Education Graduate Programs - Major in Counseling
The Master of Science in Education with a major in Counseling has two concentrations:
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 12. 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.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration will prepare counselors for addressing the mental-health needs of the community. See below for the Tennessee Professional Licensure (TPL) requirements.
The College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences 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 adviser or the coordinator/designee 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, Tennessee 37247-1010 for the board’s licensure standards, which may exceed the university’s counseling degree program requirements.
Note: In order to be recommended for licensure as a School Counselor, the State Department of Education stipulates that candidates without teaching experience will have a semester-long orientation experience in a (PreK-12) school as an early part of the preparation program. Students will meet this requirement by successful completion of Counseling 712 Learning Theories and 30 hours of observation (15 hours in an Elementary K-6 school and 15 hours in a Secondary 7-12 school).
Tennessee Professional Licensure (TPL) for Mental Health/Community Counseling
Completion of the 60-hour clinical mental health program will satisfy the course requirements for the master's degree. Students completing the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration should consult with their adviser regarding additional requirements beyond the credits earned in the Master's degree that are necessary for professional licensure.
Admission to Candidacy
Degree-seeking students are eligible to apply for admission to candidacy once they have enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours. Students must have satisfactorily completed Counseling 725 and Counseling 740 prior to completing application. To apply for Admission to Candidacy, students must:
Students who are not admitted to candidacy may reapply for admission one additional time within one calendar year from date of notification. NOTE: Degree-seeking students may not complete more than 24 credit hours without successfully completing the four-day residency and admission to candidacy.
All degree-seeking counseling majors are required to attend a four-day residency (either January or June) in order to be admitted to candidacy in the counseling program. At the time of application to candidacy, students will register to attend the upcoming residential meeting. The program will be held on the Martin campus.
Each student in the counseling program must complete a semester-long supervised practicum experience (Counseling 785). The practicum requirement is available to students only upon the approval of the instructor and must be taken prior to the internship. Application for completing the practicum requirement must be submitted one semester in advance of the semester the experience is desired. An application may be obtained from the coordinator/designee of Education Graduate Programs.
The internship is a field experience in which students are required to apply the knowledge and skill acquired in previous coursework to actual school/community settings. Students must complete an internship application online the semester prior to enrollment. The application may be completed online at http://www.utm.edu/departments/cebs/edgrad/index.php. The internship requirements will be fulfilled at a site approved through the Education Graduate Office. A registration hold will be placed on student records to prevent registration for internships before application is complete.
All prerequisites, core courses and the practicum requirement must be completed before the internship is begun.
September 30 - Application due for Spring internship
January 30 - Application due for Summer or Fall internships
Note: A preliminary school internship application is due September 15 for Spring internships and Januay 15 for Fall internships. All placements for school internships must be made through the Director of Field Services in Education Student Services. Applications are processed for one semester at a time.
Each internship student must summarize and evaluate the internship experience in a critical synthesis paper.
A comprehensive written examination must be taken by all students pursuing the Master of Science degree with a major in Counseling. The examination will test a student’s competencies and knowledge in the chosen area of specialization. The comprehensive examination must be taken during the semester in which the student expects to receive the degree. The comprehensive exam will be administered online through Blackboard. A minimum score of 70% is required for successful completion.
Applicants may be admitted as degree seeking or endorsement only. Degree seeking candidates must meet all University requirements as listed in the university catalogue under “Types of Admission.” Applicants for a major, or seeking endorsement in Counseling, must meet the additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission.
The following materials are required for review by the Counseling Admissions Board (CAB) .
All materials and "official" transcripts should be mailed to:
Note: Admission is dependent up submission of these documents and a positive review by the Counseling Admissions Board.
Application to Graduate School includes the following: