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Master in School Counseling (MS)

The Master of Science in Counselor Education: School Counseling emphasis is designed for students wishing preparation as counselors in school settings, primarily public schools. The SOC code for this particular occupation is 21-1012.

Counseling Education Program Mission Statement

The Counselor Education Program at Eastern Washington University is committed to the selection, training, supervision, and professional success of counseling students, in keeping with the high standards established by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  As a regional teaching university, EWU has a proud history of providing education to a high percentage of first generation college students, often from under-represented and lower socioeconomic communities, a tradition which the Counselor Education program maintains.  Thus, counselor training occurs in a learning community that is intentionally focused on both skills development and personal growth of the counselor-in-training.  In this way, Counselor Education fulfills its purpose of preparing competent and caring professional counselors to meet the needs of diverse urban and rural communities.

Classes and experiences are organized to provide thorough instruction in the skills and knowledge generally recognized by the counseling profession to be effective with a K-12 population. Candidates not only focus on the following in the graduate classroom, but also for the K-12 population he or she will serve: academic, career, and personal/social development. The program is not only accredited by CACREP, but is approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).  Graduates of the program meet the requirements to become an Educational Staff Associate (ESA), the credential held by School Counselors.

Candidates of the program will have education and experiences shaped by the ASCA (American School Counseling Association) National Model.  They also have opportunity to be mentored by professionals in the community while they complete an internship.  This relationship helps guide the candidate in construction of a professional portfolio, which is a product of the knowledge and skills gained through the graduate experience. Themes include leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and systemic change, which are incorporated into the components of the ASCA model.   The components are foundation, management, accountability, and delivery.  Instruction includes all of these aspects, along with the CACREP core competencies, providing graduates with a solid entry point for a rewarding career.

For the Frequently Asked Questions to the program.

A student enrolled in this program can expect to graduate in 21 months or 6 academic quarters over 2 academic years. We have a 100% on-time completion rate once a student begins. Resident tuition for the school couneling program is $19, 392 for two years (2012-2013) and non-resident tuition is $44,902 for two years.  Fees for two academic year totals $1121.18 and estimated book costs for the program for 2 years is $1000.00. Gainful Employment Electronic Announcement #42 - 2011-2012 Disclosures for Gainful Employment Programs

Program Outcomes

Year    Number of Graduates  Completion Rate   NCE Pass Rate**    Placement Rate*
2013                11                                91.6%                          92%                 63.6%
Approximately 40 students are enrolled in the program with an estimated 85% graduation rate during the 2012-2013. Average completion rate is typically higher and ranges between 85% and 100%. The Program accepts a variable number of students each year, but is typically 24-30 with 50% in each emphasis.  Eighty percent of accepted students graduate in the expected time period, two years for full-time students.  Courses accommodate only full-time students. 
*for students seeking job placement
**National Counselor Exam or the WA state licensure exam

What will I study?

Classes and experiences are organized to provide thorough grounding in the skills and knowledge generally recognized by the counseling profession. The program is accredited by CACREP and exceeds the Washington state requirement for ESA-School Counselor Certification.

Practical application is stressed and students are provided early and continuous skill practice with personalized feedback and coaching. Continuous opportunities for expanding awareness of the self of the counselor will be provided.

School Counseling Course Requirements and Credit Hours
PSYC 506 Counseling Development and Transition Across the Lifespan (4)
PSYC 509 Classroom Management for the School Counselor (3)
PSYC 520 Tactics of Psychological Research (4)
PSYC 540 Professional School Counseling (4)
PSYC 542 Career Counseling (4)
PSYC 544 Counseling Theory and Techniques (4)
PSYC 547 Assessment in School Counseling (4)
PSYC 548 Counseling Children and Adolescents (4)
PSYC 569 Family Systems and Parent Education (4)
PSYC 575 DSM Treatment Issues for Counselors (4)
PSYC 580 Consultation in the Counseling Profession (2)
PSYC 582 The Law for School Counselors (3)
PSYC 583 Group Experience (1)
PSYC 584 Group Theory (2)
PSYC 585 Group Process in Counseling (2)
PSYC 587 Addictive Behavior Counseling (4)
PSYC 588 Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling (4)
PSYC 590 Diversity Counseling (3)
PSYC 594 Advanced School Counseling (3)
PSYC 602 Professional Portfolio (3)
PSYC 694 Practicum (12) - PrePracticum (4) Praticum (8)
PSYC 697 Internship (15)

Successful completion of both a written comprehensive examination of conceptual attainments and an oral interview of practical applications is required for graduation.

Minimum total credits for above master's degree 95 credits

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