Master of Science in Counseling and Development

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

61 semester credit hours, in either of the focal areas of interest listed below:

  1. Professional School Counseling: Designed to meet the School Counselor educational requirements of the State Board for Educator Certification.
  2. Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Designed to meet the educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Special Requirements

No grade below B is accepted towards any graduate degree in the Department of Family Sciences. If more than one grade below B is earned while enrolled in any Family Sciences graduate program, the student will be dismissed from the program. In addition, students enrolled in the M.S. in Counseling and Development program who earns a grade of PR twice in FS 5363, FS 5364, FS 5373, or FS 5893, or who earns one grade below a B and a PR in any of the aforementioned courses will be dismissed from the program.

Additional information about specific program requirements can be found in the C&D Student Handbook.

Final Examination

In addition to the completion of a professional portfolio, students must complete a final examination consisting of an oral defense of this document. The student's advisory committee determines the outcome of the exam. The examination may be repeated if deemed appropriate by the student's advisory committee, with the approval of the department chair. The advisory committee should consist of three Counseling and Development faculty members, all of whom must hold Graduate Faculty status. 

Emphasis in Professional School Counseling

Counseling Core (9 hours - to be completed within the first 21 hours of coursework):
FS 5443Multicultural Counseling3
FS 5303Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling3
FS 5313Counseling Theory and Practice3
Additional Counseling Core (16 hours)
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5173Abnormal Behavior: Crisis Impacts and Treatments3
FS 5323Psychological Appraisal of the Individual3
FS 5353Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors3
FS 5453Counseling for Career Development3
FS 5931Professional Portfolio1
School Counseling Specialty (9 hours):
FS 5033Foundations of School Counseling3
FS 5043Critical Issues in School Counseling3
FS 5053Applied Skills in School Counseling3
Research (3 hours)
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
Electives (6 hours)
One course in couples, marriage, or families (consult with your Advisor - required for LPC track)3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Addiction Counseling (required for LPC track)
Grief and Bereavement
Play Therapy
Advanced Play Therapy: Theories and Applications
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Ethics, Law, and Practice
Expressive Arts in Counseling
Counseling an Aging Population
Clinical Competencies (18 hours)
FS 5363Prepracticum (required after completion of Counseling Core and prior to completion of 30 hours)3
FS 5373Group Counseling Procedures (taken concurrently with Prepracticum)3
FS 5364Practicum in Counseling and Development (1 semester)4
FS 5894Internship in Counseling (2 semesters)8
Total SCHs61

Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Counseling Core (9 hours - to be completed within the first 21 hours of coursework):
FS 5443Multicultural Counseling3
FS 5303Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling3
FS 5313Counseling Theory and Practice3
Additional Counseling Core (19 hours)
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5143Addiction Counseling3
FS 5173Abnormal Behavior: Crisis Impacts and Treatments3
FS 5323Psychological Appraisal of the Individual3
FS 5353Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors3
FS 5453Counseling for Career Development3
FS 5931Professional Portfolio1
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty (3 hours)
FS 5493Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Ethics, Law, and Practice3
Research (3 hours)
FS 5693Research Methods in Family Sciences3
Electives (9 hours)
One course in couples, marriage, or families (consult with your Advisor)3
Choose 2 courses from the following:6
Grief and Bereavement
Play Therapy
Advanced Play Therapy: Theories and Applications
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Expressive Arts in Counseling
Counseling an Aging Population
Clinical Competencies (18 hours)
FS 5363Prepracticum (required after completion of counseling Core & prior to completion of 30 hours)3
FS 5373Group Counseling Procedures (taken concurrently with Prepracticum)3
FS 5364Practicum in Counseling and Development (1 semester)4
FS 5894Internship in Counseling (2 semesters)8
Total SCHs61