College Counseling Curriculum
Requirements and Recommendations
The College Counseling program is a 66 hour program consisting of coursework in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Courses and Student Affairs courses. The College Counseling program will be able to work as a counselor in the university setting as well as be eligible for Clinical Mental Health Counseling licensure. This program emphasizes the integration of student development, counseling, and experiential perspectives into the graduate preparation of College Counseling practitioners.
Please note that not all College Counseling courses are offered every semester. Students are responsible for carefully planning their programs of study in order to meet all prerequisite course and graduation requirements.
Tips for Course Planning
- Students must take Couns 5898 within the first 3 semesters in which a student enrolls.
- The preferred sequence for taking the following three course is: Couns 6962, 6900, 6973.
- Internship is the student’s capstone experience and should be taken during the last two semester. Applications are due the first week of the semester prior to the Internship. Training Agreements are due prior to beginning the Internship. For further information about Internship, please refer to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship Handbook.
- Comprehensive examinations are taken at the end of the semester prior to registering for Prac. 2.
- Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor after the first semester to complete the curriculum Plan of Study.
Field Experience Information
Internship in College Counseling is an experiential portion of the program that consists of a 600 hour field placement in a professional setting. Students complete 6 credit hours/300 field placement hours per semester over the course of 2 semesters.
Internship is one of the most important and unique courses within the College Counseling program. It is designed to provide an integration of practical experience and academic learning in a setting similar to that in which the student expects to be employed. Furthermore, the seminar is intended to help students prepare for the transition from graduate student to a professional College Counseling position following completion of the degree. Within this context, on-site supervision is provided by the site supervisor, and group processing of the experience is provided by the university instructor. The final course grade is determined by the university instructor with input from the site supervisor.
An appropriate site is one where the student can become familiar with a particular area of College Counseling services and activities including direct work with the student population. It allows the student to obtain supervised experience in organization development and interaction with clientele appropriate to their program area (students, prospective students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and outside agencies, etc.) and provides the opportunity for participation in a wide range of professional resources and activities. The university instructor must approve all internship sites.
The variety of Internship placements is broad. A student may work in a university, college, community college or satellite campus placement. Students should discuss appropriate placements with his/her program coordinator prior to approaching a potential supervisor. Students must contact the potential supervisor to discuss the internship objectives, internship requirements and responsibilities, supervision, etc. The site must be appropriate and the site supervisor willing to agree to supervise the intern prior to approval of the placement by the program coordinator. The Internship Application must be submitted to the university program coordinator during the first week of the semester prior to beginning of Internship. The signed Training Agreement must be submitted to the university program coordinator prior to the beginning of Internship.
Students currently employed full-time, part-time or in graduate assistantships may use their current employment sites (if appropriate) for the internship experience. The student must, however, perform responsibilities that are in addition to their current jobs and are appropriate to a professional position. The internship experience should significantly extend the students experience in College Counseling and cannot be simply a repetition of the student’s normal job requirements.
Appropriate internship activities are those duties and responsibilities which a beginning College Counseling professional would be expected to perform. At the beginning of the placement, the intern and site-supervisor will develop a list of goals and objectives unique to each intern and site. A minimum of 40% of the intern’s time must be spent in direct service activities. Direct service is defined as service to an individual student, group of students, professional colleagues or other professionals. This service may involve education, testing and assessment, advising, research, program development, and evaluation.
The site should have a supervisor who is available to work with the student, who possesses and license as a Professional Clinical Counselor – Supervising (PCC-S), and who has a minimum of two years of professional experience. The site supervisor must agree to the responsibilities required of all site supervisors before approval of the site and supervisor by the program coordinator.
Further information about the field experience can be found in the internship handbook available from the internship program coordinator.