Students may apply year round for review and admission by the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.
Admission to the Program
- All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
- The applicant must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 2.75 on previous undergraduate work.
- The applicant must supply at least two recommendations from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant's character, scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work.
- The applicant or student may transfer up to 12 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitutue. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
- The applicant or student must have the state minimum PRAXIS CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educations) scores on the appropriate sections of the PRAXIS series. Applicant must take and pass CASE in order to meet State of Mississippi certification requirements. Required scores are:
- Reading (5712) - 156
- Writing (5722) - 162
- Mathematics (5732) - 150
- The applicant should submit a Goal Statement and Autobiographical Statement.
- The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to the final determination of admission status.
- Upon successful completion of 12-18 hours of graduate work taken at Mississippi College, a student should apply for admission to candidacy. After completion of graduation requirements see additional information available at www.mde.k12.ms.us to meet State certification requirements. Request that all scores be sent to MC (Code 1477). The passing score for PRAXIS II Guidance & Counseling (test code 0421 or 5421) is 156.
Provisional Admission to the Program
The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.
A minimum of 48 semester hours in qualifying, core, and specialized courses for students who hold the Mississippi Class A Educator License. Students who do not have a five-year educator license from the Mississippi Office of Educator Licensure will be required to complete a full-year internship in order to meet the educational requirements for the Class AA License in Guidance and Counseling, which requires these students to follow the internship site school district guidelines for length of Internship I and Internship II. Students should consult the current guidelines for Mississippi Educator Licensure and discuss specific requirements with the Coordinator of the School Counseling Program. Successful completion of the M.Ed. degree in School Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, admission to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 600 hours in internship courses, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.
During the last two semesters of enrollment, candidates for the M. Ed. in School Counseling must complete a comprehensive exit examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. The exit exam is the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), a 160-item, standardized, computer-based exam published by the Center for Credentialing & Education. A passing score of 50% or higher is required for graduation. In the event a student earns less than 50%, the Assessment Coordinator will develop a remediation plan and retesting
|COU 6501||Legal, Ethical, & Professional Issues in Counseling||3|
|COU 6502||Theories of Personality & Counseling||3|
|COU 6503||Helping Relationships (Methods & Techniques in Counseling)||3|
|COU 6504||Research - Methods & Procedures||3|
|COU 6506||Multicultural Counseling||3|
|COU 6515||Lifespan Development||3|
|COU 6661||Use & Interpretation of Tests||3|
|COU 6662||Techniques of Group Counseling||3|
|COU 6663||Practicum in Counseling & Therapy||3|
|COU 6664||Consultation: Theories, Models, & Practices||3|
|COU 6665||Lifestyle & Career Counseling||3|
|COU 6666||Systems Theory & Intervention Strategies||3|
|COU 6667||Addictions Counseling||3|
|COU 6668||Foundations, Contextual Dimensions, Knowledge, & Skills of School Counseling||3|
|COU 6701||Internship in Counseling I||3|
|COU 6702||Internship in Counseling II||3|