Three Master of Arts (MA) degree options in the Counselor Education Program provide the professional preparation necessary for employment in schools, colleges, rehabilitation services, and various clinical mental health settings. The MA programs are in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling. The MA program in School Counseling requires a minimum of 48 semester hours of study. Beginning in July 2020, the program will move to a minimum of 60 semester hours of study. No thesis is required in any of the MA programs.
The School Counseling option leads to a master's degree and provides the professional preparation necessary for employment in P-12 schools. Successful completion, which includes passing a comprehensive exam and all applicable Praxis assessments, leads to traditional Class A certification for those with prerequisite certification and experience. Candidates without prerequisite certification and appropriate experience may apply for certification in Alabama if they have completed a CACREP-accredited school counseling program, earned a passing score on the National Counseling Examination, and otherwise met all of the requirements outlined by the Alabama Department of Education.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has conferred accreditation on the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA), School Counseling (MA), Rehabilitation Counseling (MA), and the Counselor Education (PhD) degree.
Admission decisions are made each semester. Admission to pursue a master's degree in any track within the program in Counselor Education is based upon success in admission for graduate study with the Graduate School. Statement of purpose and letters of recommendation consistent with goals of the program, entrance exam scores (300 or above on the GRE or at least the 50 percentile on the MAT), and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are needed for regular admission.
Degree requirements are noted on the official Plan of Study for the various degrees in Counselor Education. These documents are available from the chairperson or administrative staff for the department. Program requirements are subject to change, so students should consult with their advisors each semester for the most current information.
If later there are changes in the Plan of Study, the student submits an amended Plan of Study to the Graduate School at the time the student applies for admission to candidacy for the degree. Admission to Candidacy forms are on the Graduate School's website.
Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.25 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C. Passing scores on a comprehensive exam and the appropriate Praxis assessment(s) are required.
|Foundations of Professional Studies:|
|BEP 550||Life Span Development||3|
|BCE 611||Multicult. Approach Counseling *||3|
|BER 500||Intro Educatn Research||3|
|BER 540||Statistical Methods In Educ||3|
|Instructional Support Area:|
|BCE 512||Counseling Theory Proc||3|
|BCE 513||Career Development||3|
|BCE 514||Counseling Skills||3|
|BCE 516||Practicum Counseling II||3|
|BCE 521||Group Proced Coun Educ||3|
|BCE 522||Indiv & Group Appraisal||3|
|BCE 511||Principles Of Guidance||3|
|BCE 517||Professional Counseling||3|
|BCE 523||Prog Development & Mgt||3|
|BCE 650||Couns Stratg Fam Relatns||3|
|SPE 500 is required if a survey of special education course was not previously completed.||0-3|
|BCE 525||Intern Sch Clint Ment Hea Cou||6|