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School Counseling, M. Ed.

The M.Ed. and certification programs in School Counseling train specialists to provide individual and group counseling in the schools and to consult with parents and teachers concerning the social, educational, and developmental tasks of children and youth. The State Board of Education"s standards for certification of school counselors require that the candidate complete an approved Master"s degree program in counseling which has been developed in concert with school and professional organizations. CWU is affiliated with and Educational Staff Associate (ESA) professional Education Advisory Board for the preparation of school counselors. The program emphasizes supervised practicum and field experiences. Upon completion of the master's degree and certification program, the individual will be qualified for the residency level certificate as a school counselor in the State of Washington. Candidates for residency certification generally follow the two-year program leading to the Master of Education degree in School Counseling. Candidates who have already earned a master"s or doctoral degree in a related field, such as Education, Special Education, Mental Health Counseling and School Social Work are not required to earn a second Master"s, but must complete all requirements for the M.Ed. degree and certification program in school counseling, with the exception of the thesis. The certification program also requires satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination.

Prerequisites: PSY 362 and 363 (or approved equivalents) may be taken concurrently with certain program courses. Please note the background check and liability insurance requirements described in the general departmental information section.

Prefix / Course Number Course Title Credits
Required Courses  
PSY 503 Proseminar in School Counseling 3
PSY 544 Tests and Measurements 4
PSY 551 Behavior Analysis 4
PSY 552 Human Growth and Development, Advanced 3
PSY 555 Design and Analysis for Applied Research 4
PSY 559 Advanced Educational Psychology 4
PSY 560 Introduction to Counseling 4
PSY 561 Group Counseling 3
PSY 567 Counseling and Assessment: Children and Adolescents 5
PSY 569 Administering School Counseling Programs 4
PSY 571 Counseling for Relationships and Families 4
PSY 573 Career Development and Counseling 4
PSY 574 Multicultural Counseling 3
PSY 584 Behavior Disorders and Psychopathology 4
PSY 589 Professional and Ethical Issues 4
PSY 593 A Practicum in Counseling I: Interviewing 4
PSY 593 B Practicum in Counseling II: Assessment 4
PSY 593 C Practicum in Counseling III: Advanced 4
PSY 682 A School Counseling Internship I: Group 3
PSY 682 B School Counseling Internship II: Advanced 1-12
PSY 700 Master"s Thesis, Project Study, and/or Examination 6
Total Credits Program 90


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