WCSU 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog : SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COUNSELOR EDUCATION

Master of Science in Counselor Education

Davide Mariotti, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Coordinator, WH 337
Phone: (203) 837-9122
mariottid@wcsu.edu
Nicole DeRonck, School Counseling Coordinator, CACREP Unit Leader, WH 339
Phone: (203) 837-8513
deronckn@wcsu.edu
Ana Cangialosi, Department Secretary, WH 321
Phone: (203) 837-8510
cagialosia@wcsu.edu
Fax: (203) 837-8413
Website MS Counselor Education

 

Faculty N. DeRonck, G. Lomas, D. Mariotti, L. Monte

 

Program Overview

The Counselor Education Program offers candidates two options for study that lead to the Master of Science in Counselor Education. The Clinical Mental Health Option trains students to work as practicing counselors in a variety of community, agency, and clinical mental health settings. The School Counseling Option prepares candidates to work as school counselors in a K-12 setting. The Counselor Education Program has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counselor Education and Related Programs since 1996.

Program Cycle

The Counselor Education Program operates in a cohort model. Candidates meet with their coordinator to develop a Plan of Study prior to enrolling. The Clinical Mental Health option is 60 credits and the School Counseling option is currently 48 credits to complete. Classes begin in mid-May (Summer Session 1) and it usually takes about three years to complete the program. School Counseling candidates can choose to pursue a bridge to become a licensed clinical mental health counselor which may extend the program length. All candidates are required to take an exit exam in the spring prior to graduation.

Gate Keeping

In view of the responsibilities of the role of counselor in both school and community settings, candidates 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.

Licensure/Certification

The Western Connecticut State University Clinical Mental Health Option meets the educational requirements for both the Connecticut Department Health for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and the New York State Office of the Professions for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Candidates seeking licensure in another state should consult with the appropriate agency in that state to confirm educational requirements before starting the program.

The Western Connecticut State University School Counseling Option meets all the educational requirements for certification as a school counselor in Connecticut. Candidates seeking New York State certification will require additional coursework that may be taken at WCSU to meet certification requirements. Candidates pursuing certification in another state should contact the Department of Education in the state they wish to be certified to confirm the educational requirements before starting the program.

MS in Counselor Education 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 and understanding of professional identity and be able to apply ethical standards.  1 Fitness to Practice, Professional Identity Project, CECE, Practicum & Internship Evaluations
ED 572    
ED 585-587   
EPY 600-606
EPY 618
   
 
1. B. Students will demonstrate counseling skills necessary to develop, maintain and manage a helping relationship. 5 Individual Counseling Project, Fitness to Practice, CECE, Practicum & Internship Evaluation
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 Practicum and Internship Evaluations, Alumni Survey, Employer Survey, CECE EPY 610-615
       
1. D. Students will demonstrate their ability to research evidence based practices and create interventions for counseling issues. 5, 8 Group Counseling Project, Fitness to Practice, CECE, Practicum & Internship Evaluations EPY 603
       
1. E. Students will demonstrate career theory knowledge and contemporary approaches in career assessment and practice. 4 CECE, Career Advisement Session & Case Conceptualization ED 572
       
1. F. Students will demonstrate skills and knowledge in group counseling and group work. 6 Group Counseling Project, Practicum and Internship Evaluation, CECE EPY 603, 606,610-615
     
 
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 Practicum and Internship Evaluation, Group Counseling Project, Individual Counseling Project, Assessment Project, CECE
ED 587
EPY 603-605
EPY 610-615
     
 
2. B. Students swill demonstrate the ability to select, conduct, and interpret assessments, and to use the data to formulate culturally and developmentally appropriate goals fan interventions. 3, 7 Assessment Project, Practicum and Internship Evaluations, Individual Counseling Project, CECE
EPY 600, 602
     
 
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 swill demonstrate dispositions in line with the humanistic, legal, and ethical parameters of the counseling professions. 1 Fitness to Practice (3x), Practicum and Internship Evaluations, CECE
ED 585
EPY 618
EPY 604/605
EPY 610/611

 

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: Applications and all supporting documents are due no later than January 10th. 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.

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

Typhon 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 Typhon license before or during the first week of class. Typhon is a new platform that is being implemented and instructions are forthcoming. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Gabriel Lomas, lomasg@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
*
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
*Must take EPY 509 Exceptional Learners if not previously taken as undergraduate as EPY 405 or equivalent.
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