Master of Science in Counselor Education       

Michael Gilles, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Coordinator 
Phone: (203) 837-8513
  gillesm@wcsu.edu
Kathryn Campbell, School Counseling Coordinator Phone: (203) 837-8574
  campbellk@wcsu.edu
Ana Cangialosi, Dept. Secretary Phone: (203) 837-8510
  Fax: (203) 837-8413

 

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 ‘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 conductive to the role of counselor will not be recommended either for matriculation or continuation in the program.

Program Mission, Goals and Objectives

We are committed to standards of excellence in the counseling profession. The graduate program in counselor education acknowledges a commitment to the students who will pursue professional preparation as community and school counselors, and to the larger public served by these graduates. We believe in the inherent worth, the respect and dignity of each person. Our preparation program incorporates the need to develop throughout the life-span a greater sense of self-realization with a commitment to serve a diverse society. We are committed to the service of others for the prevention and remediation of life’s problems. We seek to meet the larger goals of Western Connecticut State University which serves as an accessible, responsive and creative intellectual resource for the people and the institutions of Connecticut. We strive to meet the needs of a diversified student body through instruction, scholarship and public service. 

  1. Students will be exposed to a wide range of theoretical perspectives with an appreciation of students’ own belief systems.
  2. Students will be prepared to understand human developmental issues from cognitive, affective, behavioral and contextual perspectives.
  3. Students will be educated to view human issues from a multicultural perspective.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to facilitate inter- and intra-personal growth in both individual and group process.
  5. Students will be educated to a life-span developmental model for viewing human behavior, including career development.
  6. Students will be educated in methods of contextual evaluation, appraisal and goal setting.
  7. Students will demonstrate their ability to research and develop interventions for counseling issues.
  8. Students will be encouraged to develop a strong identity with the counseling profession, including an understanding of its history and philosophy, and its present manifestations, through the American Counseling Association.
  9. Students will be educated to the ethical and legal parameters of the counseling profession.
  10. Students will be encouraged to view professional development as a career-long process that includes continuing education and involvement with professional organizations beyond the attainment of the master’s degree.
  11. Students will attain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful entry-level counselors within their specific majors.

Admission Requirements

Students may not take more than two courses in the program unless they have met the following entrance requirements:

a.  Achieve a minimum of 2.8 QPR for all undergraduate courses.

b. If an applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is below 2.8, the applicant must present a score rated at the 35th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test, as indicated below:

     UNDERGRADUATE GPA MAT SCORE REQUIRED

     2.8 or higher MAT not required

     2.57 to 2.79 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 which 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.

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

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.

g.  Complete nine semester hours of psychology (if applying for the community counseling program) or six semester hours of psychology, including introduction to psychology and a human development courses, and a three-semester hour introductory course in special education (if applying for the school counseling program).

Additional School Counseling Requirements:

Students planning to enter the school counseling program must meet the following additional requirements established by the State of Connecticut and the university:

Pass the state-mandated skills examination (PPST) in mathematics, reading, and writing; or present a combined score of 1000 on the SAT with at least a score of 400 on both the verbal and the mathematics sections respectively from any test administration prior to March 31, 1995; or present a combined score of 1100 on the SAT with at least a score of 450 on both the verbal and the mathematics sections respectively from any test administered on or after April 1, 1995; or present a composite score of 24 or more on the American College Testing Program Assessment (ACT), with no less than 22 on the English subtest and no less than 19 on the math subtest from test administration on or after October 1989. Educators already certified by the State of Connecticut who apply for admission to this master’s program are exempt from these requirements.

Tk20 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 Tk20 license before or during the first week of class. Tk20 is part of Westconn’s assessment system and essential for continuous accreditation. Information about purchasing the license is at this link: http://cthe.wcsu.edu (lower left).  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
ED 500 Contemporary Educational Issues  3 SH
ED 572 Career Education and Development 3 SH

 

Open to Students Accepted to Program or by Permission of Chair 6 SH
ED 585 Introduction to Community and School Counseling 3 SH
ED 586 Theories of Counseling 3 SH

 

Open to Students Accepted to Program Only 36 SH
ED 587 Counseling Diverse Populations 3 SH
EPY 600 Assessment for Counselors 3 SH
EPY 601 Fundamentals of Statistics and Research Design 3 SH
EPY 602 Interviewing and Consultation Across the Life Span: Principles and Techniques 3 SH
EPY 603 Group Work Foundation: Theory and Practice   3 SH
EPY 604 Individual Counseling in the Schools: Clinical Skills 3 SH
EPY 606 Advanced Group Work: Theory and Practice 3 SH
EPY 607 Pupil Personnel Services: Philosophy and Organization 3 SH
EPY 610 Practicum in School Counseling 3 SH
EPY 612/613 Internship in School Counseling 6 SH
Electives 3 SH

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
EPY 618 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH
ED 586 Theories of Counseling 3 SH
ED 572 Career Education and Development 3 SH

 

Open to Students Accepted to Program Only 45 SH
ED 587 Counseling Diverse Populations 3 SH
EPY 600 Assessment for Counselors 3 SH
EPY 601 Fundamentals of Statistics & Research Design 3 SH
EPY 602 Interviewing & Consultation Across the Life-Span: Principles & Techniques 3 SH
EPY 603 Group Work Foundation: Theory & Practice 3 SH
EPY 605 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Skills 3 SH
EPY 606 Advanced Group Work: Theory & Practice 3 SH
EPY 608 Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mgmt, Delivery and Consultation 3 SH
EPY 611 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH
EPY 614 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH
EPY 615 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 SH
EPY 620 Marriage and Family Counseling 3 SH
EPY 621 Drug and Alcohol Counseling 3 SH
EPY 630 Introduction to Psychopathology 3 SH
EPY 619 Crisis Counseling in the Community and School 3 SH
Two Faculty-approved Electives
6 SH

Total Semester Hours: 60 SH

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