATION (30 hours)

Ed Psyc 716 Growth and Development Across the Life Span
Ed Psyc 720 Introduction to Counseling
Ed Psyc 725 Theory & Techniques of Counseling
Ed Psyc 730 Career Development and Counseling
Ed Psyc 740 Group Dynamics
Ed Psyc 750 Personal Adjustment
Ed Psyc 760 Individual Appraisal
Ed Psyc 775 Counseling Children and Adolescents with Psychological Dysfunction
Ed Psyc 785 Counseling Laboratory
Electives Three hours of electives at the 600 level or above in Behavioral Sciences or Counseling related courses (should be taken outside of the School of Education)

FINAL PROJECT (3 hours)

Ed Psyc 786 Organization and Administration of Counseling Programs

CULMINATING EXPERIENCE (3 hours)

Ed Psyc 787 Internship in School Counseling (300 hours required 100 hours for each credit hour)

Note: A license to teach is required.

OR

Ed Psyc 788 Internship in Mental Health/Community Counseling in a non-school setting

(300 hours required 100 hours for each credit hour)

MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE : 48

Tennessee Professional Licensure (TPL) for Mental Health/Community Counseling

To qualify for the Tennessee Professional License (TPL), students are required to complete sixty (60) credit graduate hours in counseling. Thus, students who desire to complete the requirements for the TPL must complete the course work for the Master of Science in Education with a major in Counseling Program (48 credit hours) and select four courses (12 credit hours) from the following selection:

EP&G 781 Introduction to Marital & Family Counseling (3 hours)
EP&G 782 Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling (3 hours)
EP&G 783 Community Agency/Mental Counseling (3 hours)
CDFR 753 Assessment in Child Development and Family Relationships (3 hours)
SpEd 660 Behavior Interventions (3 hours)
Laboratory Requirement

Each student in the counseling program must complete a semester-long supervised lab experience (Ed Psyc 785). The lab requirement is available to students only upon the approval of the instructor and must be taken prior to the Internship. Application for completing the laboratory requirement must be submitted one semester in advance of the semester the experience is desired. Application may be obtained from the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Education.

Internship

Each student must complete a 300 clock hour semester Internship (Ed Psyc 787/788). The internship is a field experience in which students are required to apply the knowledge and skill acquired in previous course work to actual school/community settings. An application for completing an internship is required. The internship requirements will be fulfilled at an approved site. All prerequisites, core courses, and laboratory requirement, must be completed before the internship is begun.

Critical Paper

Each internship student must summarize and evaluate the internship experience in a critical synthesis paper.

Final Project

Each student must complete a final project in Ed Psyc 786 under the supervision of the course instructor during the term in which the student is enrolled in the course.

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive written examination must be taken by all students pursuing the Master of Science degree in Counseling. The examination will test a student's competencies and knowledge in the chosen area of specialization. The comprehensive examination should be taken after a student has met the following criteria:

A. Completed the course work in the Basic Core
B. Completed the course work in the area of Specialization
C. Made application to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Education prior to the semester the examination is desired.

Master of Science in Education With a Major in Teaching

The Master of Science in Education with a major in Teaching is available for those students who have obtained a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university and who are professionally licensed to teach, or who are seeking to obtain initial licensure at the Master's level to teach. The program is designed for those who are qualified and interested in working on an advanced professional degree for preparation to teach in the 21st Century. The program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required for teachers beyond the Year 2000.

The Major in Teaching is approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students select either an elementary or secondary concentration. If licensed, students also select either a thesis or non-thesis final project; initial licensure students complete 10 hours of student teaching.

I. BASIC CORE (21 hours)
Ed Eval 710 Educational Statistics
Ed Fnd 700 Educational Studies: Historical & Philosophical Dimensions
Ed Fnd 710 Research in Education
Ed Fnd 720 Educational Studies: Social, Legal, and Political Dimensions in a Pluralistic Society
Ed Psyc 740 Group Dynamics
Ed Stud 710 Models of Instruction, Curriculum Development, and Advanced Teaching Strategies
Ed Stud 750 Advanced Computer Applications and Technologies in Education

II. CONCENTRATION (10/16 hours)
A. Elementary Education (K-8)
Elem Ed 711 Learning Theory and Cognition Applied to the School Setting (K-8)
Elem Ed 740 Growth and Development in School Age Students (K-8)
Elem Ed 791-792 Advanced Education Seminar and Field Based Final Project (K-8) or 702-703 Master's Thesis (Holding Licensure Only)
Elem Ed 793 Student Teaching in Grades K-4 (Initial Licensure Only)
Elem Ed 794 Student Teaching in Grades 5-8 (Initial Licensure Only)
OR

B. Secondary Education (9-12)
Sec Ed 711 Learning Theory and Cognition Applied to the SchoolSetting (9-12)
Sec Ed 740 Growth & Development in School Age Students (9-12)
Sec Ed 791-792 Advanced Education Seminar and Field Based Final Project (9-12) or 702-703 Master's Thesis (Holding Licensure Only)
Sec Ed 793 Student Teaching in Grades 7-8 (Initial Licensure Only)
Sec Ed 794 Student Teaching in Grades 9-12 (Initial Licensure Only)

III. ELECTIVES (6 hours)
At least 3 hours should be taken in a content area and 3 hours should be taken outside of the discipline area and/or outside of the School of Education. No more than 3 hours may be at the 500 level.

K-8 Initial Licensure must take Reading 700 and 710

9-12 Initial Licensure must take Sec Ed 715 and 730

MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE : 37


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