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The CNSA program stresses the integration of developmental theory with interpersonal skills. It has a generalist orientation, but can be individualized to meet each student’s needs. The program provides extensive practical experience through a practicum and internship. It can be completed in as short as two years or part time students have up to five years. Through the program, students develop core-helping skills and engage in concentrated study in one of three degree emphases, each of which has specialized accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP):The Student Affairs emphasis prepares students for positions in colleges and universities. Students complete coursework specific to student affairs in higher education as well as two 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 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.The College Counseling emphasis prepares persons to work in college counseling centers or college career counseling centers. This emphasis requires knowledge of the development of college students and their unique issues and concerns. Student affairs theories, counseling theories, and counseling skills are emphasized. A counseling practicum with college students and an internship in a college counseling center is required.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 are: small class sizes, a great deal of interaction between faculty and students, and additional faculty support during internship. In addition, students have an outstanding record of excelling on standardized national counselor examinations, which are necessary for certification and licensure. Many of the courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate part-time students.
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:
The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:
Graduate Studies Office
1104 7th Ave. S.
Moorhead, MN 56563
Application Priority Deadlines: September 15 and February 15
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.
Core Requirements (33 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 Introduction to Counseling Research (1 credit) CNSA 610 Foundations of Counseling (2 credits) CNSA 611 Theories of Individual and Family Counseling (3 credits) CNSA 612 Individual 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) ED 602 Statistics in Educational Research (2 credits) ED 603 Methods of Research (2 credits) CNSA 699 Master's Thesis (4 credits) College Counseling Emphasis (18 Credits)PSY 563 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits) CNSA 660 Introduction to Student Affairs (2 credits) CNSA 661 Higher Education in the U. S. (1 credit) CNSA 662 Administration of Student Affairs in Higher Education (2 credits) CNSA 663 The College Student (1 credit) CNSA 691C Practicum in College Counseling (3 credits) CNSA 692C Internship in College Counseling (6 credits) Student Affairs Emphasis (15 Credits)CNSA 660 Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education (2 credits) CNSA 661 Higher Education in the U.S. (1 credit) CNSA 662 Administration of Student Affairs in Higher Education (2 credits) CNSA 663 The College Student (1 credit) Elective (3 credits) CNSA 691B Practicum in Student Affairs in Higher Education (2 credits) CNSA 692B Internship in Student Affairs in Higher Education (4 credits) School Counseling Emphasis (15 Credits)CNSA 650 Organization/Administration of Guidance Services (3 credits) CNSA 691A Practicum in Counseling (3 credits) CNSA 692A Internship in School Counseling (6 credits) CNSA 655 Counseling Children, Adolescents, and their Families (3 credits)
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