Master of Arts in Professional School Counseling

Overview

The Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling prepares candidates for school counseling positions in public and private schools. Graduates of the program are prepared to develop, implement and evaluate the academic needs of children and adolescents in multicultural settings and provide individual and group counseling.  At the completion of the program, graduates will have satisfied the academic requirements for State of Georgia certification in School Counseling.  The curriculum of this program meets the standards of preparation as set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

 

The Department of Counselor Education Program Goals

Upon graduation from the CAU counseling program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Comprehend and adhere to professional ethical standards and identity, including: the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, professional roles and responsibilities.
  2. Understand the uniqueness of human diversity and how it relates to the context of relationships, and issues in a pluralistic society.
  3. Understand and apply scientific processes, theory, and concepts to human behavior, human service systems and problems in human behavior at all developmental levels.
  4. Understand and integrate career theories, career decision making. Career planning and career assessment in counseling through work at an agency or school.
  5. Understand and apply basic helping skills necessary for effective counseling and consultation with individuals and groups in schools or agencies.
  6. Learn group theory and group practice as related to dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods, and group approaches,
  7. Understand individual and group assessment approaches and their utility in a pluralistic society.
  8. Understand appropriate research methods (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, case study), statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation methodologies, as well as ethical concerns for conducting research and evaluating research in a pluralistic society.
  9. Understand and use basic technology: PowerPoint, Prezi, appraisal instruments, World Wide Web, e-mail, Google Docs, Zoom, and excel.

The Department of Counselor Education Program Objectives 

  1. Introduce theory and concepts to human behavior, human service systems, and problems in human behavior at all developmental levels.
  2. Prepare candidates to provide individual and group counseling on personal concerns, community services, education and lifestyle development, and career planning in diverse settings.
  3. Prepare candidates for licensure as a Professional Counselor in Georgia and to qualify to take the National Counselor Examination.
  4. Prepare candidates for advanced studies and/or professional counseling careers in a variety of community settings.
  5. Train candidates to integrate individual and group counseling methods and practices.
  6. Conduct follow-up studies with appropriate stakeholders.
  7. Recruit students and faculty from diverse populations.

 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling must meet the General Admissions Requirements of the University as published in this Catalog. There are also specific requirements for students seeking to be a Georgia certified educators (School Counselor). These requirements are subject to change. Go to: gapsc.org for the most recent information. The Department of Counselor Education endorses the licensure requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Endorsement

The Department of Counselor Education endorses the licensure requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.  

Degree Requirements

In addition to the General Degree Requirements as published in this Catalog and those specified by the School of Education, students pursuing the Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling must complete the following course requirements: 

Common Core Courses: 30 Credits

COUN 501-Introduction to Counseling (3)

COUN 502-Helping Relationships Skills (3)

COUN 503-Human Growth and Development (3)

COUN 504-Theories of Counseling (3)

COUN 505-Group Counseling (3)

COUN 506-Career Counseling (3)

COUN 507-Research and Measurement (3)

COUN 508-Individual and Group Appraisal (3)

COUN 509-Counseling Diverse Populations (3)

COUN 510-Professional Ethics and Legal Application (3) 

Specialty Courses: 21 Credits

COUN 518-School Consultation (3)

COUN 520-Organization and Administration of Counseling Services (3)

COUN 531-Addictions Counseling (3)

COUN 532-Counseling Couples and Families (3)

COUN 533-Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)

COUN 535-Abnormal Psychology and Diagnostics (3)

COUN 536-Trauma and Grief (3) [Pending]

CEDS 580-Psychology of Exceptional Children (Required for Georgia Certification) (3)

Professional Clinical Courses: 9 Credits

COUN 524-School Counseling Practicum (3)

COUN 540-School Counseling Internship I (3)

COUN 541-School Counseling Internship II (3) 

Qualifying Examinations

Must take after the completion of required Core Courses. The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination format consists of objective based questions.

Plan of Study for Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling (60 Credits)

Year One

 

Fall Semester

Cr

 

Spring Semester

Cr

COUN 501

Introduction to Counseling

3

 COUN 503

Human Growth & Development

3

COUN 502

Helping Relationship Skills

3

 COUN 505

Group Counseling

3

COUN 504

Theories of Counseling

3

 COUN 509

Counseling Diverse Populations

3

 

                                                        TOTAL

9

 

                                                              TOTAL

9

 

Summer Session*

Cr

 

 

 

COUN 510

Professional Ethics and Legal Applications

3

 

 

 

COUN 533

Counseling Children and Adolescents

3

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

6

 

 

 

 

 

Year Two

 

Fall Semester

Cr

 

Spring Semester

Cr

COUN 506

Career Counseling

3

 COUN 508

Individual & Group Appraisal  

3

COUN 507

Research & Measurement

3

 COUN 520

Organizational & Administration of Counseling Services

3

CEDS 580

Psychology of the Exceptional Child

3

 COUN 540

School Counseling  Practicum

3

 

TOTAL

9

 

TOTAL

9

 

Summer Session

Cr

 

 

 

COUN 535

Abnormal Psychology & Diagnostics

3

 

 

 

COUN 531

Addictions Counseling

3

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

6

 

 

 

 

Year Three

 

Fall Semester

Cr

 

Spring  Semester

Cr

COUN 536

Trauma and Grief Counseling

3

COUN 518

School Consultation

3

COUN  540

School Counseling Internship I

3

COUN 541

School Counseling Internship II

3

 

TOTAL

6

 

TOTAL

6

 

 

 

School Information
School of Education
323 Rufus E. Clement Hall
Clark Atlanta University
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Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone:  (404)-880-8505