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Master in School Counseling (MS)

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The Master of Science in School Counseling emphasis is designed for students wishing preparation as counselors in school settings, primarily public schools.

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    The Master of Science in Applied Psychology: 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.

    The program is both extensive and comprehensive.  It is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and fulfills Washington State academic requirements and standards for licensure or certification, and in certification requirements for National Counselor Certification.

    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 601 Research Project (3)
    PSYC 694 Practicum (12)
    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 93 credits

    Contact Information

    Nick Jackson, PhD
    Department Chair
    135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004

    email: njackson@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.6227
    fax: 509.359.4366

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