School Counseling - Courses

The School Counseling program has been designed for full-time or part-time enrollment. Careful adherence to course sequencing and course prerequisites is essential for part-time students.


EDC/PSY 502 | Foundations of Education | 3 credits

This course is a survey of the growth of education in the United States from its beginning to the present system. The philosophical, historical, and sociological backgrounds of education are reviewed. The course also emphasizes the relationship of the counselor or school psychologist to the school, to society, and to the profession.

EDC/PSY 503 | Interpersonal Effectiveness | 3 credits

This interactive course focuses on the training and practice of interpersonal skills which are vital to functioning as a professional psychologist or counselor. The course will be centered on a three stage helping model which assists individuals in exploring their problems, gaining insights, and taking action. In developing this helping model, three counseling theories will be explored: person-centered therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and behavior therapy. The course will largely focus on the skill development necessary to initiate helping relationships with diverse populations.

EDC/PSY 504 | Counseling Theory & Practicum | 3 credits

This course is designed to build upon the basic interpersonal and counseling skills developed in Interpersonal Effectiveness I (Psy 503). Emphasis will be placed on the development of further enhancement of challenging and guidance skills requisite for therapeutic intervention in established counseling relationships. In addition, several psychotherapy approaches and their intervention techniques will be presented and analyzed. Theoretical applications will be considered for both adults and children. The focus will be on developing interpersonal and therapeutic interventions which will foster change and growth in individual clients.

EDC 507 | Career Development and Guidance | 3 credits

This course introduces the student to some of the philosophical issues and sociological patterns of career development. Students will explore both theory and practice of career counseling and education. The focus upon development from childhood through adulthood provides examination of career counseling strategies in both schools and community agencies.

EDC/PSY 508 | Systems Theory | 3 credits

An in-depth exploration of systems theory and research will be explored as a means for understanding individual challenges and problems. Systems theory will be applied within the contexts of family, school, community, and religion for the diagnostic techniques and eventual treatment procedures used within the professional helping relationship.

EDC/PSY 509 | Contemporary Issues in Counseling | 3 credits

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the contemporary issues and problems that may be brought into the counseling setting. Religiosity/spirituality, parenting/family/divorce, child abuse, sexual abuse, sexuality, substance abuse, alcoholism, teen pregnancy/abortion, school violence, and grief will be some of the issues presented as part of this course. The role of values, belief systems (including religious/spiritual beliefs), and cultural factors as they interface with these issues will be explored and discussed. Emphasis will be on identifying important considerations and initial strategies for therapeutic intervention.

EDC 514 | Professional Practice in School Counseling | 2 credits

This course is designed as an introduction to the profession of school counselor. Areas explored include professional roles, settings, functions, goals and objectives, organizations, history, ethics, and credentialing. Special attention will be given to consultation and the practical applications of the job while examining various academic disciplines pertinent to the development of the school counselor.

EDC/PSY 520 | Foundations of Measurement: Assessment Core I | 3 credits

Basic theory of psychological and educational measurements and the elementary statistics of test score analysis including reliability, validity, item analysis, and scales of measurement. Current standardized measures will be explored which include some of the most widely used instruments. Some alternative ways of assessment will be explored which are more curriculum and performance based. Special attention will be given to cross-cultural assessment and inherent bias in assessment.

EDC/PSY 530 | Advanced Developmental Psychology | 3 credits

Provides a broad understanding of individual needs which encompass the Life Span. This course incorporates all significant aspects of growth that make up human experience. The student will learn to relate development theory and research to professional practice in educational and mental health settings.

EDC/PSY 565 | Psychopathology | 3 credits

This course is designed to explore the complexities of child and adolescent psychopathology, with a specific emphasis on the school setting. The content will focus on the epidemiology, symptomatology, etiology, comorbidity, and treatment of different psychopathologies experienced by children and adolescents. Common assessment strategies and classification systems, such as the DSM-IV, will be examined, along with their strengths and weaknesses. Intervention and prevention approaches for specific disorders will be discussed, including a particular focus on school-based intervention programs.

EDC/PSY 601 | Statistics and Research Design | 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of research and statistical analysis. Students will be exposed to the critical evaluation of research and will survey the process of research from the development of the hypotheses to the interpretation of the data. They will gain a broader understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics and various research design strategies.

EDC/PSY 610 | Legal and Ethical Issues for the School Psychologist or Counselor | 2 credits

The students will review landmark court cases and judicial decisions, which are most crucial to the professions of counselor and school psychologist. Key pieces of educational law will be reviewed, such as Section 504 of the American Disabilities Act and Part 200 of IDEA, as well as ethical guidelines for school employees.

EDC/PSY 655 | Consultation for Prevention & Intervention | 3 credits

Students will be exposed to the theory behind and practice of consultation as an indirect service delivery model for children, families, and schools. Although the class will utilize a lecture format, applied work will be provided via the students’ field and internship placements. Thus, as a pre-requisite, all students must also be enrolled in a Field or Internship class as well.

EDC/PSY 664 | Group Dynamics and Group Counseling | 2 credits

This course explores the rationale, goals and fundamental dynamics of the individual in group situations. Group process will be explored in its entirety including initiation, maintenance, and termination of therapeutic group interactions. Methods of group leadership with people from diverse backgrounds, and both facilitative and non-facilitative roles will be explored.

EDC/PSY 700 | Advanced Integration of Counseling and Theology | 2 credits

A study of basic concepts of evangelical Christian theology and its relationships to counseling theory and helping within the social contexts of both individuals and families. Parallel relationships will be drawn between both disciplines with practical applications offered for the helping professional.

EDC 710 A and B | Internship in School Counseling | 8 credits

This course allows students to practice skills learned through course material in supervised, approved field placements over the course of one full academic year. Students are required to spend 2 full days per week through the first semester and 3 full days per week through the second semester for a total of 600 hours. Placements may also be split into two separate placements to offer the student a greater latitude of diversity. Prerequisite: Students must have completed all coursework in addition to their qualifying examination for graduation.

EDC 715 | Counseling Supervision | 3 credits

Students will be exposed to the practice of counseling supervision. This course includes the study of various models of supervision within a variety of settings and contexts. Students will be expected to supervise students enrolled in the Counseling Theory & Practicum EDC/PSY 504.

EDC/PSY 716 | Exceptionality and Diversity | 3 credits

This course is designed as a graduate-level introduction to the history, major issues, and contemporary practices defining exceptionalities, their categorization, and demographic characteristics. Cultural differences within and outside exceptionalities will also be explored.

EDC/PSY 734 | Play Therapy | 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to provide students with exposure to and an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in using play therapy with individuals, families and groups in diverse settings. Students will become familiar with various theoretical practice models and learn to apply those models with children experiencing a variety of problems across diverse populations. This course will expose the student to basic knowledge about play therapy as a component of services to children, including in mental health, child welfare, health and community based settings.

EDC 735 | Conflict Management | 3 credits

Conflict is an inevitable and ubiquitous phenomenon that can be either constructive or destructive. In this course, the causes and dynamics of conflict as well as ways to transform conflict into a constructive force in a school setting will be explored. This interactive course focuses on the development of school-based conflict transformation skills, with primary emphasis given to mediation and Life Space Crisis Intervention.

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