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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Counselor Education (AGC)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 13.1101
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 52

Contact Information:
College of Education
Educational and Psychological Studies Department (EDF)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Herbert Exum
Phone: 813-974-8395
Email: hexum@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/psf/CE/CounselEd.html


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Program Information


This is a limited access program with internal deadlines. Please check with he program prior to applying. The Counselor Education program provides students with the general counseling skills needed to become professional counselors. Graduates are trained to assess problems, counsel clients, select appropriate intervention strategies and consult with other professionals and administrators. All students complete a common core of courses plus additional courses appropriate to their chosen program. Included are courses in communication skills, counseling theory, research, practicum, and internship. In addition to the Master's degree, the Educational Specialist degree, and the Doctoral degree, the program offers Graduate Certificates in Career Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Play Therapy, and School Counseling (post masters). The program offers three plans for a Master of Arts degree.

School Counseling (Plan II)
A concentration in School Counseling is available to currently enrolled students in the Master of Arts Counselor Education program. The School Counseling concentration is CACREP-accredited, and offers specialized coursework in school counseling. Graduate students pursuing a concentration in School Counseling must take the core course requirements of their graduate program

Community Counseling (Plan III)
Plan III programs are for students who prefer to work in community based counseling positions rather than in elementary or secondary schools. There are two Plan III program options: (a) Mental Health Counseling and (b) Career Counseling.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: A concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is available to currently enrolled students in the Master of Arts Counselor Education program.. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration is CACREP-accredited, and offers specialized coursework in mental health counseling. Graduate students pursuing a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must take the core course requirements of their graduate program.

Career Counseling: A concentration in Career Counseling is available to currently enrolled students in the Master of Arts Counselor Education Program. The Career Counseling concentration is CACREP-accredited, and specializes in career counseling with a cognate in student affairs. Graduate students pursuing a concentration in Career Counseling must take the core course requirements of their graduate program.

Major Research Areas
Multicultural counseling and development, career development, play therapy, cognitive-behavioral interventions, community mental health, and counselor education and supervision

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools, and Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Other Educational Related Programs (CACREP).

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 7
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 7
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
For admission, all programs require earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions or an international equivalent.

Requirements also include:

  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score is required with a preferred score of at least the 50th percentile Verbal and the 50th percentile Quantitative (writing not required) Or A Millerís Analogy Test (MAT) score of at least 50.
  • GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for work done while an upper division student in a Baccalaureate degree.† Students who have GRE subtest scores of less than the 50th percentile or MAT scores of less than 50 must have GPA's above 3.2 in order to be considered for admission.
  • CLAST/GKT Required (School Track only).
  • Proof of educational or professional experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement.
  • Interview.
  • Resume.

International Students
All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g., TOEFL scores, etc.).† In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g., GRE scores, etc.)
 

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Program Degree Requirements

Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria. Graduate Certificates are also available in several areas.

Contact the program assistant for detailed information prior to applying.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

36

Process Core

7

EDF6354
EDF6481

Human Development and Personality Theories
Foundations of Educational Research

4
3

Other Core Courses

29

MHS6006
MHS6420
MHS6200
MHS6340
MHS6400
MHS6311
MHS6509
MHS6700

Trends and Principles of the Counseling Profession
Multicultural Counseling with Diverse Populations
Assessment and Appraisal Procedures
Career Development
Counseling Theories and Practices
Online Services in Counseling and Helping Professions
Group Counseling Theories and Practices
Legal and Ethical Issues in the Counseling Profession

4
3
4
4
4
3
4
3

 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Concentrations available:

Career Counseling
School Counseling (Plan II)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Career Counseling

16

MHS6800
MHS6601
MHS6341
MHS6887

Practicum in Counseling Adolescents and Adults
Consultation for the Counseling Profession
Career Program Design and Evaluation
Internship in Career and College Counseling

4
3
3
6


School Counseling (Plan II)

38

EDF6217
MHS6450
MHC6470
MHS6800 OR
  SDS6801
MHS6413
MHS6601
MHS6417
EDG6931
EDF6217
SDS6820
RED6786
TSL6700

Behavior Theory and Classroom Learning
Counseling Substance Abuse in School and Community
Human Sexuality Issues for Counselors
Practicum in Counseling Adolescents and Adults
Practicum in Counseling Children
School Counseling Accountability
Consultation for the Counseling Profession
Human Sexuality Issues
Reading and Research Methods
Behavior Theory and Classroom Learning
Internship in School Counseling
Research & Methods in Reading
ESOL for School Counselors and Psychologists

4
4
4
4
4
3
3
4
3
3
6
3
3

Students must also present official passing scores on the following examinations prior to graduation:

  • Florida Professional Education Exam
  • Florida Subject Area Examination in Guidance and Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

25

MHS6800
MHS6620
MHS6070
MHS6450
MHS6470
MHS6885

Practicum in Counseling Adolescents and Adults
Counseling in Community Setting
Study of Mental Disorders for Counselors
Counseling Substance Abuse in School and Community
Human Sexuality Issues for Counselors
Internship in Community Agency Counseling

4
3
3
3
3
9

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS

Students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

52

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of the Graduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDF6354, EDF6481, MHS6006, MHS6420, MHS6200, MHS6340, MHS6400, MHS6311, MHS6509, MHS6700, MHS6800, MHS6601, MHS6341, MHS6887, SDS6645, SDS6042, SDS6624, EDF6217, MHS6450, MHC6470, MHS6800, SDS6801, MHS6413, MHS6601, MHS6417, EDG6931, EDF6217, SDS6820, RED6786, TSL6700, MHS6800, MHS6620,