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Counseling Concentration

Applicants pursuing a concentration in counseling have two choices: Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling (below). The prerequisite for pursuing this degree is 18 hours of psychology or psychology related courses that should include general psychology, abnormal psychology, human development, and statistics. Candidates should plan a specified program with their graduate committees. If seeking a master's degree in school counseling in either of these concentrations must request admission to candidacy before completing nine hours of graduate course work.

Total: 48-50

School Counseling Concentration (48 - 50 semester 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 600-hour internship, school observation hours for those who have not taught, and a passing score on the comprehensive examination.

Required (48 - 50 hours):

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

Two courses should be taken from the following:

  • PSY 5010 Death, Dying, and Bereavement (3)
  • PSY 5040 Behavior Modification (3)
  • PSY 5050 Applied Psychopharmacology (3)
  • PSY 5080 Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5090 Social and Community Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5170 Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • PSY 5180 Theory and Practice in Clinical Supervision (3)
  • PSY 5320 Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)
  • PSY 5992 Couples and Family Counseling (3)
  • PSY 5993 Addictions Counseling (3)

*Required for students with no teaching experience as determined by program coordinator.

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 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

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.