Master of Arts in School Counseling Curriculum

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Curriculum in the School Counseling Master's Degree Program

The Master of Arts in School Counseling program is offered online through CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies. The program combines rigorous coursework, experiential learning, and mentoring relationships all designed to equip you with a framework for creating a school culture of success for all students, and all explicitly presented through a biblical lens.

The School Counseling degree is built strategically to meet or exceed all CACREP-specific standards, as well as the Colorado Department of Education standards, with our program meeting approval of both the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The program is designed to be completed within seven to nine semesters of intensive study in a lock-step sequence.

Online classes utilize the Blackboard learning platform. Due to the nature of counseling curriculum, some online courses will have a synchronous component, requiring students to be available for scheduled real-time videoconferencing with a small group and/or the professor and class. The program administration reserves the right to move students from one course section to another to provide equity in class size.

The M.A. School Counseling degree requires completion of 60 credit hours as follows:

  • School Counseling Core (38 hours)
  • Practicum/Internship (9 hours)
  • Electives (5 hours)
  • Bible and Theology (4 hours)
  • Residency (4 hours)

Some of the foundational courses include:

  • Counseling and Helping Relationships (CSL 620). An exploration of the major individual theories of counseling, with emphasis on their personality theory underpinnings, consistency, completeness, relation to empirical data, and practical implications. This course provides students with weekly training and practice in basic counseling skills.
  • Human Growth and Development (CSL 641). A survey of the major theories, issues, and data of developmental psychology covering early childhood through late adulthood. This course provides an opportunity for the counselor to look at the importance of development in the lives of their clients and themselves. Many factors influence one’s development including aspects of physical, cognitive, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual development.
  • Crisis and Trauma (CSL 645). Theoretical and practical intervention strategies for a variety of crises including telephone and online counseling, domestic violence, sexual assault, vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, etc.
  • Lifestyle and Career (CSL 663). An overview of career development theories, career and lifestyle counseling, occupational, and educational information sources and systems, education and guidance, and decision-making, planning, and evaluation.
  • Social and Cultural Foundations (CSL 665). A study of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society. Specific concepts addressed will include human roles, societal subgroups, social mores and interaction patterns, and differing lifestyles. Cross-cultural counseling principles and methods will also be explored.

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