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.

Program Overview

The Masters program is a 42 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. The majority of the courses are offered using distance learning technology, including virtual meetings.

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Masters Coursework

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 692 Group Counseling
ADM 630 Methods of Research
CNS 720 Elementary School Counseling
CNS 725 Middle/Secondary School Counseling
CNS 752 Crisis & Trauma Counseling
CNS 790 Practicum (150 clinical hours)
CNS 794 Internship I (300 clinical hours)

Certification and Rank Change

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Provisional School Counseling Certification (P-12)

Requires  completion of the M.A. of School Counseling Program. Provisional Certificates must be renewed every five (5) years by taking nine (9) credit hours of counseling coursework, post-masters degree and then reapply for the certificate.

Standard School Counseling Certification (P-12)

Requires completion of two years school counseling experience (one year for counselors with teaching certification) and six (6) credit hours of counseling coursework, post-masters degree. Standard Certificates must be renewed every five (5) years.

Rank Change

Rank change for salary purposes may be received on the completion of 33 credit hours of coursework and successful completion of the Clinical Exam of Skills Application (CESA) in the M.A. of School Counseling Program (Rank II). Rank I may be received on the completion of 60 credit hours of graduate level coursework and a graduate level degree (M.A. or Ed.S.).

Rolling Admission

Applications are accepted year-round.

Cost of Attendance. In-state educator graduate tuition is offered at a lowered rate of $375 per credit hour.

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Requirements for Admission

Applicants must meet Murray State requirements listed in Graduate Admissions as well as submit:

  • a MSU Graduate School application;
  • an application to the counseling program. The program application may be obtained by contacting the Department of Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling or through the department’s website;
  • a written statement of intent reflecting graduate level writing ability;
  • three letters of recommendation from people able to address the applicant’s potential as a counseling professional;
  • a current resume; and
  • have an interview with the Counseling Program Admissions Committee.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted to applicants deficient in a single area as space permits. Exceptions will be made on a case-by case basis. Students admitted conditionally must obtain a B or better grade in each of their first nine credit hours of program study to gain unconditional status.

Note: Admission to the program does not guarantee graduation, certification, or licensure. The following nonacademic conditions may result in dismissal if they are observed to impair the student’s ability to work in class, practicum, or internship settings: 1) personal concerns, 2) interpersonal relationship problems, 3) personal attitudes or values that conflict with effective counseling relationships, and 4) unethical behavior.

Prior Learning Assessment

A Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) will help determine whether you have earned graduate credit from previous high-quality professional development experiences. Please contact us to determine if you are eligible to go through the PLA process, which will involve the submission of evidence through an electronic portfolio system to be reviewed by faculty. There is a non-refundable $250 fee for review.

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Eligible Courses

CNS 624 Theories of Counseling
CNS 635 Human Development
CNS 683 Tests and Measurements
CNS 686 Career Counseling
CNS 752 Crisis & Trauma Counseling
ADM 630 Methods of Research

Process

You are only eligible for the PLA if approved by a counseling faculty member.

  1. Contact the program coordinator to ensure you understand the requirements and process for PLA credit.
  2. Contact the program coordinator for a submission code.
  3. Pay for the review using the link provided and the submission code. 
  4. Reviews may take as long as two weeks.
  5. You will be notified of the result of the review via email.
  6. There is not an appeal process specific to the review. If you have concerns, please communicate with the department/program.

Dr. Samir Patel
Dr. Samir Patel
Counseling Program Coordinator
3221 Alexander Hall
spatel4@murraystate.edu
270.809.6123
Dr. Susana Bloomdahl
Dr. Susana Contreras Bloomdahl
School Counseling Program Coordinator
3201 Alexander Hall
sbloomdahl@murraystate.edu
270.809.6471

Please visit the Office of the Registrar to access current Academic Bulletins for information regarding curriculum requirements and course descriptions.