The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Counseling. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas, listed below.
The School Counseling emphasis prepares candidates for professional careers as school counselors in Pre K-12 settings. Candidates interested in pursuing this emphasis are strongly encouraged to complete an undergraduate degree in education. While two years of teaching experience is no longer required for candidates planning to secure employment as school counselors in the state of Kansas, it is still recommended. Candidates without a degree in education or teaching experience will be required to complete additional coursework. In addition to completing the 48 hour program of study in School Counseling, a passing score on the PRAXIS II specialty test in Guidance and Counseling is required.
The Clinical Mental Health emphasis is designed to train skilled practitioners to provide direct counseling services in mental health and other community agency settings. Completion of the program and post-degree supervised experience requirements qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as Professional Counselors in Kansas, Missouri, and over 40 other states. Advanced students are also eligible to sit for the National Board for Certified Counselors Examination.
Emphasis areas include:
Options available for the degree include:
Admission to this graduate degree program requires: