Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling

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 encourages 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. The curriculum combines courses in theory, practice, and specific areas of specialization 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.

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For questions, contact Judith Bachay, Program Director, at 305-628-6583

Career Opportunities

The M.S. in Guidance and Counseling program is designed to prepare students for school counseling positions in public and private elementary, middle, and secondary schools.

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

CPS 730 Psychology of Learning and Personality Theory
This course is an overview of the theoretical models of personality development and their associated clinical approaches. Theories in this course include: Primary theoretical orientations of psychotherapeutic orientations of psychotherapists in the US and will explore emerging models. Students will be asked to read, apply and learn the various approaches to client issues.

CPS 735 Group Therapy
A group-process and a group-leader experience in community based settings . A variety of group techniques is studied and modeled based on an organized body of knowledge addressing human growth within a group context. Prerequisite: CPS 730

CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
This course is designed to examine the ethical and legal issues that arise in the profession of counseling. Areas of study include legal responsibilities and liabilities, licensure and certification legislation, confidentiality and ethical standards of practice in the State of Florida, and codes of ethics developed by relevant professional organizations including the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association.

CPS 745 Abnormal Psychology
Basic concepts of abnormal psychology are examined with attention to scientific evidence as criteria for diagnosis. The DSM-5  is studied in relation to clinical psychopathology. Recognition of major mental disorders are emphasized as are methods of working with such clients and techniques of referral for psychiatric treatment.

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Course Requirements 45 Credits

Foundation Courses (24 Credits)

CPS 503 Applied Research Methods (3)
CPS 660 Psychology of Learning and Personality Theory (3)
CPS 733 Introduction to Counseling (3)
CPS 735 Group Therapy (3)
CPS 736 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling (3)
CPS 745 Abnormal Psychology (3)
CPS 749 Intermediate Counseling (3)
CPS 750 Introduction to Community Consultation (3)

Specializtion Courses (18 Credits)

CPS 662 Principles and Procedures of Psychological Testing (3)
CPS 663 Occupational and Educational Principles of Guidance (3)
CPS 664 Principles, Phi., and Org. of Guidance and Counseling (3)
CPS 665 Org. and Development of School Guidance Programs (3)
CPS 667 Counseling Special and Diverse Populations (3)
CPS 669 Supervised Counseling Practices (3)

Elective Courses chosen from the following (3 Credits)

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