In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants to the M.Ed. must complete the program application, have three completed references on file, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and take CNS ED 6000, Personal and Professional Development in Counseling, in their first semester. Admissions will be conducted twice a year. The deadlines for application are May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.
Since it is the objective of the counseling faculty to identify students with low potential for competent practice as early as possible and to initiate the necessary procedures for dealing with such students, faculty of the counseling program reserve the right to review students at any stage of their coursework. A U (Unsatisfactory) in any clinical course or any grade less than a B in any core counseling course(CNS ED 6000, Personal and Professional Development in Counseling; CNS ED 6010: Theories of Counseling; CNS ED 6270 School Counseling Practicum; CNS ED 6370, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I; CNS ED 6375: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum II; CNS ED 6280 School Counseling Field Experience; or CNS ED 6380 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience) will automatically trigger a review process by the Counseling Review Board. The Counseling Review Board process, however initiated, may result in the termination of the student’s degree program or other required or recommended remedies to address deficiencies judged by the Counseling Review Board as related to the skills that are essential to the development of competent and ethical practices as a professional counselor.
Students admitted to the M.Ed. degree programs in counseling as “restricted graduate students” (see the “graduate study” rules in this Bulletin) must attain a 3.0 GPA for the first 12 hours of graduate course work at UMSL with no grade less than a B or an S (Satisfactory) in any clinical course. Restricted students must include the following courses in the first 12 hours of coursework: CNS ED 6000: Personal and Professional Development in Counseling; CNS ED 6010: Theories of Counseling; and (CNS ED 6270 School Counseling Practicum or CNS ED 6370: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum, as appropriate). A student earning any grade less than a B in any of these courses or a U (Unsatisfactory) in any clinical course, but still maintaining a 3.0 GPA, will be allowed to repeat the course one time and must earn a grade of B or better or an S (Satisfactory) in any clinical course to be fully admitted.
Master of Education: Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The clinical mental health counseling emphasis prepares professionals for work in community settings, universities, and businesses. Graduates are eligible for the Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor credentials.
Core Curriculum (CNS ED)
|CNS ED 6010||Theories of Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6020||Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6030||Foundations for Multicultural Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6040||Group Procedures in Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6050||Individual Inventory||3|
|CNS ED 6060||Helping-Relationship Skills *||3|
|CNS ED 6070||Psychopathology and Diagnosis||3|
|CNS ED 6300||Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6370||Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I||3|
|CNS ED 6380||Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience||6|
|CNS ED 6400||Career Information and Development||3|
|CNS ED 6500||Introduction to Systems Theory for Couples and Family Counseling||3|
|CNS ED 6700||Introduction to Addictive Behaviors and Addiction Counseling||3|
|One course from the advanced multicultural cognate which includes:||3|
|Integrating Religion and Spirituality in Counseling|
|Counseling Women Toward Empowerment|
|Counseling African American Clients|
|Counseling Sexual and Gender Minorities|
|Social Class and Poverty Issues In Counseling|
|Human Sexuality in Counseling|
|Psychological Foundations and Human Development|
|The following course is required:|
|ED PSY 6210||Life-Span: Individual and Family Development||3|
|Educational Research and Evaluation Methods|
|The following course is required:|
|ED REM 6710||Educational Research Methods and Design||3|
|Electives and Area of Specialization||9|
|Electives and coursework in an area of specialization should be selected in consultation with the adviser. Areas of specialization are not required but may be chosen. They include career counseling, addictions/substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, couples and family counseling, and others.|
|Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience) 1|
Please consult with the Department office for requirements and dates of this examination.
Pending Faculty Senate C&I approval.
The Master of Education in Counseling programs prepare professionals to work in educational settings - elementary, middle, or high schools - as school counselors or in clinical settings - clinics, community mental health centers, or private practice - as clinical mental health counselors. Counselors have professional preparation in the theory and practice of counseling, treatment planning, and career development.
The candidate learning outcomes of the school and clinical mental health counseling programs are to:
Be prepared to function effectively and ethically as counselors in a variety of professional settings which includes school, community, and clinical mental health settings.
Be self-aware and sensitive to their clients as people who exist in the context of different cultures and races and people who are potentially at risk.
Be able to flexibly and skillfully construct and apply theory and techniques to fit the changing needs of clients both individually and in groups, within school, community, and/or clinical mental health settings.
Be proficient with the understanding and human relations skills necessary to consult as part of a team effort, within a school, community, and/or mental health setting.
Be prepared to help individuals meet developmental concerns and needs both individually and in a variety of developmental group programs, within a school, community, or clinical mental health setting.
Be knowledgeable about career development and the use of appraisal instruments and test interpretation and their impact on individual planning.
Be knowledgeable about research methods and research literature.
Value developing professional expertise as a lifelong process.