Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling, MS


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The Department of Counseling offers the Master of Science degree with concentrations in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The program is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CREEP). The student who successfully completes the degree will have satisfied the education requirements for several state and national certifications and licenses.

In addition to the general application and admission requirements from the Graduate School, admission to the M.S. degree program in Counseling requires submission of satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Official GRE scores must be sent directly from the test administrator to the Graduate School.

School Counselors must be certified by the state in which they work. Certification requirements may vary by state and School Counselors must verify requirements with the certification officer in the state they are seeking certification. Students completing a Master of Science in Counseling, School Counseling concentration are prepared to seek these credentials.

Clinical Mental Health Counselors must be licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPS) in the state in which they work. Licensure requirements may vary by state and counselors must verify requirements in the state they are seeking licensure. Students completing a Master of Science in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration are prepared to seek these credentials.

Degree Requirements


Students accepted into the M.S. in Counseling program must complete a core educational requirement of 30 credit hours. In addition to these required core courses, students must choose a concentration-School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or a dual concentration which meets the requirements of both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling - and complete the required core and concentration coursework.

In addition to the core and concentration coursework, all students must complete 3 credits in a practicum and 6-9 credits in an internship with placement specific to the concentration. Additional electives are taken to gain expertise and reach the total number of hours required for the degree. All students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. There is no thesis option.

A total of 60 credits is required for the School Counseling concentration. A total of 60 credits is required for the Mental Health Counseling concentration and a total of 72 credits is required for the dual concentration.

Concentration Coursework


In addition to the required core coursework above, students must choose a concentration and complete the courses as described below for each.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Core Courses + 30 Credit Hours)


Dual Concentration (Core Courses + 42 Credit Hours)


Residence Requirement


A student must satisfy residence requirements by successfully completing a minimum of 18 semester hours of degree program credit on the campus of UL Lafayette.

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