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Master of Science in Guidance & Counseling

The MS in Guidance and Counseling program is designed to prepare students for counseling positions in public and private elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The curriculum combines courses in theory, practice, and specific areas of specialization. Graduate students are invited to become an integral part of a diverse, learning community committed to life-long learning and counselor/education leadership. Program faculty encourage opportunities for professionalization including collaborative research, presentations, and university intellectual life offerings. A comprehensive developmental guidance model provides a framework for the provision of professional and compassionate school guidance services.

Students who do not have the Florida Teacher Certification may obtain certification in Guidance and Counseling by completing the program and meeting the additional requirements of the State of Florida Department of Education. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of Education in order to determine additional coursework and testing requirements (Professional Preparation, Florida State Board of Education Rule (6A-4.006(2)). It is advisable to fulfill these requirements prior to admission into the graduate, degree-seeking Guidance and Counseling Program. Interested students are strongly encouraged to have transcripts evaluated by the Florida State Department of Education before making formal application to the Guidance and Counseling program. Undergraduate courses and testing requirements can be clarified before pursuing the master’s degree.

Forty-five (45) semester hour credits are required for the MS in Guidance and Counseling program. The courses in the curriculum have been approved by the State of Florida Department of Education. Certification is an individual responsibility; therefore, all students are advised to contact the Department of Education Certification Office for specific information prior to enrollment in the Program.

All guidance candidates must meet the criteria for security clearance according to the policies and procedures of the public school districts and private school rules. The cost of required finger printing is the responsibility of the student. Should the student not meet the criteria for a security clearance, they will not be allowed access to any school site, which may be a requirement of any of the Program course offerings. Students are encouraged to seek security clearance upon admittance to the Program.

Admission Requirements Specific to the MS in Guidance and Counseling:
In addition to the requirements listed for all counseling programs, it is recommended that, prior to entering the program, students have:

1.  Basic Florida Teaching Certification on the early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary school level.
2.  One or more years of teaching experience or social service work experience.
3.  Professional writing proficiency.
4.  A personal goal statement that demonstrate the capacity for professional commitment and dedication to lifelong learning, ongoing self-reflection, and both professional and personal development.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (45 credits)
Foundation Courses 24 credits
    CPS 503 Applied Research Methods
    CPS 660 Psychology of Learning and Personality Theory
    CPS 733 Introduction to Counseling
    CPS 735 Group Therapy
    CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
    CPS 745 Abnormal Psychology
    CPS 749 Intermediate Counseling
    CPS 750 Introduction to Community Consultation

Specialization Courses 18 credits
    CPS 662 Principles and Procedures of Psychological Testing
    CPS 663 Occupational and Educational Principles of Guidance
    CPS 664 Principles, Phi., and Org. of Guidance and Counseling 
    CPS 665 Org. and Development of School Guidance Programs
    CPS 667 Counseling Special and Diverse Populations
    CPS 669 Supervised Counseling Practices

Elective Courses: (3 credits) chosen from the following
    CPS 710 Play Therapy in Counseling
    CPS 734 Therapeutic Issues of Infancy and Childhood
    CPS 737 Therapeutic Issues of Adolescence 
    CPS 740 Introduction to Family Therapy and Evaluation 
    CPS 744 Substance Abuse and the Family 
    CPS 746 Human Sexuality Counseling 
    CPS 753 Crisis Intervention and Management

Additional Counseling courses can be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and applied as elective credit.

The Faculty

Experienced, full-time faculty members with degrees in counseling and counselor education teach courses in the program. Adjunct faculty members currently working as practitioners in the schools and in other community settings add expertise and diversity to the curriculum. The faculty, committed to academic excellence and community service, believe students should: strive for personal and professional growth, become advocates for their clients and for the counseling profession, and maintain high professional and ethical standards. Faculty have diverse research and practice interests and support the personal and intellectual growth of Guidance and Counseling candidate.

For more information, please contact the office for Dr. Judith Bachay at (305) 628-6568 or jbachay@stu.edu.

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