Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling

Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling online

The Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling is designed to prepare school counselors to serve the academic, career, personal and social needs of culturally diverse students in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools.

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60 credit hours
$275 per credit hour*

Learn how to identify risk factors and incorporate developmental, ethnical, legal, and gender appropriate strategies and techniques to meet the counseling needs of children and adolescents with the M.Ed. in C&D, Professional School Counseling.

In this program, you will examine various theoretical, behavioral, and play therapy techniques and study effective interventions for children, adolescents, and transitional age youth at risk for developing or who have developed a recognized behavioral health disorder. You will also gain professional skills to help bridge community and school mental health services using an integrative approach.

Taught by the same award winning faculty who teach on campus, this M.Ed. meets the educational coursework for the School Counseling Certification and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas and includes one residency, one 15-week practicum, and one 15-week internship.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

The Residency course requires travel and lodging for a 1-week stay at Lamar University or selected location that is not included in tuition. Residency

Online Courses

Courses in the M.Ed. in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling are designed to meet the educational requirements set forth by the state of Texas for counseling programs in Texas. Out-of-state students must check with their respective state requirements for certification and/or licensure.

CNDV 5301 Human Growth and Development

A study of normal human development and the stages of physical, intellectual, social and emotional growth from prenatal origins through old age.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5304 Foundations of Professional Counseling

This course focuses on the foundations of professional counseling. The course includes an exploration of the history, philosophy, trends, and practice of counseling; the roles and functions of the counseling profession to include the ethics, laws, and guiding principles for mental health counselors, marriage, couple and family counselors, and school counselors across practice settings; methods and models of clinical supervision; professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials; and other related professional issues.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5306 Child and Adolescent Counseling

This course provides specialized knowledge and skills training in counseling children and adolescents. Students will learn to assess behavior and incorporate developmentally, ethnically, legally, and gender appropriate strategies and techniques to meet the needs of counseling children and adolescents. Students will examine various theoretical, behavioral, and play therapy techniques for counseling children and adolescents.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5310 Counseling Skills

An introduction of facilitation skills and theory. In depth analysis and demonstration of various facilitation techniques for use with counseling clients.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5311 Individual Counseling Theories & Techniques

Theories of individual counseling with an emphasis on techniques and applications. Level 1 course required prior to CNDV 5310 & 5312.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5312 Group Counseling Theories & Techniques

An analysis of group counseling theories, processes and techniques; pre-practicum course.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5320 Multicultural Counseling

Studies in human diversity and cultural issues. Identifies the implications for counseling and learning and strategies for cross cultural effectiveness in various settings.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5322 Professionalism, Ethics and the Law

An overview of the profession with an emphasis on legal issues, ethical principles and professional standards of conduct in the area of counseling.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5323 Career Development

A focus on theories of vocational choice, vocational assessment, sources of occupational and educational information and the career decision process. Prerequisites: CNDV 5301 or permission of instructor.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5324 Substance Abuse Counseling

A focus on theories of vocational choice, vocational assessment, sources of occupational and educational information and the career decision process. Prerequisites: CNDV 5301 or permission of instructor.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5325 Advanced Ethics in Mental Health Counseling

This course focuses application of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling and human service settings. Emphasis is placed on national and current state board rules, records management, strategies for personal and professional self-evolution, implications for practice, and client and professional advocacy.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5327 Psychopathology and Basic Psychopharmocology

This course prepares mental health professionals in the basic diagnostic systems, research and explanations of psychopathology and basic working knowledge for integrating psychopharmacology for effective coordinating of services in an integrated health mode.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5330 Developmental Guidance and Counseling

Designed to advance the professional competence of the counselor, the course is a study of the design and management of a comprehensive developmental guidance program. Emphasis is placed on the planning and implementation of a guidance curriculum appropriate for the needs of school age children and youth.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5334 Measurement and Assessment

Provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation to include basic statistical concepts; standardized and nonstandardized testing; strategies for selecting, administering and interpreting assessment; and evaluation instruments in educational and counseling settings.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5350 Abnormal Human Behavior

A study of various symptom categories in psychopathology. The course will include an analysis of the diagnostic categories as well as the research concerning etiology and treatment. Prerequisites: Approval of instructor or 12 semester hours of CNDV coursework.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5353 Research and Program Evaluation

This course introduces students to counseling research and provides them with a foundation in the design of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to research and program evaluation in counseling. An emphasis is placed on evaluating research and applying research outcomes to practice. Students are exposed to legal and ethical issues associated with human subjects' protection.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5380 Seminar Counseling & Development

Designed to advance the professional competence of participants. For each seminar, a description of the particular area of study will be indicated. May be repeated for credit when nature of seminar differs sufficiently from one previously taken. Prerequisites: CNDV 5311 or approval of instructor.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5381 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

An intensive exploration of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships, including family and social issues. A critical analysis of various techniques and approaches will be established. Development of personal counseling skills will be of major concern. Prerequisites: CNDV 5322, CNDV 5311.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5390 School Counseling Practicum

A field-based course with supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in a school setting during the school day. Prerequisite: Must be within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CNDV 5394 Internship I (15-weeks)

A field-based course of supervised observation and practice of guidance and counseling in an agency setting. Prerequisite: CNDV 5310, 5311, 5312 and within 6 semester hours (excluding practicum) of completing program requirements before beginning internship. A maximum of one additional course may be taken any semester in which a student is enrolled in a practicum.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Lamar University's online Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a Specialization in Professional School Counseling offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

Upcoming Start Dates:

July 16, 2018

Apply by June 18, 2018

August 27, 2018

Apply by July 30, 2018

October 8, 2018

Apply by September 10, 2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

$275

Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710
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The Clinical Mental Health program has a strategic enrollment process to comply with CACREP accreditation and space may be limited.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Teaching Certification

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate.

Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher are eligible for a GRE waiver.

Program-Specific Requirements

Verify the departmental and program-specific admission requirements for this program.