WCSU Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 : SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COUNSELOR EDUCATION

Master of Science in Counselor Education

Gabe Lomas, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Coordinator, WS 515
Phone: (203) 837-8512
lomasg@wcsu.edu
Nicole DeRonck, School Counseling Coordinator, WS 517
Phone: (203) 837-8513
deronckn@wcsu.edu
Nicole DeRonck, CACREP Unit Leader, WS 517
Phone: (203) 837-8513
deronckn@wcsu.edu
Ana Cangialosi, Department Secretary, WS 129
Phone: (203) 837-8510
cagialosia@wcsu.edu
Fax: (203) 837-8413
Website MS Counselor Education

 

Faculty A. Brewer, J. Burke, T. Canada, J. Caruso, M. Daria, M. Delcourt, N. DeRonck, S. Kuhn, G. Lomas, D. Mariotti, C. O’Callaghan, J. Piro, K. Roe, T. Stewart.

 

Program Overview

The counselor education program includes a 48-credit school counseling option and a 60-credit clinical mental health counseling program option, each leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.

Students develop  a “Plan of Study” with their coordinator and usually complete their program in three years. 

The counselor education program has been nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs since 1996. The school counseling option prepares candidates to work as school counselors in grades K-12. The clinical mental health counseling option prepares students to work as counselors in a variety of community, agency, and clinical mental- health settings. Students are National-Certified Counselor-eligible after passing the National Counselor Exam, administered at Western each fall and spring. In addition, graduates are eligible to become licensed professional counselors upon completing additional requirements set forth by the State of Connecticut.

In view of the responsibilities of the role of counselor in both school and community settings, students whose work is of marginal quality in pertinent courses or who demonstrate personal qualities that are not conducive to the role of counselor will not be recommended either for matriculation or for continuation in the program.

MS in Community Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Program Goals and Learning Objectives

Program Goals Program Learning Objectives CACREP Core Standards Key Assessments Courses
1. The Counselor Education Program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful professional counselors. 1. A. Students will demonstrate knowledge of all 8 CACREP Common Core Standards.  1-8  CPCE
ED 572    
ED 585-587   
EPY 600-606
  1. B. Students will demonstrate counseling skills necessary to develop, maintain and manage a helping relationship.  5 Individual Counseling Project
EPY 602
EPY 604
EPY 605
1. C. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and successfully practice as professional counselors. 1 Site Supervisor Assessments for Practicum & Internship

Employer Survey

Alumni Survey

EPY 610-614
1. D. Students will demonstrate their ability to research evidence based practices and create interventions for counseling issues. 5, 8 Group Counseling Project EPY 603
2. The Counselor Education Program prepares students to consider each client as unique, multi-dimensional individuals, throughout the counseling relationship. 2. A. Students will be able to apply multicultural competencies in both the individual and group counseling settings. 2 Site Supervisor Assessment for Practicum & Internship, Group Counseling Project, Individual Counseling Project, Assessment Project
ED 587
EPY 603-605
EPY 610-614
2. B. Students will demonstrate the ability to select, conduct and interpret assessments, and to use the data to formulate culturally and developmentally appropriate goals and interventions. 3, 7 Assessment Project
EPY 600
3. The Counselor Education program assures students have developed dispositions aligned with the legal, ethical and humanistic parameters of the American Counseling Association and/or the American School Counseling Association. 3. A. Students will demonstrate disposition in line with the humanistic, legal, and ethical parameters of the counseling professions. 1 Fitness to Practice
N/A

 

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: Applications and all supporting documents are due no later than March 1st. Online Graduate Application 

a.  Achieve a minimum of 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate courses.

b. If an applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is below 3.0, the applicant must present a score rated at the 35th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test, as indicated below:

     3.0 or higher- MAT not required

     2.57 to 2.99-35th percentile

     2.47 to 2.56-45th percentile

     2.37 to 2.45-50th percentile

     Below 2.37-60th percentile

c. Complete an undergraduate program that includes a general-education distribution of courses in English, mathematics, science, social and behavioral sciences, foreign language, and fine arts.

d. Submit an essay demonstrating proficiency in English, stating the reasons for wanting to enroll in a counselor-education program, and emphasizing experiences relevant to the field. Online Essay Form

e. Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals able to testify to the student’s suitability as a prospective counselor. Recommendation Form

f. Be interviewed by the program’s faculty admissions committee, which will assess the student’s academic background and personal attributes that might affect the student’s performance as a counselor.

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**** Important COVID-19 Notice Regarding Standardized Testing Requirement**** Counselor Education Candidates who have not met the minimum of a 3.0 combined undergraduate GPA must obtain an acceptable score on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT). Due to COVID19 and the inaccessibility of testing centers, the MAT will be waived. Candidates are instead asked to submit an additional writing sample.

Counselor Education Alternate Writing Sample

Please write a 2-page statement in APA format on the following:

Western Connecticut State’s Counselor Education Program can be demanding not only in the classroom, but both physically and emotionally as you begin to balance the roles of student, worker, family member, etc. How can you achieve balance in the various roles in your life so that you can experience academic success, contribute to the WCSU Counselor Education Program, and to the students/families you will be working with in the future?

Please support the ideas, strategies, and/or challenges you wrote about in your paper with a minimum of 2 sources (journal, book, newspaper, blog, etc.). Assistance with APA formatting can be found at Perdue Owl. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html

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Transcripts and other supporting documents should be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 or sent as an attachment to Graduate Admissions

LiveText License Requirement

All candidates who enter degree or certificate programs in Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University are required to purchase a LiveText license before or during the first week of class. LiveText is part of Western’s assessment system and essential for continuous accreditation. Information about purchasing the license is at this link: Livetext.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Catherine O’Callaghan, E&EP Chair, ocallaghanc@wcsu.edu.

Option in School Counseling

The curriculum for the school counseling option includes the following graduate courses:

Open to all Graduate Students (6 SH) Course Sequence Rotation
ED 500    Contemporary Educational Issues 3 SH Summer 2019
ED 572    Career Education and Development 3SH Spring 2020
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Open to Students Accepted to Program or by Permission of Chair  (6 SH)
ED 585    Introduction to Community and School Counseling 3 SH Fall 2019
ED 586    Theories of Counseling 3 SH Fall 2019
*
Open to Students Accepted to Program Only  (36 SH)
ED 587    Counseling Diverse Populations 3 SH Summer 2020
EPY 600  Assessment for Counselors 3 SH Spring 2020
EPY 601  Fundamentals of Statistics and Research Design 3 SH Summer 2021
EPY 602  Interviewing and Consultation Across the Life Span Principles and Techniques 3 SH Spring 2020
EPY 603  Group Work Foundation: Theory and Practice 3 SH Fall 2020
EPY 604  Individual Counseling in the Schools: Clinical Skills 3 SH Fall 2020
EPY 606  Advanced Group Work: Theory and Practice 3 SH Spring 2021
EPY 607  Pupil Personnel Services: Philosophy and Organization 3 SH Fall 2021
EPY 610  Practicum in School Counseling 3 SH Spring 2021
EPY 612/613  Internship in School Counseling 6 SH Fall 2021/Spring 2022
Elective 3 SH Student Discretion
Total Semester Hours: 48 SH

 

Option in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This option leads to counselor licensure and national certification. Curriculum for the clinical mental health counseling option includes the following courses:

Open to Students Accepted to Program or by Permission of Chair (9 SH) Course Sequence Rotation
EPY 618  Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH Fall Year 1
ED 586    Theories of Counseling 3 SH Fall Year 1
ED 572    Career Education and Development 3 SH Spring Year 3
*
Open to Students Accepted to Program Only (51 SH)
ED 587    Counseling Diverse Populations 3 SH Summer Year 1
EPY 600  Assessment for Counselors 3 SH Spring Year 1
EPY 601  Fundamentals of Statistics and Research Design 3 SH Summer Year 3
EPY 602  Interviewing & Consultation Across the Life-Span: Principles and Techniques 3 SH Spring Year 1
EPY 603  Group Work Foundation: Theory and Practice 3 SH Fall Year 2
EPY 605  Clinical Mental Health Counseling Skills 3 SH Fall Year 2
EPY 606  Advanced Group Work: Theory and Practice 3 SH Spring Year 2
EPY 608  Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Management, Delivery, and Consultation 3 SH Fall Year 3
EPY 611  Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH Summer Year 3
EPY 614  Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH Fall Year 3
EPY 615  Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH Spring Year 3
EPY 619  Crisis Counseling in the Community and School 3 SH Summer Year 2
EPY 620  Marriage and Family Counseling 3 SH Summer Year 1
EPY 621 Drug and Alcohol Counseling 3 SH Summer Year 2
EPY 630  Introduction to Psychopathology 3 SH Spring Year 2
Two Faculty- Approved Electives 6 SH Student Discretion
Total Semester Hours: 60 SH