School Counseling

 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. Please note that this is a non-licensure track. If you would like to obtain your license, we offer a MA to Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling option. There is an additional 24 credit hours to complete in the program. 

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.

School Counseling Program Coordinator
Dr. Susana Contreras Bloomdahl

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.

Tentative M.A. Ed. in School Counseling 48-Hour Program Advising Guide
Tentative M.A. Ed. in School Counseling Course Sequence - Murray
Tentative M.A. Ed. in School Counseling Course Sequence - Madisonville

Total Course Requirements .....................................48 hours

ADM 630 Methods of Research
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 710 Child & Adolescent 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). NOTE: This is a non-license track.  If you seek to obtain your counseling license, please complete the Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Specialist in Education - School Counseling Advising Guide
Tentative Ed.S. in School Counseling Course Sequence

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

Master of Arts in School Counseling to Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health (licensure track)

This degree is designed to build on the Master of Arts in School Counseling program. Students will complete an additional 24 credit hours to earn the Specialist in Education in Clinical Mental Health Degree (72 credit hours total).

Ed.S. Clinical Mental Health Advising Guide
Tentative Ed.S. Licensure Track (MA to CMHC) Course Sequence

Total Course Requirements......................................72 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
CNS 618 Issues in Mental Health Counseling
CNS 752 Trauma and Crisis Counseling
CNS 796 Advanced Internship I
CNS 797 Advanced Internship II