MS in Counseling with a Concentration in School
The Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) degree provides graduates with the counseling knowledge and skills used in school, clinical mental health, and rehabilitation settings. Students study human development and behavior, individual counseling theory, group theory and dynamics, research methodology, and psychological measurement and evaluation, in addition to courses in individual concentrations—school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, and rehabilitation counseling. The Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) post-bachelor's certificate program may be taken independently of the master’s degree (applications through Rehabilitation Counseling). The certificate of advanced study in counseling is a post-master’s program for current counselors who are interested in pursuing advanced coursework.
Depending on the MSC concentration, we offer face-to-face, online, hybrid, blended, or any combination of for synchronous and asynchronous course delivery. Course instruction includes a variety of teaching and learning strategies, depending on the nature of the course, such as lectures, group discussion (synchronous and asynchronous), in class exercises, supervised case review, cooperative learning, service learning, guided practice, introspection and critical thinking. In addition to coursework, each student must successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).
The counselor education program holds accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).
School Counseling Concentration (60 credits)
The school counseling specialty requires a total of sixty credit hours of coursework. Upon completion, students are eligible for certification from the Maine Department of Education in the area of school counseling, levels K-12. Certified graduates are qualified to become employed in elementary, middle, and secondary schools in Maine. Students are trained to become specialists in the planning and delivery of data driven comprehensive developmental school counseling programs that promote the academic, career, social/emotional development of all children/adolescents. Students in this concentration also learn advocacy and collaboration skills to better serve their student clients in educational environments. Graduates of this specialty are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination. The school counseling specialty holds accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).
Core Courses (36 credits)
EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
HCE 500 Orientation to the Counseling Profession
HCE 604 Career Development
HCE 605 Psychological Measurement and Evaluation
HCE 612 Multicultural Counseling: Social & Cultural Foundations of Helping Diverse Families
HCE 620 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories
HCE 621 Fundamentals of Counseling Skills
HCE 626 Group Process and Procedures
HCE 627 Group Counseling Practicum
HCE 668 Human Development
HCE 690 Individual Counseling Practicum Seminar
HCE 691 Individual Counseling Practicum Laboratory
Required Concentration Courses (21 credits)
HCE 607 School Counseling Programs and Services
HCE 609 The Practice of School Counseling
HCE 622 Counseling Children and Adolescents
HCE 642 Perspectives in Chemical Dependency
HCE 644 Crisis Intervention
HCE 686 Internship in Counselor Education (6 credits - 600 hours)
Elective (3 credits)
Certification Note: To receive certification as a school counselor in the state of Maine, students must take an exceptionalities course. This may be an undergraduate or graduate course. This can be taken in place of the elective.