Master of Science in Education – Counseling

Online Education Degree

 

Overview:

A passionate and caring counselor can mean the world to an individual or a family who is going through difficult times. Our graduate program in School and Professional Counseling will help you fulfill your goal of guiding and shaping people’s lives in a positive way. Become a K-12 school counselor in a public or parochial school, or a professional counselor available to members of your community.

Using insight from practicing counselors who know the on-the-job challenges of the profession, graduates of this Concordia University Online program have the freedom to choose their practicum sites based on their academic interests and their own talents. Our small class sizes mean you’ll have ready access to the resources and attention you need to succeed. Our program allows you to maximize your ability to help individuals, families, and organizations on their own path.

While our standards often qualify for other states, students looking to practice counseling outside of Wisconsin should make sure the class is in alignment with the license qualifications where they plan to work.

  • Graduates can pursue the WDPI #7054 School Counselor licensure for Wisconsin.
Area of Study Counseling
Next Start Date Varies
Credits
45 - 48
Cost/Credit
$548
Total Cost
$24,660 - $26,304
Higher Learning Commission of the NCACS
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I found all of the classes and the program to be outstanding, and the support from Concordia was unlike anything I have ever seen in 26 years as an educator. I loved the program!
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Goals / Objectives

  • Control of the basic theoretical underpinnings of personality development: psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, social learning, and biological traits
  • Experience with test design and analysis
  • Knowledge of how to plan, establish, administer, and evaluate counseling programs
  • Clear, objective insight into the dynamics of one-to-one counseling, and the role of the counselor
  • Knowledge of the different purposes, types, functions, and principles of group counseling
  • Developed understanding of how to engage in and evaluate small-group processes and relationships
  • Knowledge of human development in the biological, cognitive, psychosocial, and spiritual fields of discourse

Career Outlook

  • Online Teaching
  • Traditional Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Research
  • Phone Services
  • Writing
  • Community and Social Services
  • International Work and Humanitarianism

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Counseling

Counseling Foundations - 36 Required Credits

Counseling Theories and Issues (COUN 843) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Counseling Theories and Issues provides both the historical and current perspectives of various theories of counseling, as well as introducing the student to the profession of counseling. The graduate counseling program requirements are introduced including portfolio requirements for school counseling candidates, APA writing style, and legal and ethical guidelines for counseling.
Social/Cultural Foundations in Counseling (COUN 852) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an exploration of various cultures and their impact on human behavior. The focus of this course is on the powerful impact that cultural background may have on the mental health field, and on how biases may affect therapeutic relationships. Current issues and therapeutic techniques are addressed keeping in mind our multicultural society.
Professional Ethics in the Helping Profession (COUN 892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Professional Ethics in the Helping Profession explores the planning, establishing, administering, and evaluating of counseling/consultation programs. The student will engage in his/her own design, implementation and evaluation of a program within his/her own special area of interest.
Human Development (COUN 884) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Human Development offers students an opportunity to explore issues in the stages of human development over the life span. Various issues related to human development in the biological, cognitive, psychosocial, and spiritual spheres will be discussed. Further, students will also become more familiar with the major psychological theories pertaining to human development.
Theories of Personality (COUN 854) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Theories of Personality focuses on the basic theoretical underpinnings of personality development: psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, social learning, biological and trait . Emphasis will be placed on ways in which a counselor incorporates these theories with their personal beliefs as helping professional to best serve their clients.
Individual Counseling (COUN 593* (On Campus)) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Must be taken on campus for both online formats. Individual Counseling provides the student with hands-on experience in individual counseling techniques as well as the opportunity to gain objective insight into the dynamics of one-to-one counseling, and the role of the counselor . The course requirements include practice of counseling techniques, small-group activities, audio or video-taped counseling sessions designed to promote self-awareness, skill development and development of intentional competencies.
Group Counseling (COUN 594* (On Campus)) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Must be taken on campus for both online formats. Group Counseling discusses the purpose, types, functions and principles of group counseling. Students develop an understanding of how to engage in and evaluate small group processes and relationships. Group counseling techniques, group development, and group stages are addressed.
Tests & Measurement (COUN 887) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Tests & Measurement provides the student with an understanding of test analysis and design . Special emphasis is placed on evaluating the validity and reliability of commercially available tests and self created test instruments.
Career Counseling Foundations (COUN 861) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Career Counseling Foundations refers to the life-long process of developing knowledge about the world of work. Skills and aptitudes, interests, personality characteristics, beliefs and values are all important aspects of career counseling. This course introduces a variety of theories and practices in career development and career counseling using career assessments and information sources.
Consultation Strategies (COUN 864) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Consultation Strategies is designed to provide an overview of the consultation process and insight into the various roles that consultants may play. Theoretical approaches and principles of consultation, planned change, and organizational development will be discussed as well as counselors as consultants within the organization and within the community.
Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Developmental Counseling Programs (COUN 886) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course explores the planning, establishing, administering, and evaluating of counseling/consultation programs. The student will engage in his/her own design, implementation and evaluation of a program within his/her own special area of interest.

Counseling Electives

Psychopharmacology (COUN 812) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Psychopharmacology provides a brief overview of the major drug groups and their rationale for use, professionally and recreationally. Emphasis will be placed on how issues involving alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use and abuse may play a part in the therapeutic milieu.
Family Development (COUN 880) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Family Development explores issues in family systems and the cycle of family life. Topics focus on issues relating to family systems and stages of family development. The course is designed to generate an understanding of the family system in biological, psychological, and spiritual development.
Trauma Counseling (COUN 882) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Trauma Counseling gives students an opportunity to learn how to work with survivors of trauma. The student will enhance skills to help trauma survivors and families who have experienced trauma. Topics will include: post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma in families, trauma in children and compassion fatigue.
Psychopathology (COUN 888) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Psychopathology views how human and scientific aspects of normal/abnormal psychology converge in the world of clinical treatment. Students will gain an understanding of conceptual framework and alternative modes of treatment.

School Counselor (K-12) Track

Leads to (WI DPI License #7054)

Practicum I (COUN 898) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Practicum I provides 300 hours of field experiences designed to acclimate and prepare the student to assume responsibilities of a school counselor. The students will complete a practicum experience within an approved school setting under the supervision of an on-site counselor and Concordia University counselor/supervisor.
Practicum II (COUN 899) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Practicum II is a continuation of Practicum I. The student completes an additional 300 hours of field experience under supervision of both an on-site counselor and a supervisor/counselor from Concordia University.
Portfolio I (COUN 927)
No course description at this time.
Portfolio II (COUN 928)
No course description at this time.
Portfolio III (COUN 929)
No course description at this time.

Non Licensed Teachers Must Also Complete the following for the School Counselor Track.

Classroom Management for Counselors (COUN 920) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course examines the effective characteristics of successful secondary student instruction. The course emphasizes instructional design, content objectives, lesson and unit plan construction, instructional strategy selection, along with classroom management implications.

Professional Counseling Track

Practicum (COUN 906) - Credits: 1

Course Description

Practicum is an introduction to the field experiences for students in the area of professional counseling. An orientation to the profession takes place during a 100 hour supervised field experience. The professional counselor will complete the practicum experience in an approved professional setting under the supervision of a licensed professional counselor and Concordia University counselor/supervisor.
Internship I (COUN 907) - Credits: 2

Course Description

Internship I is a 300 hour field-based internship/practicum designed to introduce student practitioners to the form and content of their discipline. Exposure to the day-to-day realities of clinical practice, i .e ., case file maintenance, record keeping, staffing sessions, consultations with colleagues and other health-care providers, are expected to aid in shaping professional expectations and behaviors while preparing students for the transition from graduate school to professional practice. Students are to develop and demonstrate professional levels of competency in the various areas of clinical practice recommended and described by the American Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Internship II (COUN 908) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Internship II is a 300 hour field-based internship/practicum experience designed to further develop the skills of the student practitioner. Continuation of the work started in COUN 903 in the development of professional levels of competency of clinical practice recommended and described by the American Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors is the desired outcome.

DPI Guidance Counselors Must Also Complete the Praxis II exam
Alternative Education (WI DPI #1952) Add-On For Secondary Teachers (optional)

Curriculum and Program for Early Childhood Special Education: 0-8 (Early Intervention Practicum; Preschool/Primary Practicum) (EDG 932) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with the methods, techniques, and adaptations necessary for programming for young children with disabilities. The course examines how teachers can implement developmentally appropriate practices for children with disabilities in early childhood settings. Students will learn to design and adapt learning environments, curricular activities, and materials so they will better enable the active and full participation of all children, especially children with disabilities.

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