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School Counseling Concentration

School Counseling Concentration (51-54* credit hours)

The school counseling concentration is designed to prepare graduates for school counseling positions at elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels. Graduates will meet the current licensing requirements for the Tennessee Board of Education. The curriculum requirements include coursework, a 120-hour practicum experience, 600-hour internship, and a comprehensive examination. Students entering the program without prior teaching experience will be required to take two education courses (*) as electives.

School Counseling: Two-Year Tentative Plan

 Required Core (48 hours):

  • PSY 5000 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (3)
  • COUN 5110 Lifespan Development (3)
  • COUN 5150 Foundations of School Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5160 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
  • COUN 5190 Psychological Assessment (3)
  • COUN 5400 Theories in Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5410 Counseling Techniques (3)
  • COUN 5420 Advanced Counseling Techniques (3)
  • COUN 5430 Group Theories and Techniques (3)
  • COUN 5440 Diversity Issues in Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5600 Theories and Counseling in Career Development (3)
  • COUN 5640 Practicum in School Counseling (2)
  • COUN 5725 Internship in School Counseling (6)
  • COUN 6010 Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Counseling (3)
  • COUN 6015 Comprehensive School Counseling Program Development & Implementation (3)

One to Two (1-2*) courses should be taken from the following:

  • COUN 5010 Death, Dying, and Bereavement (3)
  • PSY 5040 Behavior Modification (3)
  • COUN 5080 Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5320 Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)
  • PSY 5990 Thesis (6)
  • COUN 5991 Addiction Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5992 Couples and Family Counseling (3)
  • EDUC 5550 Teaching & Learning*
  • EDUC 5080 Classroom Organization & Management*

**Successful completion of a comprehensive exam is also required.

* In order to meet Tennessee state licensure requirements, students without prior teaching experience must take these electives within the first year of enrollment.

Possible changes in Tennessee certification requirements or accreditation may significantly alter this program of study. Please consult with the Coordinator of School Counseling (Dr. Deborah Buchanan) for current information.

Education Specialist (ED.S.)

* The Education Specialist Program is Not Currently Accepting Applications

The Education Specialist program is designed to permit students to achieve a degree level higher than the master's. The major is Education with concentrations available in Administration and Supervision, School Counseling, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education.  The psychology department offers one concentration, School Counseling, under the Educational Specialist Programs of Study.

The School Counseling concentration consists of 32 to 33 hours of course work beyond the master's degree.

Required Core (18 - 19 hours):

  • EDUC 6500 Curriculum Improvement and Construction (3)
  • EDUC 6800 Seminar on Teacher Effectiveness (3)

OR

  • PSY 5070 Introduction to Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDUC 5611 Educational Computer Applications (3)

OR

  • EDUC 5612 Computers for School Administrators (3)
  • SPED 5550 Trends and Issues in Special Education (3)

OR

  • SPED 5750 Classroom Management of Disabled Learners (3)

OR

  • PSY 5320 Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)
  • EDUC 6050 Seminar on Research (2)

OR

  • PSY 5000 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (3)
  • EDUC 6990 Field Study (4)

OR

  • PSY 6990 Field Study (4)

School Counseling Concentration Requirements (32 hours):

  • EDUC 5010 Curriculum Development: Elementary (2)

OR

  • EDUC 5050 Curriculum Development: Secondary (2)

OR

  • EDUC 5310 Organization and Legal Foundations (3)

OR

  • PSY 5090 Social and Community Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5320 Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)
  • PSY 5430 Group Theories and Techniques (3)
  • PSY 5725 Internship in School Counseling (6)

Possible changes in Tennessee certification requirements or accreditation may significantly alter this program of study. Please consult with the Coordinator of School Counseling (Dr. Deborah Buchanan) for current information.