Online Master of Science in Education

Make A Difference With A Graduate Online Counseling Degree

The Master of Science in Education – Counseling online graduate program prepares and trains you in the counseling field so that you may help others cope with and understand their life situation. You will learn the basic skill areas of counseling, including assessment, consultation, individual and group counseling, ethics and research, evaluating counseling needs, and information on the resources available to church and community. Our online graduates work in schools, agencies, and communities at large, sharing their faith, skills, and trust in God.

Program Features and Benefits

  • Instructors are practitioners in the field who bring that experience to the classroom.
  • School and professional tracks available with the possibility for dual licensure.
  • Graduates of the school counseling program will be eligible for licensing in Wisconsin.
  • Graduates of the professional program will be eligible for their professional counseling training license.
  • Flexible online options include self-paced and collaborative online learning.
  • Students have the flexibility to align their selection of practical sites to their interests and talents.
Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
Counseling Foundations - 36 Required Credits.
COUN 843Theories and IssuesTheories 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.3
COUN 854Theories of PersonalityTheories 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.3
COUN 861Career Counseling FoundationsCareer 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.3
COUN 864Consultation StrategiesConsultation 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.3
COUN 887Tests and Measurements for CounselorsThis course 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.3
COUN 886Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Developmental Counseling ProgramsThis 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.3
COUN 892Professional Ethics in the Helping ProfessionProfessional 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.3
COUN 593* (On Campus)Individual CounselingMust 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.3
COUN 594* (On Campus)Group CounselingMust 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.3
COUN 852Social/Cultural Foundations in CounselingThis 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.3
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EDG 880Family DevelopmentFamily 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.3
COUN 884Human DevelopmentHuman 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.3
Counseling Electives
COUN 812PsychopharmacologyPsychopharmacology 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.3
COUN 850Social PsychologySocial Psychology is the scientific study of the way in which people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by other people. Interactions of an individual with one or more other individuals in social settings are analyzed. Social Psychology introduces basic concepts of small group behavior, communication, and development of attitudes.3
COUN 882Trauma CounselingTrauma 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.3
COUN 896Adv. Theory & Skills in Professional counseling3
Professional Counseling Track
COUN 888PsychopathologyPsychopathology 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.3
COUN 906PracticumPracticum 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.1
COUN 907Internship IInternship 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.2
COUN 908Internship IIInternship 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.3
School Counselor (K-12) Track - WI DPI License #7054
COUN 898Practicum IPracticum 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.3
COUN 899Practicum IIPracticum 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.3
COUN 927Portfolio I0
COUN 928Portfolio II0
COUN 929Portfolio III0
Non Licensed Teachers Must Also Complete the following for the School Counselor Track.
COUN 920Classroom Management for CounselorsThis 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.3
DPI Guidance Counselors Must Also Complete the Praxis II exam
Alternative Education (#1952) Add-On For Secondary Teachers (optional)
EDG 932Educating Students at RiskThis course intends to help identify students in a K-12 setting who are or have the potential to be at risk academically, behaviorally or socially. The course also intends to help develop attitudes, skills and techniques to be effective teachers of the at-risk student. Response to Intervention (RtI) will be discussed. The course will look at social, personal, cultural and community dynamics in relation to the education of students who are at risk.3
EDG 933Alternative EducationThis course studies the nature of the alternative education K-12 program in the public schools. The various delivery systems and the role of the teacher in each system will be addressed. Alternative education, as a part of a community process, will be discussed. Discussion will range from early intervention to "last chance" programs.3