The School Counseling program at Murray State University welcomes all students interested in becoming a Mental Health Counselor who works with P-12 grade youth in a school setting. The program offers mental health training specific to working with diverse clients as well as the collaboration and leadership skills necessary to work in the school system. The American School Counseling Association National Model is emphasized as the framework for school counseling programs.
The Masters program is a 48 credit hour program that enables students to achieve their Provisional School Counseling certificate (P-12). The Education Specialist program builds on the Masters’ coursework to complete a total of 60 credit hours.
Counseling students in this program are challenged to grow professionally and personally to maximize their strength as mental health practitioners. Graduates are prepared to advocate for themselves and their profession by maintaining healthy working relationships with their clients, colleagues and other professionals. Below, you will find links that specify expectations and requirements to complete either degree in School Counseling. Susana Contreras Bloomdahl School Counseling Program Coordinator
Master of Arts in Education: School Counseling
The Master of Arts in Education in School Counseling is a 48-hour program designed to prepare individuals to work in mental health, consultative, and leadership positions in P-12 school settings. Students completing this degree are offered a clinical program that affords students with the highest quality faculty supervision through practicum and internship experiences. Graduates are eligible for Provisional School Counseling Certification (P-12) in Kentucky.
Master of Arts - School Counseling 48 hour Program advising guide
Total Course Requirements .....................................48 hours
ADM 630 Methods of Research
CNS 617 Introduction to School Counseling
CNS 619 Foundational Counseling Techniques
CNS 624 Theories of Counseling
CNS 635 Human Development
CNS 671 Multicultural Counseling
CNS 676 Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
CNS 683 Tests and Measurements
CNS 686 Career Counseling
CNS 689 Individual Testing
CNS 692 Group Counseling
CNS 720 Elementary School Counseling
CNS 725 Middle/Secondary School Counseling
CNS 790 Practicum
CNS 794 Internship I
CNS 795 Internship II
Specialist in Education in Counseling: School Counseling Option
This degree is designed to build on the Master of Arts in School Counseling program. Students will complete an additional 12 credit hours to earn the Specialist in Education Degree (60 credit hours total).
Specialist in Education – School Counseling Program advising guide
Total Course Requirements......................................60 hours
48 credit hours transferred from MA in School Counseling, plus the following courses:
CNS 625 Legal and Ethical Issues
CNS 694 Advanced Counseling and Supervision
CNS 722 Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling
CNS 734 Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling