MEd in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in School Counselor, Secondary, Certification

Degree Requirements

Students who select this specialty have an interest in working as elementary school, middle school, or high school counselors. The curriculum of this specialty is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training as well as the comprehensive school guidance and counseling program model, both of which emphasize the best in counseling psychology theory, research, and practice. The missions of the MU School Counseling Masters and Specialist degree programs are to prepare individuals to practice successfully as entry-level multiculturally sensitive professional school counselors in socially and economically diverse work settings.

The specific courses that meet these requirements are as follows (42 credit hours):

General Psychology Core6
Foundations of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Child and Adolescent Development
Counseling Psychology Core15
Foundations of Counseling Psychology
Foundations of Career Psychology
Methods in Group Counseling
Counseling Methods and Practices (Secondary)
Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents: Behavioral Intervention (Elementary)
Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents: Evidence- Based Therapies (Elementary)
(Students wishing to receive Elementary/Secondary certification are required to complete an additional 3 hours of practicum in the setting in which they did not previously complete a practicum plus complete all of the other coursework in both elementary and secondary school counseling.)
Counseling Psychology Practicum (Elementary and Secondary School Counseling - Public Schools)
Counseling Psychology Practicum (Elementary and Secondary School Counseling - Public Schools)
Specialty Requirements12
Parent Counseling and Consultation
School Guidance Programs
Program Evaluation for School Counselors
Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Social and Cultural Identity Development
Required Teacher Education courses to fulfill the State of Missouri requirements for School Counselor candidates who are not Certified Teachers
Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience
Inquiry into Schools, Community and Society: Field
Foundation of Teacher Prep I
Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I
Foundation of Teacher Prep II

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Sample Plan of Study

First Year
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Second Year
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 3-9 6-12  
Total Credits: 39-51

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Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements

Students complete a portfolio as part of their comprehensive exams and defend it to a committee.

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MEd in Educational and Counseling Psychology program and the minimum requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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