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 Requirements

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

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 550Life Span Development3
BCE 611Multicult. Approach Counseling *3
Educational Research:
BER 500Intro Educatn Research3
BER 540Statistical Methods In Educ3
Instructional Support Area:
BCE 512Counseling Theory Proc3
BCE 513Career Development3
BCE 514Counseling Skills3
BCE 516Practicum Counseling II3
BCE 521Group Proced Coun Educ3
BCE 522Indiv & Group Appraisal3
Additional Requirements:
BCE 511Principles Of Guidance3
BCE 517Professional Counseling3
BCE 523Prog Development & Mgt3
BCE 650Couns Stratg Fam Relatns3
SPE 500 is required if a survey of special education course was not previously completed.0-3
BCE 525Intern Sch Clint Ment Hea Cou6
Total Hours48-51