Sep 19, 2019
The School Counseling Program is a master’s degree ranging from 50-56 semester-hours for teacher-certified individuals to 55-58 semester-hours for individuals not possessing a valid Michigan teaching certificate. The program provides competencies and proficiencies for entry-level positions as school counselors in elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, and high school settings. Upon completion of the graduate program of study, teacher-certified students are eligible to apply for the school counselor endorsement on their valid Michigan teaching certificates and students without a valid Michigan teaching certificate are eligible to apply for K-12 school counselor licensure issued by the Michigan Department of Education. Candidates selected for this program are expected to make a major commitment to their graduate training and to enroll in coursework on a regular basis. The program includes a 600 clock-hour supervised counseling internship experience.
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.
- Complete the Graduate School Application
- Have earned a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution of higher education. Official transcripts must be submitted.
- Evidence of academic aptitude for graduate-level study, that includes at least one of the following:
- A 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA, or a 3.0 GPA in the second half of the undergraduate degree program.
- A graduate GPA of a 3.3 on a previously completed advanced degree.
- The GRE scores may not be more than five years old. The student must score at 50th percentile or above to be accepted.
- 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.
- English language proficiency: International students must meet at least one of the following additional criteria: a. Ann official score report from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Test System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) must be sent by the testing service directly to the University. Student score reports, faxes or photocopies will not be considered official. Minimum scores for admission is 550 (Paper-based Test), or 79 (Internet-based Test) for the TOEFL; 77 on MELAB; or 6.5 (or higher) on the IELTS. If the TOEFL is taken, the Test of Written English (TWE) is also required. A conditional admission may be available to those students falling just below the minimum score requirements.
- Students without a valid Michigan teaching certificate may also be required to 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. 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 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
- Personal Statement: A statement focusing on the applicant’s motivation and rationale for seeking admission to the specific counseling program as well as his or her back ground and goals related to professional studies.
- Résumé: A focused summary of program-relevant educational, career and/or life experiences. The resume should also document all paid or unpaid work experience with school-aged youth.
- Three recommendations: These must be completed on rating 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).
Each applicant will receive a rating on the following criteria: academic potential; the quality, and extensiveness and relevance of career/life/educational experiences relevant to the field of school counseling; professional goals/objectives; and recommendations. Based on these ratings, applicants may move to the second phase of the process.
Applicants admitted to the second phase of the admission process will be invited to campus to participate in a personal interview. They will also receive information about programs of study, faculty expectations, and related topics such as professional counselor licensure. Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials at this time. Based on evaluation of all materials and the interviews, admissions decisions will be made.
The admissions appeal procedure provides each applicant with the opportunity to formally appeal the admissions decision. Appeals must be based on an applicant’s perception that his/her due process rights were violated during the admissions process. The procedure is not intended for applicants who do not meet minimum standards for admission as outlined above. Appeal must begin within five working days of the start of the semester following the admissions decision. Applicants wishing to appeal must contact the Coordinator of Advising to obtain written information regarding the appeal procedure.
Program advisors will be assigned after students have been admitted to the School Counseling Program. The advisor will assist the student in developing the program of graduate study that is required for full admission to the school counseling program. Students must meet with their advisor to develop a formal program of study before the completion of 12 credits towards their degree. All courses and subsequent changes must be approved by the advisor. Transfer credit can be used toward graduation only if it has been reviewed and accepted by the student’s advisor and is within Graduate School guidelines. The master’s degree program must be completed within a six-year period.
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Leadership & Counseling - College of Education
The following outline describes the general program requirements for the 50-hour school counseling program.
Master of Arts in School Counseling
Basic Counseling Core (required): 33 hours
School Counseling Specialization Area (required): 14 hours
Supervised Counseling Experiences: 8 hours
Elective Courses: 0-4 hours
In consultation with their advisors, students may select elective courses to enhance their professional growth. Courses may be selected from this list or selected from other COUN courses that meet this objective.
After the elective courses:
To be eligible for graduation with a master’s degree in counseling, the student must successfully complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). To be eligible for a school counseling credential from the Michigan Department of Education, the candidate must also pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Test 51: School Counselor.
Additional Program Information:
For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head or visit www.emich.edu/coe/lc