Master of Science in Counseling – School Counseling

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COUNSELING – SCHOOL COUNSELING

The Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling is a 48-credit graduate program that students can complete at their own pace. Students have the option of completing a 60-credit degree program that allows them to complete the School Counseling Program as well as coursework for licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. The Counseling program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The program’s curriculum and field experiences are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The program’s content includes the following areas: Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice, Social and Cultural Diversity, Human Growth and Development, Career Development, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Assessment, and Research/Program Evaluation. Students are instructed via didactic experiences, small group experiences, and applied learning at community based sites (e.g., agencies, schools).

Information Session

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Master of Science in Counseling: School Counseling (Flex/Part-Time) 
Enrollment:Part-Time
Start Terms:Fall, Spring, Summer
Application Deadlines:Spring 2020:
November 1

Priority Deadline Fall 2020:
February 15

Regular Deadline Fall 2020:
April 1
Application Requirements:Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Two letters of recommendation
Essay:A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
Interview:Spring 2020:
November 22 (in-person)
November 25 (virtual)

Priority Deadline: Fall 2020
March 6 (in-person)
March 9 (virtual)

Regular Deadline Fall 2020:
April 24 (in-person)
April 27 (virtual)
Tentative Interview Dates:Summer/Fall 2019 Admissions- April 12, 2019 and April 15, 2019. First week of May (May 3, 2019)
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The program’s plan of study requires a minimum of 48 graduate credits to be completed within five years and to successfully pass the Counseling Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) during the last semester of their graduate program. With the approval of the program adviser, a student may transfer a maximum of three graduate credits from a regionally accredited college or university if the course is directly applicable to the student’s program and is taken within the five-year time limit. Students are required to complete two field experiences during the program. The 100-hour practicum is completed in a public school or community-setting. The 600-hour internship can be completed in one or two semesters in a public school-setting.

Program Notes

In preparation for the field experiences, students will be required to complete a criminal disclosure statement and undergo a criminal background check. The program will host a mandatory field experience orientation each to prepare to students for the field experience process. Students must attend all group supervision sessions for practicum and internship in order to pass the courses. Students who have not already satisfied the special education requirement as indicated on their State of Maryland Teaching Certificate are also required to take:

  • 871.501 Introduction to Children and Youth with Exceptionalities Students investigate the major areas of exceptionality addressing the characteristics and educational needs of students with a broad range of special instructional needs. Students review incidence and etiology, diagnostic and instructional services, educational continuum of programs, and findings of recent research. (3 credits)
COURSEWORK

Required Core Courses (42 Credits)

  • 861.502 Counseling Theory and Practice (Lab course) This course provides an overview of the major theories of counseling and therapy, such as cognitive, behavioral, existential, Gestalt, and Adlerian. Students explore integrative approaches, as well as multicultural and feminist perspectives. Participants focus on a wide range of specific techniques and practices that are associated with each theory and how they are applied in various situations.Notes: Students are required to attend the two-day laboratory sessions. Laboratory courses and internship classes involve an exploration of personal factors as they contribute to counseling skills and techniques.
  • 861.503 Group Counseling and Group Experience (Lab course) Students investigate practical and theoretical concepts of group dynamics and group counseling to acquire skills in facilitating various kinds of group interaction. Students explore interpersonal dynamics, personal communication styles, fundamental group counseling strategies, and group facilitation through class and laboratory experiences.Notes: Students are required to attend the two-day laboratory sessions. Laboratory courses and internship classes involve an exploration of personal factors as they contribute to counseling skills and techniques.
  • 861.507 Counseling Techniques (Lab course) This course provides an overview of the history and philosophy of professional counseling, with special attention to the roles, functions, and limitations of school, community, and organizational counselors. Included is an understanding of the essentials of basic counseling skills; attending, listening, and interviewing stages of clinical treatment; and client/counselor relationships. Students learn about professional counseling organizations, professional credentialing, and standards and ethics in counseling and related human services. The course emphasizes self-growth, awareness, and observational skills as related to becoming a facilitator of individual, group, family, and systems change.
  • 861.511 Career/Life Development and Planning Participants review major theories of career development and decision making, occupational sociology, and vocational psychology. The course places career counseling concepts in a life-span perspective and reviews career development materials and cross-cultural strategies.Notes: Tuition includes materials fee.
  • 861.605 Human Development and Counseling This course reviews significant findings regarding current theory and practice in human growth and development along the life span through a biopsychosocial lens. Learners gain insights into aspects of human development that impact behavior in a variety of realms to include biological, cognitive, socio-emotional, and dispositional influences. Course outcomes focus on theoretical understanding and application of research findings to normal functioning as well as case conceptualization and counseling interventions within school and clinical mental health counseling populations.
  • 861.609 Diagnosis in Counseling Students study the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) to learn to assess, diagnose, and treat psychopathology based on current DSM criteria. Theories related to the etiology of major categories of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and personality disorders are examined. Students gain an understanding of the impact of abnormal behavior on individuals, families, and society. Instructors provide a developmental framework for understanding diagnosis from multicultural, feminist, and systems perspectives. Notes: Must be taken before ED.863.809 or ED.863.870.
  • 861.612 Appraisal and Testing for Counselors Students explore individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation through the use of standardized test instruments and rating scales. Emphasis is given to principles of test construction, reliability and validity, psychometric properties, and strategies for the selection, administration and interpretation of behavioral, psychological, and educational tests. Implications of age, gender, ethnicity, culture, heritage, language, disability, and professional/ethical issues are examined.Notes: Tuition includes materials fee.
  • 861.614 The Foundations of School Counseling This course is a survey of the knowledge base and practices in contemporary school counseling. It will emphasize the educational, historical, sociological, economic, philosophical, and psychological dynamics of the professional school counselor’s role. Students integrate knowledge and learn skills to examine data driven comprehensive school counseling programs that enhance academic, career, and personal/social development for all students.
  • 863.607 Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling Participants explore aspects of counseling clients from diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Through didactic and experiential learning techniques, students consider counseling strategies for enhancing cross-cultural interventions. (3 credits)
  • 863.681 Research and Evaluation for Counselors Participants learn the basic concepts for understanding and conducting research and program evaluation related to the counseling and human services fields. Students study experimental and quasi-experimental designs, examine quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and learn basic statistical procedures for data analysis.
  • 863.736 School Counseling Leadership and Consultation This course is designed to prepare students to lead programs and employ consultation strategies in the development and implementation of data driven school counseling programs. Students will learn leadership and school-based consultation principles, theories, skills, and models necessary to enhance the learning environment. Emphasis is placed on the role of the school counselor as a systemic change agent. Ultimately, the course will assist future school counselor leaders build effective stakeholder consultation teams that promote equitable services for all K-12 students.
  • 863.808 Practicum in School Counseling This supervised practicum experience is offered in two modalities. The first modality is an experiential course including seminar discussions, review of major theories of counseling with an emphasis on the integration of theory and practice, interview analysis, video and/or audiotape observations, and supervised exercises. Emphasis here is given to the development of foundational counseling skills (i.e. trust building, collaborative goal development, interpretation, summarization, paraphrasing, case conceptualization). The second modality is a practicum course involving 100 hours of individual counseling and group counseling, as well as supervisory experience in a school setting or clinical setting where children and/or adolescents are served. Supervision of this experience will be provided by the on-site supervisor and a school counseling program faculty member. Emphasis here is given to the development of cultural competence, social/emotional issues of children and adolescents (e.g., depression, bullying) and school-related issues (e.g., crisis management). The course is taken near the end of a student’s program of study just prior to the internship.
  • 863.820 Internship in School Counseling This supervised experience in school counseling includes both field work and class instruction. Students spend 600 hours, over the course of two consecutive semesters (Fall-Spring sequence), engaged in counseling, consultation, and program development activities under the direct supervision of a practicing, certified school counselor. (6 credits taken over two semesters)

Electives (6 Credits)

Students are required to take one of the following three courses:

  • 863.527 Counseling the Early Adolescent Students explore the physical, emotional, and social development of the early adolescent population (ages 10-14) and examine the relationship between development and counseling needs. Students review relevant research; apply individual and group counseling theory and techniques; and explore issues such as self-esteem, peer pressure, sexuality, substance abuse, anger, violence, suicide, and family relationships. Relevant ethical and legal issues are addressed. Notes: This course must be taken prior to ED.863.820. Master’s students must have completed a minimum of 15 credits before registering for this course.
  • 863.571 Counseling Adolescents This course provides an overview of the various aspects of adolescent counseling, ranging from adolescent depression, suicide, crisis, drug and alcohol abuse, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, culture, family issues, and developmental themes. Part of the course is dedicated to examining current research on adolescents. The emphasis of the course is on clinical training in group, family, and individual contexts. Relevant ethical and legal issues are addressed. Notes: This course must be taken prior to ED.863.820. Master’s students must have completed a minimum of 15 credits before registering for this course.
  • 863.526 Introduction to Play Therapy with Children The major goal of this course is to facilitate students’ knowledge, dispositions and skills to counsel children through play therapy and other major theoretical applications. Students’ learning will be facilitated through didactic presentations, interactive discussions, and supervised counseling practice with elementary school children. This course also emphasizes the counselor’s collaborative work with children’s legal guardians/family members. (3 credits)

Students who have not already satisfied the special education requirement as indicated on their State of Maryland Teaching Certificate are required to take the following course:

  • 871.501 Introduction to Children and Youth with Exceptionalities Students investigate the major areas of exceptionality addressing the characteristics and educational needs of students with a broad range of special instructional needs. Students review incidence and etiology, diagnostic and instructional services, educational continuum of programs, and findings of recent research. (3 credits)

Students who have completed this requirement must take one counseling elective course, subject to the approval of a counseling adviser. They may include:

  • 863.572 Counseling At-Risk Youth Participants examine information, prevention and intervention techniques, and resources which assist them to work effectively with at-risk youth. Topics considered include suicide, drug abuse, eating disorders, pregnancy, gang membership, and AIDS.
  • 863.603 Couple and Family Therapy (Lab Course) Students study the theory and practice of family therapy with an emphasis on models of family development and major approaches to intervention with families. Systemic models of family intervention are emphasized, as well as the study of other historically important and contemporary approaches to family therapy. The course blends didactic and experiential learning.Notes: Students are required to attend the two-day laboratory sessions. Laboratory courses and internship classes involve an exploration of personal factors as they contribute to counseling skills and techniques. Master’s students must have completed a minimum of 15 credits before registering for this course .
  • 863.629 College Admissions Counseling This course presents an overview of college admissions counseling for those who work with students making the transition from high school to college (e.g., middle and high school counselors, teachers, and college admissions personnel who want to become more familiar with high school processes and protocol). Effective strategies and practices that enhance students’ college readiness will be introduced and practiced. Topics for the course include: the college counselor’s timeline, resources available to counselors for college applications and financial aid planning, academic planning for college readiness, tips for writing college recommendations, developing a school-wide college-going culture, dismantling inequities in college admissions, and managing a college counseling office. (3 credits)

Program Notes

The following are lab courses:

  • 861.507 Counseling Techniques (Lab course) This course provides an overview of the history and philosophy of professional counseling, with special attention to the roles, functions, and limitations of school, community, and organizational counselors. Included is an understanding of the essentials of basic counseling skills; attending, listening, and interviewing stages of clinical treatment; and client/counselor relationships. Students learn about professional counseling organizations, professional credentialing, and standards and ethics in counseling and related human services. The course emphasizes self-growth, awareness, and observational skills as related to becoming a facilitator of individual, group, family, and systems change.
  • 861.502 Counseling Theory and Practice (Lab course) This course provides an overview of the major theories of counseling and therapy, such as cognitive, behavioral, existential, Gestalt, and Adlerian. Students explore integrative approaches, as well as multicultural and feminist perspectives. Participants focus on a wide range of specific techniques and practices that are associated with each theory and how they are applied in various situations.Notes: Students are required to attend the two-day laboratory sessions. Laboratory courses and internship classes involve an exploration of personal factors as they contribute to counseling skills and techniques.
  • 861.503 Group Counseling and Group Experience (Lab course) Students investigate practical and theoretical concepts of group dynamics and group counseling to acquire skills in facilitating various kinds of group interaction. Students explore interpersonal dynamics, personal communication styles, fundamental group counseling strategies, and group facilitation through class and laboratory experiences.Notes: Students are required to attend the two-day laboratory sessions. Laboratory courses and internship classes involve an exploration of personal factors as they contribute to counseling skills and techniques.
  • 863.607 Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling Participants explore aspects of counseling clients from diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Through didactic and experiential learning techniques, students consider counseling strategies for enhancing cross-cultural interventions. (3 credits)
  • 863.603 Couple and Family Therapy (Lab Course) Students study the theory and practice of family therapy with an emphasis on models of family development and major approaches to intervention with families. Systemic models of family intervention are emphasized, as well as the study of other historically important and contemporary approaches to family therapy. The course blends didactic and experiential learning.Notes: Students are required to attend the two-day laboratory sessions. Laboratory courses and internship classes involve an exploration of personal factors as they contribute to counseling skills and techniques. Master’s students must have completed a minimum of 15 credits before registering for this course .

It is mandatory that students attend all lab sessions to complete the requirements of the course. Students must receive grades of B or better in all laboratory courses and practicum experiences to remain in the program. If a grade of B- or below is earned in a required laboratory course, the student must repeat the course and earn a grade of A or B before registering for any other course. If any additional grade of B- or below is earned in any other required laboratory course, the student is dismissed from the program, even if an A or B was earned in the first repeated course. Students must attend the mandatory Internship in School Counseling meeting held every January in the spring before they are to begin their internship.