Oct 17, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in School Counseling (SCS2)

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The school counseling program is a 48-hour master’s degree program that provides competencies and proficiencies for entry-level positions as school counselors in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Candidates selected for this program are expected to make a major commitment to their graduate training and to enroll in course work on a regular basis. A 600 clock-hour internship is required, and students must be willing to make the necessary adjustments to complete this internship commitment. Upon completion of the graduate program of study, students are eligible to apply for school counselor endorsement on their valid Michigan teaching certificates or for K-12 school counselor licensure. The program also meets the academic and internship requirements for limited licensure as a professional counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan. Information on the post-master’s requirements for full licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) is available in the student handbook for counseling programs. The School Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body that evaluates an grants accreditation to graduate-level programs in professional counseling.

Admission Requirements
Admission to all programs is selective. The selection process is designed to assess the candidate’s suitability for graduate study and for a professional career in counseling. Candidates who are selected for these programs are expected to make major commitments to their graduate training.

Applicants must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  2. Evidence of academic aptitude for graduate-level study, that includes at least one of the following:

    1. A 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA, or a 3.0 GPA in the second half of the undergraduate degree program.

    2. A graduate GPA of a 3.3 on a previously completed advanced degree.

    3. An acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score as defined by the department (contact the Coordinator of Graduate Advising). The GRE score may not be more than 5 years old.

    4. Applicants not meeting other criteria, but having an acquired knowledge of the counseling field based on five years of related experience, may be eligible. Students applying under this provision must contact the coordinator of advising for specific procedures prior to applying to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

  3. English language proficiency: International students must meet at least one of the following additional criteria:

    1. A score of 550 (Total) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a rating of 5 on the essay. (Additional course work in composition may be required.) These tests must have been taken within the last two years.

    2. A score of 77 on the Michigan English Language Ability Battery (MELAB) and a rating of at least 3.0 on the oral interview portion of the MELAB. (Additional course work in composition may be required.) These tests must have been taken within the past two years.

  4.  Students without a valid Michigan teaching certificate must also meet the following additional criteria:

    Experience: Three to five years of documented work experience, the majority of which involves working with school‐aged (K‐12) children or adolescents. This experience may consist of paid, professional roles or structured volunteer experiences in organized work settings and should represent the equivalent of at least 2 years of full‐time work.  The experience should be focused on improving the mental health, behavior, academic success or social skills of the children. Activities such as parenting, babysitting and day care do not qualify.

    Previous Coursework: Nine semester hours of undergraduate social science coursework, including coursework specific to (a) human development; and (b) foundations of education. If this coursework has not been completed prior to admission to the COUN program, students are required to complete it within the first 12 hours of the COUN program

  5. Statement of Intent: A one-page statement focusing on the applicant’s motivation and rationale for seeking admission to the specific program as well as his or her back ground and goals related to professional studies.

  6. Résumé: A focused, one-page summary of program-relevant educational, career and/or life experiences.

  7. Three recommendations: These must be completed on recommendation forms available from the department. They should be completed by professionals with knowledge of the applicant’s suitability for graduate work (e.g., supervisors, undergraduate professors).

Advisor Information:

Dibya Choudhuri, Ph.D.
304 Porter


The following outline describes the general program requirements for the 48-hour school counseling program.

Concentration Courses:

Program Total: 48 hours

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