Coursework for the 60 credit hours Master of Arts in Family Counseling program fulfills the requirements for state licensure, the CACREP Specialty Track, the National Academy for Certified Family Therapists, Inc., and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical memberships. Although most accrediting bodies use the words “Marriage and Family” to describe their specialty, this program has elected to use the word “Family” to represent what the program believes to be a better description of the practice methods.

The Family counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of CACREP accredited programs are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) during their last year of study. The eight core curricular areas of CACREP are the comprehensive foundation of the exam questions used for the NCE. After successful completion of the NCE and upon graduation, one can then apply for the National Certified Counselor credential through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.A. in Family Counseling program must meet the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research and the following additional requirements:

  1. Submit recent scores for the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores will be considered along with other aspects of the application; and

  2. Participate in an evaluative Preadmission Workshop after application materials have been submitted. The Department of Counselor Education admits students twice a year, in the spring and fall terms. Admission to the program is competitive. It is possible for an otherwise acceptable applicant to be denied admission due to the competitive strength of the applicant pool. Those not selected for admission may reapply only once.

Eligibility to Enroll in Classes

Once students are officially admitted to the program, they may register for classes in the department during regular registration periods. Those who have not yet been reviewed for admission may take one course, COUN-401, as a student-at-large. Upon formal acceptance into the program, the credits for this course will be applied towards fulfillment of degree requirements.

To qualify for the master’s degree, students must complete 60 credit hours of prescribed coursework, which includes three credits of practicum, six credits of internship, and successful completion of the written departmental proficiency examination. Students may not enroll for more than four (4) three-credit hour courses (12 credit hours) in a term.

Once admitted, students must demonstrate satisfactory progress. To continue in the program, a 3.0 GPA average is required, and students may not have more than six credit hours below the grade of B. In the clinical courses, COUN-405 and COUN-406, students must earn a grade of B or better to continue in the program. Therefore, an ongoing evaluation, for the purpose of making retention decisions, is made of all admitted students in the areas of academic achievement, professional growth, and personal growth. Although evaluation will take place during every class, formal evaluation procedures are applied prior to practicum, and on the annual date of one’s admission to the program. Students may also be reviewed for retention at the request of individual faculty members.

Should a student be recommended for non-retention in the program by the faculty Professional Standards Committee, the student’s faculty advisor will communicate the reasons to the student in writing. Further, depending upon the circumstances, the advisor may:

  • direct the student to seek a more appropriate field of study;
  • require specific remedial steps that must be taken before continuation in the program is permitted; and
  • inform the student of the procedure used to appeal the committee’s decision.

A copy of all communication recommending non-retention will be forwarded by the Department of Counselor Education to the College of Graduate Studies and Research for final action.

Prerequisites

None

The Curriculum

Family Counseling

Family Counseling requires a minimum of 60 credit hours, or 20 courses.

COUN-401Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices3
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-407Mental Health Counseling3
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-415Children And Youth In School And Family Systems3
COUN-420Introduction To Family Counseling3
COUN-421Advanced Marriage And Family Counseling3
COUN-427Diagnostic Systems For Counseling3
COUN-430Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling3
COUN-431Couple And Family Systems Study3
COUN-432Counseling Couples3
COUN-445Practicum I:Group Supervision In Couple And Family Counseling3
COUN-465Internship I:Group Supervision In Couple And Family Counseling3
COUN-475Internship II:Group Supervision In Couple And Family Counseling3
Elective #13
Total Hours60


Clinical Experience

Practicum is a 100 hour, field-based experience which requires a minimum of 50 hours of clinical contact with clients (contact hours), and is a prerequisite for Internship. Practicum is offered in the Fall semester.

Internship

Internship is a 600 hour, field-based experience which requires a minimum of 250 hours of clinical contact with clients. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all coursework prior to beginning Internship. Students earn six credit hours for internships I and II.

Departmental Proficiency Examination

All candidates are required to pass a comprehensive examination. Candidates may take the examination after 39 credit hours of required coursework have been completed, including:

COUN-401Professional Orientation & Legal/Ethical Practices3
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-415Children And Youth In School And Family Systems3
COUN-420Introduction To Family Counseling3
COUN-421Advanced Marriage And Family Counseling3
COUN-430Social & Cultural Diversity In Counseling3
COUN-431Couple And Family Systems Study3

Notification of Student Recess

Once having begun the Counselor Education program, if a student does not attend classes for more than two consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer), the student must notify the College of Graduate Studies and Research and the advisor of his/her intent to continue in the program. Faculty members reserve the right to review the student’s coursework upon reentry by the student and to require that certain courses be repeated if necessary. Students have a maximum of six years to complete their degree programs.

Elective Courses

The number of elective courses will vary for each sequence. The elective courses will be selected in consultation with an advisor. Courses must be appropriate for that sequence and the student’s career objectives. Electives may be selected from the following:

COUN-410Seminar In School Counseling3
COUN-411Post Secondary College & Career Counseling3
COUN-414Advanced Career Counseling3
COUN-415Children And Youth In School And Family Systems3
COUN-420Introduction To Family Counseling3
COUN-421Advanced Marriage And Family Counseling3
COUN-422Grief Counseling3
COUN-423Counseling For Business And Industry3
COUN-424Stress Management3
COUN-425Addictions Counseling3
COUN-426Advanced Counseling For Chemical Dependency3
COUN-427Diagnostic Systems For Counseling3
COUN-428Advanced Individual Counseling:Case Conceptualization3
COUN-429Psychopharmacology3
COUN-431Couple And Family Systems Study3
COUN-432Counseling Couples3
COUN-433Foundation Of Rehabilitation Counseling3
COUN-434Medical & Psychosocial Aspects Of Disability3
COUN-435Work & Disability3
COUN-436Case Management In Rehabilitation Counseling3
COUN-437Introduction To Integrative Expressive Techniques3
COUN-468HSeminar In Counseling:Student Personnel Work In Higher Education3
COUN-478Advanced Counseling3
COUN-490Thesis Research3
COUN-499Clinical Supervision3

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

The Plans of Study for the programs in Counselor Education should be used as general guidelines for the completion of courses.  These plans suggest how a student might complete a program in two calendar years by beginning in the fall semester and attending through two summer semesters.  There are many factors that affect how students complete their programs, including whether they begin in the fall or spring semesters and whether they attend full-time or part-time.  The plan for school counseling is based on the student possessing a teacher or professional educator license.  School counseling students who are not licensed must complete an additional three courses outside of the Department of Counselor Education: EDFN 405 Development of Educational Thought; EDFN 407 Learning Theories and Educational Practice; and SPED 404 Introduction to Special Education.  

All students in Counselor Education will have a mandatory orientation at the beginning of their programs and have a faculty advisor who will help in the planning of each student’s course of study.

First Year
Term 1Hours
COUN-401Professional Orientation Legal/Ethical Practices3
COUN-402Developmental Counseling3
COUN-403Theories Of Counseling3
COUN-404Assessment And Evaluation In Counseling3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
COUN-405Individual Counseling Skills3
COUN-409Career Development3
COUN-420Introduction To Family Counseling3
COUN-430Social Cultural Diversity In Counseling3
 Term Hours12
Term 3
COUN-406Group Counseling3
COUN-415Children And Youth In School And Family Systems3
COUN-427Diagnostic Systems For Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
COUN-407Mental Health Counseling3
COUN-431Couple And Family Systems Study3
COUN-445Practicum I:Group Supervision In Couple And Family Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Term 2
COUN-408Research Seminar3
COUN-421Advanced Marriage And Family Counseling3
COUN-465Internship I:Group Supervision In Couple And Family Counseling3
 Term Hours9
Term 3
COUN-432Counseling Couples3
COUN-475Internship II:Group Supervision In Couple And Family Counseling3
Elective course3
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 60