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Master's in Counseling Program

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Our current programs prepare students to earn licensure as either a Clinical Mental Health Counselor or a School Counselor. Since 2014, we have been highly ranked by numerous different agencies for our affordability and online program. Upon successful completion of your desired course of study and state mandated testing, you will be licensed in the area of your chosen degree.

 

The mission of the University of Tennessee at Martin's Masters of Science program in counseling is to prepare socially ethical and competent professionals in clinical mental health and school settings. We aspire to develop counselors who are technically skilled, personally aware, empathic, and accepting of the cultural and social differences of their clients or students.

 

The UTM Counselor Education Model is designed to develop counselors who are enhancers of human development and believe counselors should know how to improve learning through the use of a wide variety of materials including human and technological resources. Therefore, embedded within and intertwined among components of the conceptual framework are the commitments to diverse learners and the use of technology as an additional communication tools to enhance student learning.

 

Graduates who complete this program will have met the state requirements and will be eligible for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license or the Licensed Professional Counselor- Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MSHP) license. This program prepares students for community counseling in settings such as hospitals, health centers, community agencies, and etc. All graduate courses are online. There is a mandatory three-day residency on the UT Martin Campus upon the completion of 15 credit hours.

Program Highlights:

  • Hybrid (Online coursework with a mandatory 3 day residency on Martin campus).
  • NO GRE Required
  • Complete the program in as little as 24 months.
  • 60 credit hours
  • $620 a credit hour (Fall 2019 tuition rates)
  • No teaching experience required
  • Currently seeking CACREP Accreditation
  • Transfer Credits accepted

 

Credits

60 hours

Enrollment

Full or part time

Format

Online*

Duration

6 Semesters

Tuition

$620 credit hour

Semester of Entry

Fall, Spring, or Summer

 

 

*Online coursework with a mandatory three day on-campus residency.

Residency Information

All counseling students (both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students) are required to attend a three-day Residency program.

 

The Residency is offered twice a year, once in January and once in June. The Residency will be held on the Martin campus. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation and lodging. During this meeting students will participate in individual and group meetings with faculty and fellow students. Specific counseling topics will be presented and discussed and students will have a chance to role-play counseling techniques. As a faculty, we look forward to the Residency. This is our time to meet our students face-to-face, enjoy some casual time together, and strengthen our sense of community.

Program of Study

EDFN 710 Research in Education - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 721 Multicultural Issues in Education and Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 620 Introduction to Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 716 Growth and Development Across the Lifespan – 3 Credit Hours

COUN 722 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 725 Theory and Techniques of Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 730 Career Development and Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 740 Group Dynamics - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 748 Principles of Crisis Intervention - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 750 Mental health and Psychopathology - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 760 individual Appraisal - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 776 Psychopharmacology - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 777 Psychopathology: Diagnosis & Treatment - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 782 Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 783 Clinical Mental Health Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 784 Mental Health Services Management, Consultation and Supervision - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 785 Counseling Practicum (100 hours) - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 788 Internship in Counseling (300 hours) - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 792 Internship in Counseling (300 hours) - 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Minimum hours required for M.S. Degree - 60

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Why UTM?

We greatly value our relationships with our students and it is our goal to foster a sense of community between our students, faculty, and community partners. This begins with the first contact between advisor and student. Your advisor is the person who will work with you to understand all of the requirements of the program, help you develop your plan of study, answer questions about registration, and guide you toward your career goal. This is an important relationship that we hope will make you feel more comfortable in our program as well as provide you with information. The advisor- student connection is vital in your personal and professional development. As faculty members, we enjoy this time we spend getting to know and mentor you. Our hope is that you continue to feel a part of our program even after you graduate, keeping us up to date on your personal and professional milestones.

 

To further promote our sense of community we have established a Facebook group page for current students and alumni. When you are accepted into the program you will be sent an invitation via email to join our Facebook group and we hope you will accept. On this site we post news about the program, important information about the profession of counseling, and share updates about students and alumni. We hope those of you still on Facebook will accept our invitation!

 

 

 

Angela Goins, Class of 2020, Clinical Mental Health

Angela Goins

“I chose the UT Martin program because I knew I would get a good quality education through UT. I wanted a program that would teach me, challenge me and make me a better helper. I have definitely gotten that at UT Martin!”

Admission Requirements

All applicants for Counseling (degree-seeking, non-degree, or endorsement) must also submit the following documents (items 1-7) for review and receive recommendation from the Counseling Admission Committee.

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. A two-page typed essay that fully describes the candidate’s skills and experiences relevant to becoming a successful counselor. The candidate must also discuss the perceived personal abilities and attributes that will enable the counseling candidate to become a successful counselor.

 

3. Current resumé.

 

4. Counseling Residency Acknowledgement Form

 

5. Acknowledgement of Teaching Experience Form

 

6. Background check is required prior to consideration by the admissions board. See www.utm.edu/ess for details on obtaining the background check.

 

7. Three letters of recommendation from supervisors, school superintendents, principals, teachers, professors and/or employers. Each letter must provide clear evidence that addresses the candidate’s counseling skills and/or potential which will enable the individual to become a counselor.

$30 Application Fee

 

Admission is dependent upon submission of these documents and a positive review by the Counseling Admission Committee. All required admission documents must be submitted to the Graduate Studies office.

 

Office of Graduate Studies
227 Administration Building
Martin, TN 38238
graduatestudies@utm.edu

 

Help shape a student’s future by assisting them in the development of the academic, social, emotional, and career skills needed for life. This program is for individuals who are seeking to become a licensed School Counselor in the PreK-12 school system.

Program Highlights:

  • Hybrid (Online coursework with a mandatory 3 day residency on campus).
  • NO GRE Required
  • Complete the program in as little as 24 months.
  • 48 credit hours
  • $620 a credit hour (Fall 2019 tuition rates)
  • No teaching experience required
  • NCATE Accredited (Currently seeking CACREP Accreditation)
  • Transfer Credits accepted

 

Credits

48 hours

Enrollment

Full or part time

Format

Online*

Duration

6 Semesters

Tuition

$620 credit hour

Semester of Entry

Fall or Spring

 

 

*Online coursework with a mandatory three day on-campus residency.

Program of Study

EDFN 710 Research in Education - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 721 Multicultural Issues in Education and Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 620 Introduction to Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 716 Growth and Development Across the Lifespan – 3 Credit Hours

COUN 722 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 725 Theory and Techniques of Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 730 Career Development and Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 740 Group Dynamics - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 748 Principles of Crisis Intervention - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 750 Mental health and Psychopathology - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 760 individual Appraisal - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 785 Counseling Practicum (100 hours) - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 786 Organization and Administration of School Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 787 Pre-Practicum in School Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 789 Internship in Secondary Counseling (300 hours) - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 790 Internship in Elementary Counseling (300 hours) - 3 Credit Hours

 

Total Minimum hours required for M.S. Degree - 48

Why UTM?

We greatly value our relationships with our students and it is our goal to foster a sense of community between our students, faculty, and community partners. This begins with the first contact between advisor and student. Your advisor is the person who will work with you to understand all of the requirements of the program, help you develop your plan of study, answer questions about registration, and guide you toward your career goal. This is an important relationship that we hope will make you feel more comfortable in our program as well as provide you with information. The advisor- student connection is vital in your personal and professional development. As faculty members, we enjoy this time we spend getting to know and mentor you. Our hope is that you continue to feel a part of our program even after you graduate, keeping us up to date on your personal and professional milestones.

 

To further promote our sense of community we have established a Facebook group page for current students and alumni. When you are accepted into the program you will be sent an invitation via email to join our Facebook group and we hope you will accept. On this site we post news about the program, important information about the profession of counseling, and share updates about students and alumni. We hope those of you still on Facebook will accept our invitation!

 

 

 

Educational Graduate Studies Spotlight: Erica Myers

Erica Myers

Erica Myers, of Martin, says the University of Tennessee at Martin Education Graduate Program helped get her where she is today. “Without the UT Martin graduate program, I would not be in the profession that I am in,” she said. “Becoming a school counselor was a professional goal of mine, and because of the programs that UT Martin has to offer, I have been able to accomplish that goal.”

 

Myers, who counsels ninth- and 10th-grade students at Westview High School in Martin, chose to pursue a school counseling endorsement after earning her Master of Science in education from UT Martin in 2004. “I was very pleased with the instructors and quality of the classes, so I decided to continue my education with them when getting a counseling endorsement,” she said. “The online program was just what I needed while trying to juggle a family and full-time job.”

 

Myers plans to finish her endorsement in May.

Program checksheets:

School Counseling Endorsement Option

For additional information on the School Counseling Endorsement Option, click here .

Admission Requirements

All applicants for Counseling (degree-seeking, non-degree, or endorsement) must also submit the following documents (items 1-7) for review and receive recommendation from the Counseling Admission Committee.

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

$30 Application Fee

2. A two-page typed essay that fully describes the candidate’s skills and experiences relevant to becoming a successful counselor. The candidate must also discuss the perceived personal abilities and attributes that will enable the counseling candidate to become a successful counselor.

 

3. Current resumé.

 

4. Counseling Residency Acknowledgement Form

 

5. Acknowledgement of Teaching Experience Form

 

6. Background check is required prior to consideration by the admissions board. See www.utm.edu/ess for details on obtaining the background check.

 

7. Three letters of recommendation from supervisors, school superintendents, principals, teachers, professors and/or employers. Each letter must provide clear evidence that addresses the candidate’s counseling skills and/or potential which will enable the individual to become a counselor.

 

Admission is dependent upon submission of these documents and a positive review by the Counseling Admission Committee. All required admission documents must be submitted to the Graduate Studies office.

 

Office of Graduate Studies
227 Administration Building
Martin, TN 38238
graduatestudies@utm.edu

 

 

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Contact Us

Our office is available to provide more information on the program, admission requirements, student life, and anything else you’re wondering about.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. David Dietrich

Dr. David Dietrich

Counseling Faculty Coordinator

counseling@utm.edu

(731) 881-7167

 

Laurie Green

Laurie Green

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

lgreen14@utm.edu

(731) 881-7128

 

 

 

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