School Counseling Concentration

Nationally recognized by The Education Trust as a “Transforming School Counseling” Program, the school counseling track is designed to prepare you for licensure as a school counselor at all grade levels. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


The program requires you to earn a minimum of 51 credit hours from courses in counseling, educational psychology, and approved electives. If you complete a 51-hour program, you will be eligible for licensure in school counseling. Students may choose to complete additional courses in order to be eligible for licensing as a mental health counselor in the state of Indiana.

As a degree requirement, you are required to complete an academic year school-based internship and submit a professional portfolio as evidence of your academic preparation. Links to other program requirements are listed at the right.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is the site to find membership information, listing of scholarships and awards, and recent publications. The Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA) is the site to find membership information, scholarship listings, and information on training programs. The American Counseling Association (ACA) is the site to find membership information, recent publications, and resources for counselors and students.

 Check out the School Counseling Program/Student Outcomes here.

You can find full course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog.

Required Courses: 

CPSY 600 - Introduction to School Counseling
Counseling and guidance in the schools for counselors, teachers, administrators, and other educational personnel. History and philosophy of school counseling, counselor roles and function, modes of intervention (e.g., direct services, consultation, curriculum), and ethics of school counseling will be studied.

CPSY 606 - Pre-Practicum Interviewing Skills
Experimental laboratory designed to build basic counseling and interviewing skills. Practice in applying skills will take place through simulations, role playing, and audio and videotapes.

CPSY 607 - Appraisal Methods in Counseling
Overview of measurement principles and major approaches to appraisal of individuals, groups, and environments. Comprehensive appraisal methods, specific techniques for selected problem areas, and standardized vocational and personality tests will be examined relative to the appraisal process in counseling.

CPSY 614 - Career Counseling, Assessment, and Interventions
Psychologists' and counselors' roles in using results from career-related assessment and diagnostic tools, intervention strategies related to career exploration, decision making, and life career adjustment; sources and application of career-development materials. Prerequisite: CPSY 610.

CPSY 621 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling
Investigation of major theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy. Examination of behavioral, psychoanalytic, person-centered, existential, and relationship-oriented counseling theories. Therapeutic attitudes, ethics, and techniques and their relationship to theoretical principles and concepts will be addressed. Prerequisite: CPSY 600 or 603 or 605.

CPSY 644 - Practicum in Counseling
Supervised experience in counseling. Emphasizes working with individual clients. Prerequisite: CPSY 606, 600 or 603 or 605; permission of the department chairperson. Prerequisite or parallel: CPSY 621. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

CPSY 646 - Advanced Practicum in Counseling
Advanced supervised experience in counseling with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families under the supervision of a professional counselor. Practical experience with the delivery of mental health services including administration, record keeping, and community outreach. Prerequisite: CPSY 644 and permission of the department chairperson. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

CPSY 653 - Research in Counseling Psychology and Guidance
Students will investigate, summarize, and interpret research in counseling psychology and guidance. Each student will write and submit a research report to fulfill course requirements.

CPSY 685 - Organization of the Guidance Program
Organization, administration, and functions of counselors, teachers, and administrators in guidance programs. Emphasizes evaluation and improvement effectiveness and efficiency of the guidance program in facilitating growth and development. Prerequisite: 9 or more hours in counseling and guidance courses including CPSY 600, 621.

CPSY 688 - Process and Techniques of Group Counseling
Major approaches to group counseling, including theoretical assumptions and basic principles and techniques. Participation experience provides practice in using various approaches and focuses on dynamics and processes of interaction(s) in group counseling. Prerequisite: CPSY 600 or 603 or 605.

CPSY 695 - Field Internship in Counseling
Intensive supervised experience in application of basic psychotherapeutic procedures and evaluation techniques in an approved and appropriate setting. Experience will be gained in one or several approved agencies under joint supervision of a university faculty member and an agency representative designated for this responsibility. Prerequisite: CPSY 644, 646. A total of 12 hours of credit may be earned.

SPCE 600- Education of Exceptional Children
The basic course in the graduate sequence for teachers who wish to specialize in any one of the branches of special education. Stresses findings concerning the unique psychological and educational problems of exceptional children.

Educational Psychology

EDPS 603 - Psychology of Human Development
Advanced lifespan human development. Covers biological, cognitive, and social development from conception to death, emphasizing theories, research, and applications to educational and psychological practice.  Prerequisite: EDPSY 250 or equivalent.

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CPSY 631 - Introduction to the Study of Personality
An application of psychological principles to an introductory understanding of personality and interpersonal adjustment. Content includes social motivation, frustration, conflicts, adjustive mechanisms, assessment of personality, and some exposure to problems of mental hygiene and psychotherapy.

CPSY 636 - Psychopathology
Symptoms and dynamics of psychological disorders with primary emphasis on their development, etiology, prevention, and supporting research evidence.

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CPSY 678 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling the Culturally Diverse
Designed to build expertise in counseling people of black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American heritage. Emphasizes understanding the social and political bases of counseling and therapy. Activities may include student case presentation of a client from a different cultural background. Prerequisite: CPSY 621 or permission of the department chairperson.

EDMUL 660 - Multicultural and Multiethnic Education in American Schools
Analyzes cultural and ethnic influences on the total operation of American schools. Emphasizes learning and classroom environment and planning, including cultural and ethnic considerations. Teacher attitudes, administrative concerns, student perceptions, and behaviors of all school- related personnel are studied in terms of the effect of prejudicial attitudes on the learning environment.

EDMUL 670 - Social and Cultural Minorities in American Education
Analysis of lifestyles of different cultural groups in terms of children's strengths useful in schools and other institutions. Emphasizes flexible attitudes, bilingualism/biculturalism, creativity, improvisation, adjustments, and family structures. A variety of approaches to instruction are considered in the study of different ethnic groups. Prerequisite: EDMUL 205 or 660.

Education Courses

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EDFON 631 - Philosophy of Education
School practices and educational ideas as they have been described and analyzed by philosophers of education.

EDFON 641 - History of American Education
The history of American educational thought and its influence upon institutional schooling from the Puritans to the present.

EDFON 651 - Educational Sociology
The effect of the larger American society upon the education of the student; the school as one setting where young persons grow into maturity; the school as a social system; the role of schools in a democratic society.

EDCUR 610 - The Elementary School Curriculum
The formal and social school-related experiences of elementary school pupils in the light of the purposes of the school. Current elementary school curricular practices and alternatives in the light of research in child development, principles of learning, and current culture.

EDCUR 620 - The Secondary School Curriculum
The cognitive, social, aesthetic, and physical experiences of secondary school students in the light of the purposes of the school. Present secondary school curricular practices and alternatives in relation to research on socialization, cognitive development, and aesthetics as they relate to current culture.

EDCUR 630 - The Junior High and Middle School Curriculum
Examines several curricular practices designed to produce intended outcomes with students age ten to fifteen. Studies current research, theory, and practices. Develops curricula designed for specific student populations.

EDEL 600 - Basic Concepts in Elementary Education
Examination of current concepts essential for successful teaching and learning in an elementary classroom. Focus will provide a foundation of knowledge to be extended in future graduate work.

EDEL 626 - Discipline and Classroom Management: Some Practical Approaches
Practical ways for experienced elementary school teachers to create and maintain effective learning environments. Emphasizes approaches to prevention and remediation of disruptive classroom behavior.

EDSEC 534 - Classroom Management: Practical Approaches to Improving Student Behavior
Assists secondary teachers in establishing effective systems of classroom management in middle, junior, and senior high school settings. Emphasizes practical skills and procedures for preventing or remedying disruptive behavior by secondary students and ways to create a positive environment for learning. Not open to students who have credit in EDSEC 434.

EDSEC 695 - Dynamics of the Secondary School Classroom
Designed to promote knowledge and skill in diagnosing instructional group structures, solving urgent problems of educational practice, and developing guidance and leadership proficiency in the classroom.

EDJHM 512 - Instructional Strategies and Approaches in Junior High and Middle Schools
Circumstances affecting instruction in junior high and middle schools are analyzed. Students are encouraged to be creative and effective in structuring and developing instructional methods, techniques, units, materials, and evaluation procedures appropriate for junior high and middle school students.