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M.A. Plan of Study

The school counseling emphasis is comprised of 51 semester hour credits . Course offerings are provided in a systematic manner to insure that students may complete their program plan of study within a two (2) academic year, or four (4) semester time period followed by a 10 month full-time internship. Limited course offerings are also provided during the summer semester. Following acceptance to the school counseling program, some students elect to begin their studies during the summer semester, however, most students begin their program of study during the fall semester following acceptance to the program.

Syllabi for all courses in the School Counselor Education program may be obtained by students prior to course enrollment from the course professor, and/or by contacting the departmental secretary in the Department of Educational Psychology, at (860) 486-4031.

Full-time students:

Fall 1

  • EPSY 5307 — Professional Orientation for School Counselors
  • EPSY 5308 — Counseling Theory and Practice
  • EPSY 5316 — Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • EPSY 5318 — Human Development Over the Lifespan

Spring 1

  • EPSY 5304 — Foundations and Content in School Counseling
  • EPSY 5301 — Group Processes in Counseling
  • EPSY 5315 — Counseling: Advanced Practice
  • EPSY 5306 — Principles of Career Development in Counseling

Fall 2

  • EPSY 5601 — Principles and Methods in Educational Research
  • EPSY 5406 — Consultation Theories and Practices
  • EPSY 5320 — Critical Issues in Counseling
  • EPSY 5317 — Fieldwork in School Counseling (Practicum)
    (or take EPSY 5317 in Spring 2)

Concurrent with:

  • EPSY 5195 — College Admissions Course

Spring 2

  • EPSY 5108 — Instruction for Students with Special Needs in the Mainstream
  • EPSY 5314 — Appraisal Procedures in Counseling
  • EPSY 5317 — Fieldwork in School Counseling (Practicum)
    (if not taken in Fall 2)

Concurrent with:

  • EPSY 5195 — College Admissions Course

Fall 3

  • EPSY 5319 — School Counseling Internship

Spring 3

  • EPSY 5319 — Internship in School Counseling

Part-Time Students:

You will begin your coursework in the first two-semesters by taking the following courses:

Fall 1

  • EPSY 5307 — Professional Orientation for School Counselors
  • EPSY 5308 — Counseling Theory and Practice

Spring 1

  • EPSY 5304 — Foundations and Content in School Counseling
  • EPSY 5315 — Counseling: Advanced Practice

The courses typically offered during the summer semester include:

  • EPSY 5304 — Foundations and Content in School Counseling
  • EPSY 5601 — Principles and Methods in Educational Research
  • EPSY 5108 — Instruction for Students with Special Needs in the Mainstream

The sequence of the coursework and the educational experiences of the curriculum are developed as a plan of study designed in consort with each student’s advisory committee (i.e., major advisor and two associate advisors) and in accord with the standards and criteria established by:

  1. Criteria for Program Accreditation of the “Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs” (CACREP, 2001).
  2. National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC, 2000), Criteria for Counselor Certification, American Counseling Association, 2000.
  3. State of Connecticut Certification Regulations for School Counselors effective July 1, 2004.

Environmental and Specialty Standards for School Counseling

Embodied in the school counseling program philosophy, curriculum, and content of its course offerings is a focus and emphasis on environmental and specialized studies that include:

  • Meeting the needs of a diverse population at all levels in urban schools
  • The American School Counseling Association’s National Model for School Counseling
  • The National Transforming School Counseling Initiative (The Education Trust, Inc.)