- Who may apply to the Master's Program in School Counseling?
- What are the admission requirements to apply?
- What does the State of Maine require to become a certified guidance counselor?
- What does the program involve?
- When can a student apply for candidacy?
- What are the distinctive features of a School Counselor's role?
- What professional skills are developed during completion of this program?
- What are the expectations of graduate students from the School of Education?
- What are the qualifications of the course instructors?
- When are courses for the program offered? Can they be taken on a part-time basis?
- Completed application form and payment of fees
- 3.0 overall grade-point average or better recommended (see below).
- Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test scores
- 3 Letters of Recommendation (at least one should be an academic reference)
3. What does the State of Maine require to become a certified guidance counselor?
The Maine Department of Education requires coursework and internship experiences designed to meet nine outlined areas of study. Husson University's program is designed to address all these requirements leading to Endorsement 075: School Guidance Counselor. Our MS in School Counseling program is approved by the Maine Department of Education. Students interested in becoming certified in another state would need to check the specific requirements particular to that state, as laws and regulations vary.
4. What does the program involve?
The program consists of a total of 40 credit hours. A Field Experience of 120 hours and a 300-hour internship placement is required with documentation of the equivalent of two full years of teaching experience. Appropriate candidates without documented and approved experience may be admitted to the program but will be required to complete an additional three-credit internship (as determined by program director upon admission). Faculty members must accept a student's application for candidacy.
5. When can a student apply for candidacy?
Students who are enrolled in the M.S. in School Counseling program are eligible to apply for candidacy after they have completed 12 hours of coursework. In reviewing the candidacy, if the faculty believes the student has the ability to become a successful counselor, candidate status can be awarded. Husson reserves the right to require counseling or other corrective experiences if faculty becomes aware of issues at any time during the student's academic program which could hinder successful competition.
6. What are the distinctive features of a School Counselor's role?
The dynamic role of a school guidance counselor depends upon a commitment to working collaboratively within a K-12 school setting. As a school counselor, individuals may be responsible for classroom guidance instruction, individualized counseling, needs-based work with student groups, implementation of behavioral programs within schools, advising parents and classroom teachers, collaborating to develop effective programming, and empowering students to make appropriate life decisions.
- Recognizing the complexity of roles assumed by a school guidance counselor
- Respect for the ethics and standards of a counseling profession
- Acquaintance with basic educational philosophies and school operations
- Enhanced communication skills to work effectively with the nature and needs of all developmental levels
- Development of a collaborative style of working within a school community
- Acquiring an understanding of group development skills and group dynamics
- Developing consultation and individual counseling skills
- Understanding career development and appropriate career counseling issues for the K-12 age span
- Developing expertise in how to apply individual and group approaches to various assessments and evaluative techniques
- Students are expected to use the American Counseling Association "Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice" and the Standards of Practice of the American School Counselor Association as a guide for their professional behavior throughout the completion of the coursework. These expectations will be embedded in coursework and clinical evaluation tools.
- Students will remain in good academic standing and are required to demonstrate high ethical standards and evidence of functional competencies in fulfilling the professional roles required in the program.
9. What are the qualifications of the course instructors?
Program faculty members are certified school counselors and/or licensed clinical professional counselors or licensed psychologists. All are active in professional practice and have made significant contributions in the field of counseling.
10. When are courses for the program offered? Can they be taken on a part-time basis?
Courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings for students who have full-time work responsibilities. The program may be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. All graduate work toward a master's degree must be completed within five years of being awarded candidacy.