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, top ranked by the US News and World report, 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, students 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 top ranked program by US News and World Report allows you to maximize your ability to help individuals, families, and organizations on their own path.

While our standards often qualify students for licensure in other states, students looking to practice counseling outside of Wisconsin should make sure the program meets the licensing requirements of the state in which they plan to work.

  • Graduates of the school counseling track are eligible for the #7054 School Counselor license through WI DPI.
  • Graduates of the professional counseling track are eligible for the LPC-IT (Licensed Professional Counselor – In Training) credential through WI DSPS.
  • Graduates who have completed specific coursework are eligible for the SAC-IT (Substance Abuse Counselor – In Training) credential through WI DSPS.

Our Counseling Program has been ranked in the top 10 Most Affordable Counseling Programs by The Best Master’s Degrees, in Bestcolleges.com‘s top 20 Best Online Programs: Master’s in School Counselingcollegechoice.net‘s Best Master’s in Online Counseling, 2016College Values Online‘s Top 30 Degree Programs, 2017 and Best Online Master’s in Counseling Degrees by affordablecollegesonline.org

 

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Area of Study Counseling
Next Start Date Varies
Credits
45 - 60
Cost/Credit
$579
Total Cost
$26,055 - $34,740
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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

  • Guidance Counselor
  • Professional Counselor
  • Christian Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Writing
  • Community and Social Services
  • International Work and Humanitarianism

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School Counseling

Foundations

Counseling Theories and Issues (COUN 543/843) - 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 552/852) - 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. This class will be taught by an ordained pastor or a commissioned teacher of religion who is a licensed counselor. This class will be offered periodically as COUN 552/852-REL and will be taught by an ordained pastor or commissioned minister of religion who are licensed counselors. When COUN 552/852-REL is delivered in this format, the focus will be to integrate Biblical passages that specifically address social/cultural concepts within the course. 3 graduate credits.
Models and Methods of Christian Family Counseling (COUN 577/877) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Human Development (COUN 584/884) - Credits: 3

Course Description

COUN 584/884 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. Prerequisite: COUN 543/843.
Professional Ethics in the Helping Profession (COUN 592/892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course deals with philosophical issues affecting practice. Special attention is given to ethics and the nature of humankind. Legal issues such as confidentiality, malpractice, school law and the counselor as wellness will be discussed. 3 credits.

School Counseling

Core Requirements

Career Counseling Foundations (COUN 561/861) - 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.
Tests & Measurement (COUN 587/887) - 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. Prerequisites: COUN 543/843; COUN 584/884 or EDG 580/880; COUN 592/892. 3 credits.
Christian Trauma Counseling (COUN 578/878) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Trauma Counseling affords the student the opportunity to learn how to work with victims and survivors of trauma. The student will discuss skills for dealing with trauma survivors and families, and trauma victims. Topics will include: compassion fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma in families and trauma in children. Prerequisites: COUN 593/893 and COUN 594/894. 3 credits.
Classroom Management for Counselors (COUN 620/920) - 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.
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.
Consultation Strategies within the Church (COUN 565/865) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Consultation Strategies Within in the Church 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. Prerequisites: COUN 543/843; COUN 584/884 or EDG 580/880; COUN 592/892; COUN 552/882 or COUN 550/880; COUN 554/884; COUN 593/893; COUN 594/894. 3 credits.
Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Developmental Counseling Programs (COUN 586/886) - 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. Prerequisites: 30 credit hours completed within the counseling program. 3 credits.

School Counseling

Electives

Christian Perspective of Psychopharmacology (COUN 510/810) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Perspective of Psychopharmacology provides a thorough overview of Alcohol and other drugs, the rationale for their use in schools and the community. Emphasis will be placed on the major categories of medications, drugs and alcohol with case overviews outlining the process of making the best possible referral and counseling practices. 3 credits.
Addictions Counseling (COUN 520/820) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course “provides an overview of addiction, the process of addiction, treatment and recovery approaches, relapse prevention, developmental issues related to addiction; treatment and prevention planning in regard to addiction.” (Wisconsin Legislature: MPSW 14.01 (g) 3. In addition to Alcohol and Drug concerns, this course will also address behavioral addictions such as: gambling, shopping, gaming, sex and hoarding. 3 credits.
Foundations in Mental Health Counseling (COUN 589/889) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course reviews the history of mental health counseling, as well as reviewing various models, theories and principles of mental health counseling in a clinical setting. Various options for treatment, as well as various responsibilities which are a part of clinical mental health counseling are addressed. Further, various aspects of clinical work are addressed: Advocacy, consultation, collaboration and ethics. 3 credits.
Psychopathology (COUN 588/888) - 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.
Christian Perspectives of Family Development (COUN 528/828) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Perspectives of 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. This class will be taught by an ordained pastor or a commissioned teacher of religion who is a licensed counselor. 3 credits. This class will be offered periodically as COUN 580/880-REL and will be taught by an ordained pastor or commissioned minister of religion who are licensed counselors. When COUN 580/880-REL is delivered in this format, applicable Biblical passages will be integrated into the course content and discussions.
Educating Students at Risk (EDG 632/932) - Credits: 3

Course Description

EDUCATIN G STUDENT S AT RISK 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) and Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) are discussed. The course looks at social, personal, cultural and community dynamics in relation to the education of students who are at risk.
Alternative Education (EDG 633/933) - Credits: 3

Course Description

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION studies the nature of the alternative education K-12 program in the public schools and the impact on the community. Various delivery systems and the role of the teacher in each system are addressed. Alternative education, as a part of a community process, is discussed. Discussion will range from early intervention to “last chance” programs.

School Counseling

Practicum

Practicum I (COUN 598/898) - 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. In addition students should enroll in and complete COUN 628/928-Portfolio 2 while enrolled in this course.
Portfolio I (COUN 627/927)

Course Description

As a part of the licensing requirement for school counselors, school counselor candidates must completed a 3 part portfolio that demonstrates that have mastered the pupil service standard set by the State of Wisconsin for school counselors. During Portfolio 1, students will purchase an electronic portfolio program and complete a cover page, introduction, mission statement, resume and an educational platform. 0 credit.
Portfolio II (COUN 628/928)

Course Description

As a part of the licensing requirement for school counselors, school counselor candidates must completed a 3 part portfolio that demonstrates that have mastered the pupil service standard set by the State of Wisconsin for school counselors. During Portfolio 2 students begin work on the seven pupil standards by writing a rational for each standard, collecting artifacts for each standard and begin to write introductions to each of the artifacts for each standard. 0 credit.
Portfolio III (COUN 629/929)

Course Description

As a part of the licensing requirement for school counselors, school counselor candidates must completed a 3 part portfolio that demonstrates that have mastered the pupil service standard set by the State of Wisconsin for school counselors. During Portfolio 2 students begin work on the seven pupil standards by writing a rational for each standard, collecting artifacts for each standard and begin to write introductions to each of the artifacts for each standard. 0 credit.
Practicum II (COUN 599/899) - 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. In addition, students should enroll in and complete COUN 628/928-Portfolio 3 while enrolled in this course.

Professional Counseling

Foundations

Counseling: Theories & Issues (COUN 543/843) - Credits: 3

Course Description

COUN 543/843 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 552/852) - 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. This class will be taught by an ordained pastor or a commissioned teacher of religion who is a licensed counselor. This class will be offered periodically as COUN 552/852-REL and will be taught by an ordained pastor or commissioned minister of religion who are licensed counselors. When COUN 552/852-REL is delivered in this format, the focus will be to integrate Biblical passages that specifically address social/cultural concepts within the course. 3 graduate credits.
Models and Methods of Christian Family Counseling (COUN 577/877) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Human Development (COUN 584/884) - Credits: 3

Course Description

COUN 584/884 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. Prerequisite: COUN 543/843.
Professional Ethics in the Helping Profession (COUN 592/892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course deals with philosophical issues affecting practice. Special attention is given to ethics and the nature of humankind. Legal issues such as confidentiality, malpractice, school law and the counselor as wellness will be discussed. 3 credits.

Professional Counseling

Core Requirements

Tests & Measurement (COUN 587/887) - 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. Prerequisites: COUN 543/843; COUN 584/884 or EDG 580/880; COUN 592/892. 3 credits.
Psychopathology (COUN 588/888) - 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.
Christian Trauma Counseling (COUN 578/878) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Trauma Counseling affords the student the opportunity to learn how to work with victims and survivors of trauma. The student will discuss skills for dealing with trauma survivors and families, and trauma victims. Topics will include: compassion fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma in families and trauma in children. Prerequisites: COUN 593/893 and COUN 594/894. 3 credits.
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.
Addictions Counseling (COUN 520/820) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course “provides an overview of addiction, the process of addiction, treatment and recovery approaches, relapse prevention, developmental issues related to addiction; treatment and prevention planning in regard to addiction.” (Wisconsin Legislature: MPSW 14.01 (g) 3. In addition to Alcohol and Drug concerns, this course will also address behavioral addictions such as: gambling, shopping, gaming, sex and hoarding. 3 credits.
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.
Career Counseling Foundations (COUN 561/861) - 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.
Foundations in Mental Health Counseling (COUN 589/889) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course reviews the history of mental health counseling, as well as reviewing various models, theories and principles of mental health counseling in a clinical setting. Various options for treatment, as well as various responsibilities which are a part of clinical mental health counseling are addressed. Further, various aspects of clinical work are addressed: Advocacy, consultation, collaboration and ethics. 3 credits.
Adv. Theory & Skills in Professional counseling (COUN 596/896) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course addresses specific issues related to working with clients, including those who may have substance abuse concerns, specific assessment, treatment goals, and various needs within the treatment process. The student will engage in the administration of intake interviews and other assessment tools and will interpret assessment/intake information; work with a diagnosis; and write treatment plans and notes. Case management, collaboration/consultation with other professionals and the role of education (communicable diseases, prevention, etc.) are also addressed. 3 credits.
Consultation Strategies within the Church (COUN 565/865) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Consultation Strategies Within in the Church 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. Prerequisites: COUN 543/843; COUN 584/884 or EDG 580/880; COUN 592/892; COUN 552/882 or COUN 550/880; COUN 554/884; COUN 593/893; COUN 594/894. 3 credits.
Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Developmental Counseling Programs (COUN 586/886) - 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. Prerequisites: 30 credit hours completed within the counseling program. 3 credits.

Professional Counseling

Electives

Christian Perspective of Psychopharmacology (COUN 510/810) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Perspective of Psychopharmacology provides a thorough overview of Alcohol and other drugs, the rationale for their use in schools and the community. Emphasis will be placed on the major categories of medications, drugs and alcohol with case overviews outlining the process of making the best possible referral and counseling practices. 3 credits.
Research and Evaluation in Counseling (COUN 515/815) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides “a broad understanding of types of research, basic statistics, research report development, research implementation, ...publication of research information, and ethical and legal considerations.” (Wisconsin Legislature: MPSW 14.01 (4) (d.7)). 3 credits.
Scripture and the Christian Counselor (COUN 844-REL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Scripture and the Christian Counselor will use a LCMS scriptural world view in the integration of faith-based principles into a holistic counseling approach.
Christian Care-Giving (COUN 845-REL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Care-Giving will incorporate lay ministry principles that will support the development of Christian counseling skills.
Christian Reconciliation Training (COUN 846-REL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Reconciliation Training focuses on the principles of Christian Reconciliation as developed by Ambassadors for Christian Reconciliation.
Theories of Personality (COUN 554/854) - 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.
Current Support Issues for Christian Pastors and Church Workers (COUN 863-REL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Current Support Issues for Christian Pastors and Church Workers will look at a range of topics such as physical and sexual abuse, pornography, various addictions, Christian reconciliation and other topics that churches and Christian agencies experience in their service to members and non-members.
Christian Perspectives of Family Development (COUN 528/828) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Perspectives of 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. This class will be taught by an ordained pastor or a commissioned teacher of religion who is a licensed counselor. 3 credits. This class will be offered periodically as COUN 580/880-REL and will be taught by an ordained pastor or commissioned minister of religion who are licensed counselors. When COUN 580/880-REL is delivered in this format, applicable Biblical passages will be integrated into the course content and discussions.

Professional Counseling

Practicum

Practicum (COUN 606/906) - Credits: 3

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 607/907) - Credits: 3

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 608/908) - 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.

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