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Master of Science in Counseling & Student Affairs

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  • Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs

      Program Coordinator: Lisa Karch, Ph.D
    Lommen 113H, 218.477.2699
      lisa.karch@mnstate.edu 

    Program Description

    The Counseling and Student Affairs (CNSA) program stresses the integration of counseling and developmental theories with interpersonal skill development.  It has a generalist orientation, but can be individualized to meet each student’s educational and professional goals.  The program provides extensive practical opportunities through practicum and internship experiences as well as relevant course work.  It can be completed full-time in two years or part time students have up to five years.  The curriculum is designed to help students develop core-helping skills and engage in concentrated study in one of three degree emphases: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Student Affairs and College Counseling, and School Counseling, each of which has specialized accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  These programs also prepare students to apply for state licensing and national certification in professional counseling.

     

    Program Emphasis

    The Clinical Mental Health Counseling emphasis prepares students for positions in community mental health settings as well as college and universities counseling services.  A counseling practicum and an internship in a community counseling setting or college counseling center is required.  Graduate may work in settings such as Community Mental Health Clinics, hospital inpatient facilities, Marriage & Family Centers and college and university settings.

    The Student Affairs and College Counseling emphasis prepares students for positions in colleges and universities. The Student Affairs emphasis provides coursework specific to student affairs in higher education as well as three semesters of practicum/internship in a college or university setting.  Student affairs graduates may work in areas such as Admissions, Residence Halls, the Student Union, Financial Aid, and Advising Centers.  The College Counseling emphasis prepares students to work in college counseling centers or college career counseling centers.  A counseling practicum with college students and an internship in a college counseling center is required. 

    The School Counseling emphasis prepares students for licensure or certification as a school counselor.  Students complete coursework as well as one semester of practicum and two semesters of internship in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.  School counselors are no longer required to have a teaching license in order to become a school counselor in Minnesota or North Dakota.

     


    Accreditation

    Minnesota State University Moorhead's graduate program in Counseling and Student Affairs has specialized accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  The specialized accreditation is granted by CACREP which is an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  The program offers three CACREP accredited tracks: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling (K-12), and Student Affairs and College Counseling. 

     

     

    Benefits of the Counseling and Student Affairs Program

    The Counseling and Student Affairs graduate program at MSUM is unique in its flexibility and individual attention to graduate students. Some of the strengths of the program include: small class sizes, frequent interaction between faculty, staff, and students, with additional faculty support provided during practicum and internship semesters.  In addition, students have an outstanding record of excelling on standardized national counselor examinations, which are necessary for certification and licensure. Graduates have high placement rates obtaining relevant employment in their field of interest.  All of the courses are offered after 4:30 p.m., in the evenings, and some are offered online/hybrid to accommodate working, part-time and full-time student needs.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    This program prepares students for human service professions. The essence of the school counseling, college counseling, and student affairs professions is the ability to relate to another person in a way that is helpful and which facilitates growth. The basic knowledge and core skills required are essentially the same for all three programs. Therefore, the objectives of this program are to develop students who:

    • Possess a high level of empathic counseling skills intended to facilitate client emotional growth.
    • Exhibit the attitudinal dimensions of unconditional positive regard, empathic understanding, and congruence.
    • Can articulate the developmental levels of others and can assist in their emotional growth and development.
    • Have highly developed counseling skills and the ability to use them in assisting others.
    • Are well grounded in a variety of counseling theories and can effectively use theoretical techniques.
    • Are able to use a variety of assessment methods and skills in order to help individuals’ better meet their needs.
    • Are knowledgeable about group dynamics and can facilitate group process.
    • Are knowledgeable about and can identify skills for working effectively with various groups in our multicultural and diverse society.
    • Understand the career development process and can identify skills for assisting others in career development.
    • Can use research methods and evaluation skills to improve performance and evaluate literature.
    • Can articulate a sense of themselves as beginning professionals.
    • Adhere to ethical standards of professional practice.
    • Can assess their own interventions (individual, group, and systems) in order to make them more effective.
    • Can articulate or are knowledgeable about their professional competencies and limitations.

    Admission Requirements

    The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:
    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S.
    Moorhead, MN 56563

      Application Priority Deadlines: September 15 and February 15

    1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. No specific major is required.
    2. 3.0 grade point average, or at least 3.25 for the last 30 semester credits of graded coursework.
    3. Completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form.
    4. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
    5. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    6. 350 word statement of personal career goals.
    7. Resume
    8. Three current or recent letters of recommendation from people who have been your professors, employers, supervisors, counselors, or have known you in other professional capacities (use forms provided).
    9.    Criminal background check through Verified Credentials (http://scholar.verifiedcredetials.com/mnstate)
    10. if your application materials meet the requirements, you will be invited for an interview with faculty in order to assess your communication skills and readiness to enter the counseling and student affairs professions.

    Degree Requirements

    1. A core of 36 credits is required of all candidates. An additional 18-24 credits specific to each of the emphases are also required.
    2. Continued improvement in interpersonal competence and counseling skill development.
    3. A 3.0 grade point average is required for courses submitted for the degree and a grade of B or better in all required courses.
    4. Successful four-or six-credit internship.
    5. Comprehensive examination passed.
    6. Master's thesis or Project satisfied through Plans A or B.
    7. Completion of an oral examination which serves as a review of the student's research project.

    Students must adhere to ethical standards of the profession, function in an adequate fashion and at an acceptable professional level in the practicum and internship settings, demonstrate personal qualities consistent with professional norms, and maintain continuous registration.

    Detailed information on these requirements and department policies are procedures may be obtained from the Counseling and Student Affairs Graduate Program Coordinator.

    Course Requirements

      Core Requirements (36 Required Credits)
    The core must be completed by all students majoring in any of the Counseling and Student Affairs concentrations: College Counseling, Community Counseling, School Counseling, or Student Affairs. The courses for each of the three program options are listed at the bottom. A total of 48 (51 for college counseling) credits is needed for the degree.
    CNSA 600 Foundations of Counseling (2 credits)
    CNSA 611 Theories of Individual and Family Counseling (3 credits)
    CNSA 612 Counseling Assessment & Appraisal (3 credits)
    CNSA 613 Career Development (3 credits)
    CNSA 614 Human Growth and Development for Counselors (3 credits)
    CNSA 615 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling (3 credits)
    CNSA 620 Counseling Skills I (3 credits)
    CNSA 630 Group Counseling (3 credits)
    CNSA 640 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling (1 credits)

    CNSA 680 Trauma Informed & Crisis Management (3 credits)
    CNSA 605 Counseling Research Methods & Statistics (3 credits)
    CNSA 699 Plan B or CNSA 699 Plan A (3 credits)      
     

    Student Affairs & College Counseling Emphasis (15 Credits)
    CNSA 660 Introduction to Student Affairs & College Counseling in Higher Education (3 credits)
    CNSA 662 Administration of Student Affairs & College Counseling in Higher Education (3 credits)
    CNSA 691C Practicum in Student Affairs/College Counseling (3 credits)
    CNSA 692C Internship in Student Affairs/College Counseling (6 credits)  

      

    Student Affairs Electives (minimum of 9 Credits)
    ED 630 Leadership, Planning, and Organizational Behavior in Education (3 credits)
    ED 635 Personal, Supervision & Staff Development (4 credits)

    ED 636 Policy and Educational Finance (2 credits)

    ED 767 Organization & Administration of Higher Education (3 credits)

    ED 782 Supervisory and Administrative Theory (4 credits)

     

     

    College Counseling Electives (minimum of 9 Credits)
    CNSA 655 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Families (3 credits)
    CNSA 670 Administration of Clinical Mental Health Services & Clinical Counseling Skills (3 credits)
    CNSA 672 Clinical Appraisal 7 Diagnosis, Intervention, & Treatment Planning (3 credits)
    CNSA 674 Childhood Through Adulthood Psychopathology for Mental Health Professionals (3 credits)
    CNSA 676 Clinical Supervision Training and Ethics (3 credits)
     


    Clinical and mental Health Counseling Emphasis (24 Credits)
    CNSA 655 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and Families (3 credits)
    CNSA 670 Administration of Clinical Mental Health Services & Clinical Counseling Skills (3 credits)
    CNSA 672 Clinical Appraisal 7 Diagnosis, Intervention, & Treatment Planning (3 credits)
    CNSA 674 Childhood Through Adulthood Psychopathology for Mental Health Professionals (3 credits)
    CNSA 676 Clinical Supervision Training and Ethics (3 credits)
    CNSA 691D Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)

    CNSA 692D Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)

     

    (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Students wanting School Counselor Licensure)

    CNSA 650 Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs (3 credits)

    CNSA 691 A Practicum in School Counseling--150 hours (1 credit)

    CNSA 692A Internship in School Counseling--300 hours (3 credits)

     

    School Counseling Emphasis (18 Credits)
    CNSA 650 Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs (3 credits)
    CNSA 652 Classroom Management for School Counselors (1-3 credits)
    CNSA 655 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and their Families (3 credits)
    PSY 634 Methods for Evidence Based Practices (2 credits)
    CNSA 691A Practicum in Counseling (3 credits)

    CNSA 692A Internship in School Counseling (6 credits)


     

    Additional Information

       Graduate Application Form
      Counseling Application Form
      Counseling Reference Form
      Counseling Background Screening Form