This program is designed for those who intend to work as counselors in school settings. A teaching certificate and teaching experience are desirable but not required in order to become licensed.
Program requirements and detailed information on the major, including admission policies and procedures, should be obtained from the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at http://www.grad.uni.edu/admission (also http://www.uni.edu/coe/departments/educational-leadership-counseling-postsecondary-education/counseling).
The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.
This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. For students who have a teaching degree, a minimum of 57 semester hours is required for the thesis option which includes 6 hours of 290:299, and a minimum of 51 semester hours for the non-thesis option. For students without a teaching degree, a minimum of 63 semester hours is required for the thesis option which includes 6 hours of 290:299, and a minimum of 57 semester hours for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 18 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.
All students completing this program must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Pass scores on the CPCE national examination are based each semester on test results for the national normative data. This examination is based on the 8 CACREP core curriculum areas for counselor preparation. Students are also required to write an essay and pass this component as well. Non‑thesis students must successfully complete the final paper and fulfill program‑specific exit requirements. The thesis option requires a completed thesis and successful oral defense of the research, in addition to passing the CPCE and meeting program‑specific exit requirements.
For students with a teaching degree:
Educational Psychology: 200:214.....3 hours
Measurement and Research: 250:205.....3 hours
Required practicum and internship:
Non-thesis option.....51 hours
Research: 290:299.....6 hours
Thesis option.....57 hours
For students without a teaching degree:
In addition to program requirements specified above (for students with a teaching degree), the following undergraduate licensure courses are also required: 200:128 (1 hr.), 200:148 (3 hrs.), and 220:150 (2 hrs.).