Master of Education in School Counseling

With or without thesis

Overview

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The Master’s of Education in School Counseling program at Wright State University has been nationally accredited by the Council of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 1989. Our program prepares school counseling professionals to provide services to students in kindergarten through 12th grade educational settings. Our curriculum emphasizes counseling approaches, lifespan development and comprehensive school counseling program models including courses in crisis counseling, counseling exceptional students,  student problematic behaviors and family systems. Master’s degree school counseling students develop professional skills such as consultation, collaboration, leadership, and advocacy to work with children and adolescents facing complex social, educational, and other pressures faced in today’s world.

Included in our 54 credit hour program is a one semester practicum and two semester internship. These hands on practical field experiences allow students to participate in a one and a half academic year professional training under the supervision of a professional school counselor supervisor. Graduates of our School Counselor Program are eligible for the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) licensure examination. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensure examinations.

School Counseling Narrative Report

School Counseling Narrative Report

Year: 2013

Number of Graduates: 27
Completion Rate: 100%

  • Represents the percentage of students that graduated within the 3 year expected time frame. Many students exceed this time frame due to balancing full-time jobs and family responsibilities.

PRAXIS II Exam Pass Rate: 100%

  • Effected January 2014 students will take the OAE School Counselor Licensure Exam (040)

Job Placement: 60% 

  • Represents the percentage of students who were employed in the field within six months of graduation.
Contact Information

Program Director
Tara Hill Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
108L Allyn Hall
3640 Col. Glenn HW
(937) 775-2075
tara.hill@wright.edu

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • 2.7 cumulative minimum GPA or better, and GRE score of 291 (Q&V sections combined) or MAT scaled score of 403

OR

  • 3.3 cumulative minimum GPA 

*Applicants can also be admitted conditionally if cumulative GPA is between 2.3 and 2.7

Admission Deadlines

The graduate counseling and rehabilitation counseling programs review and admit new student twice a year. You are eligible to begin your program the following semester after you are admitted (i.e., students admitted in the fall are eligible to start taking classes in the spring semester). The deadline to have all required application materials submitted to the Graduate School is as follows:

  • Spring 2015 Semester Admission: September 19, 2014
  • Summer 2015 or Fall 2015 Semester Admission: February 3, 2015
  • Spring 2016 Semester Admission: September 18, 2015

Only complete applications will be forward to the Department of Human Services office for review. Please check with the Graduate School at (937) 775-2976 to determine if your application is complete. After department review, successful candidates will be invited to a required group interview (successful candidates will receive invitation via mail). Group interview details are provided in invitation letter.

Admission Process

1

Apply to Graduate School.

2

Submit:

  • Three Recommendation Forms (PDF) from individuals listed as references.
  • Include a statement of educational and professional goals.
3

Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723
Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

Practicum

Practicum

The practical experience provided through a practicum experience is a critical component of all counselor education programs. The counseling practicum is meant to be a culminating experience, in that the student should be able to display essential knowledge, skills, and values in an actual kindergarten -12th grade school setting. Through this experience students engage in all of the day to day responsibilities and roles of professional school counselors. All School Counseling Master’s Degree students are required to secure a practicum site and professional school counselor supervisor from whom students will receive direct professional guidance and direction.

Practicum Requirements

Students normally enter the practicum with a common core of academic experiences. Practicum students will have completed coursework related to the basic principles and procedures utilized by professional counselors, and will have been exposed to the major theories and techniques of counseling. A Program of Study form must be completed and on file in the Department of Human Services Office prior to students submitting an application for practicum. It is recommended that School Counseling Master’s Degree students complete the practicum in during the spring or fall semester at a kindergarten-12th grade educational facility.

Prerequisites

All counseling students are required to have completed the following courses with a grade of “B” or better:

  • CNL 6010 Counseling Theory and Practice
  • CNL 7290 Multicultural Counseling
  • CNL 6030 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling
  • CNL 6020* Techniques of Counseling

*CNL 6020 Techniques of Counseling, must be completed within TWO semesters prior to  Practicum

School Counseling Students must complete the following courses PRIOR to beginning practicum.

  • CNL 6210** Crisis Counseling
  • CNL 6220 Group Background and Theory OR CNL 7220 Group Process in Counseling
  • CNL 7280 Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • CNL 7650 Principles and Practices of School Counseling
  • CNL 6620 Problems in Student Behavior and Development
  • CNL 6200 Clinical Pathology in Counseling
    *CNL 6200 Clinical Pathology in Counseling is only required if completing practicum at a clinical mental health counseling site.

**CNL 6210 Crisis Counseling, Beginning Fall 2015 School Counseling students applying for practicum will need to have completed CNL 6210 Crisis Counseling, as a prerequisite.

Application for Practicum:

The following application materials must be submitted and approved prior to enrolling in CNL8650 Individual and Group Practicum:

         Forms

  • Completed Program of Study (signed by the student, assigned faculty advisor, and department chair)
  • Appendix 1 – Application for Practicum – CNL8650
  • Appendix 2 – Counseling Practicum Contract/Memo of Understanding – CNL8650
  • Appendix 3 – Site Supervisor Information Sheet – CNL8650
  • Appendix 4 – Student’s Practicum Site Information Sheet – CNL 8650
  • Independent Contractor Acknowledgement (Complete by site supervisor)

*Appendixes can be found in practicum manual. 

Application Due Dates
  • February 15th for Practicum enrollment during Summer and Fall semester
  • October 10th for Practicum enrollment during Spring semester

Other graduation requirements include widened of student learning based on the 7 content strands listed below:

  • Content Knowledge
  • Pedagogical (Application of)
  • Content Knowledge
  • Diversity
  • Technology
  • Professionalism
  • Emotional Intelligence

Students must submit applications for both practicum and internship each semester. Please see handbook for specific information related to application on materials.

  • Verification of Insurance
  • Application
  • Site supervision information  
  • TK 20

Applications and paperwork apply for one semester only-students MUST apply each semester they plan to register for Internship.The student must supply verification of liability insurance at the time of each application. A photocopy of the insurance application and check will not fulfill this requirement. The student can provide a copy of the policy or anything that states their name and the dates that they will be covered by the insurance. Student applications to join the American Counseling Association (ACA) and applications for ACA Professional Liability Insurance are available in 108 Allyn Hall. Students may also join the ASCA for Professional Liability Insurance.

Practicum Requirements

The following indicates the minimum requirements for counseling practicum placements (based on a 15-week semester). 

On-Site Requirements:

  • The student is required to spend a minimum of 7 hours per week* (for a minimum total of 100 hours per semester) at his/her site; however, a site may require additional hours. Students are strongly encouraged to exceed the minimum number of required counseling hours per week.
  • Of the 100 hours, a minimum total of 40 hours must involve direct client/student contact.
    • Of these 40 hours, at least 25 percent (10 hours) must be of individual counseling and at least 25 percent (10 hours) must be of group counseling. The remaining 50 percent (20 hours) may be a combination of counseling: individuals, groups, couples, families, consultation, and appraisal.
  • In addition, one hour per week must be direct individual supervision of the practicum student by the site supervisor.
  • For purposes of critique and evaluation, two video tapes are required for review during site supervision sessions and class meetings. Intake interviews alone will not fulfill these requirements. Students have the responsibility for following site procedures, both for securing permission to tape and insuring the confidentiality of the obtained tape.

*Wright State University’s summer semesters are schedule for 12-weeks. Students registered for Practicum during a summer semester will be required to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week at the practicum site, in order to obtain the minimum 100 hours required for practicum. However, it is recommended that School Counseling Master’s Degree students enroll in practicum only during the regular academic year (fall or spring semester).

Students must be supervised by a professional school counselor licensed or certified by the Ohio Department of Education with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and at least 2 years of experience as a school counselor.

CNL 8670 School Counseling Internship Time Log 

Internship

CNL 8670 School Counseling

The student is required to complete a total of 6 credit hours of CNL 8670 for a minimum of 600 clock hours at his/her internship site with a minimum of 240 direct client contact clock hours. One credit hour equals 100 clock hours on site. The following are minimum internship requirements.

Prerequisites
• In addition to completing the requirements for practicum, the practicum (CNL 8650) must be completed.

Applications and paperwork apply for one semester only-students MUST apply each semester they plan to register for Internship.The student must supply verification of liability insurance at the time of each application. A photocopy of the insurance application and check will not fulfill this requirement. The student can provide a copy of the policy or anything that states their name and the dates that they will be covered by the insurance. Student applications to join the American Counseling Association (ACA) and applications for ACA Professional Liability Insurance are available in 108 Allyn Hall. Students may also join the ASCA for Professional Liability Insurance.

Summer Semester and Fall Semester- February 15 Spring Semester – October 10

Internship Requirements

*Please refer to the Practicum and Internship PowerPoint presentation on the DHS homepage for additional information.The following procedures are required in order to register for
CNL 8670:

Application Steps:

  • 1.The student needs to submit an application, proof of liability insurance ,an unofficial academic advising report, and a copy of the program of study, by the dates specified below for each semester of CNL 8670:

Last semester Internship submissions:

  • OAE  School Counselor Exam or department comprehensive exam results (evidence of passing).

Note: Students must pass the OAE School Counselor Exam for Ohio School Counseluncer licensure. Students who pass the OAE are not required to take the department comprehensive exam. 

Program Outcomes

School Counseling Learner Outcomes 

****Last year, there were 35 graduates of Wright State University's School Counseling program. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensing examinations. The pass rate for graduates taking the NCE examination in 2012 was 97%. Of the admitted students, 67% graduate from the program in the expected time period and 85% of those program graduates responding to surveys were employed in the field within six months of graduation.