Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling
Minimum Totals for Graduation: 48 hours
The Counselor Education faculty at Central Michigan University offer courses and programs designed to prepare students to work as counseling personnel in public and private schools, institutions of higher education, community-based social service agencies, and private practice. Many classes are offered nights and weekends to better accommodate the nontraditional student. Students who successfully complete a program for Counselor Education earn a Master of Arts degree in Counseling.
Faculty members include licensed professional counselors, nationally certified counselors, and licensed psychologists. Teaching excellence is a top priority of the faculty.
Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards
Information for Off-Campus Students Admission
Applicant screenings are conducted twice a year. All applica- tion materials (see below) must be received by submission deadlines: February 1 or September 1. Note: Off-Campus Program Cohorts may submit materials outside of these dates.
In addition to submitting the application, all transcripts, and written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study, the applicant must arrange for a recent (not more than five years old) Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score to be sent to Center Services, CMU North, 802 Industrial Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 48858. The MAT score, undergraduate GPA, and the applicant’s statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study are all considered in determining admis- sion. The MAT is available through testing centers such as the Computer-based and Placement Testing Center located on the CMU campus.
Applicants chosen in the screening process will be initially admitted to the program on a Conditional basis. To be eligible for Regular Admission status, the student must first com- plete a minimum of 10 semester hours of coursework in the Counselor Education program with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
In addition to the above requirements, applicants seeking school counseling endorsement must have or be eligible for Michigan Teacher Certification.
The candidate should decide on one of the following program options and complete their Authorization of Degree Program form with their assigned advisor after achieving Regular Admission status. Elective courses will be selected with the approval of the advisor.
Comprehensive Exams will be scheduled upon completion of 75% of the credits necessary to complete their programs OR the core CED coursework for their particular program (502 or 503 or 504), 610/611, 630, 640, 650 , 660, 677, 695, and 765.
Progress through the program is based on satisfactory grades (a grade point average of B or better overall) and satisfactory evaluations of pre-professional functioning (e.g., demonstration of appropriate personal and professional skills, ethical standards, and behaviors). Serious and persistent difficulties in pre-professional functioning may result in dismissal from the program.
The off-campus delivery of this cohort program includes prescribed courses. Students completing the program will have the educational requirements for licensure as an LPC or endorsement or licensure as a school counselor in Michigan.
Degree Requirements Select one of the following options:
Professional Counseling Option
This option prepares students who wish to qualify for licensure as school counselors or professional counselors (LPC) in Michigan. Students will gain knowledge and experience in research, group techniques, counseling theories, ethics, counseling techniques, counseling philosophy, testing procedures, career development, and consulting. Practicum and internship experiences will com- plete the minimum requirements. Elective hours will allow the individual student to gain additional knowledge and experience in areas of particular interest. Students select CED 502, CED 503, or CED 504 depending on their particular area of interest. (Note: School counseling licensure will usually require some coursework beyond the 48 credit hour degree.)
Core Courses I (3 hours)
Select one of the following: CED 610 - Career Development and Counseling 3(3-0) CED 611 - Developmental Career Counseling 3(2-1)
Core Courses II (30 hours) CED 630 - Counseling Ethics and Professional Issues 3(3-0) CED 640 - Standardized Tests 3(3-0) CED 650 - Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling 3(3-0) CED 660 - Counseling Techniques 3(3-0) CED 677 - Theories of Counseling 3(3-0) CED 690 - Supervised Experience in Counseling 3(1-3) CED 691 - Internship in Counseling 1-6(Spec) CED 695/SPE 695 - Research for Counseling and Special
Education 3(3-0) CED 765 - Professional Counseling and Consulting 3(3-0)
Additional Requirements I (3 hours)
Select one of the following: CED 502 - Student Development in Higher Education 3(3-1) CED 503 - Introduction to Community Agency Counseling 3(3-0) CED 504 - Introduction to School Counseling 3(3-0)
Note: Those students seeking Elementary or K-12 Endorsement must also take CED 551.
Additional Requirements II (1 hour) CED 515 - Basic Group Participation 1(Spec)
Other Requirement (3-6 hours)
Select one plan: A Thesis (6 hours) or B Paper (3 hours) CED 696 - Independent Research 3(Spec) CED 698 - Thesis 1-6(Spec)
Electives (5-8 hours)
Select from the following to bring total program credit hours to at least 48.
CED 517 - Group Experience I 2(Spec) CED 518 - Group Experience II 2(Spec) CED 583 - Counseling Aspects of Sexuality 3(3-0) CED 620 - Introduction to Multicultural Issues in Counseling