MS in Counselor Education
Program Leader: Dr. Maureen Kenny
Counselor Education Degree Majors
The Master of Science in Counselor Education Majors ( CACREP nationally accredited) prepare individuals for professional counseling positions in schools, community mental health settings, and rehabilitation agencies and institutions. These programs emphasize the blending of research and theory with practical applied experience. They also emphasize and reflect the urban and multicultural nature of our community, as well as general trends within specified fields. All programs involve intensive field work with accompanying seminars.
Individuals interested in majoring in Counselor Education can select one of three majors; School Counseling (57 credits), Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits), and Rehabilitation Counseling (60 credits). The early part of each program is largely generic in nature and is concerned with the development of knowledge and skills in the areas of individual and group counseling, consultation, preventive mental health, education-vocational development, client appraisal, systems intervention, and program organization and evaluation. The latter part of each program is more differentiated towards the practice of school counseling, mental health counseling, or rehabilitation counseling. The prospective student should be advised that a substantial amount of time is spent in field work to meet practicum and internship requirements. The student should plan for this field work to be during the day, rather than during evening hours. Thus, full time employment is incompatible with completion of a degree in Counselor Education.
The Master of Science in Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Major, is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Medical Quality Assurance for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor.
The Master of Science in Counselor Education, Rehabilitation Counseling Major, meets all requirements as outlined by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and prepares students for in certification Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC).
The Master of Science in Counselor Education, School Counseling Major, is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and is approved by the State of Florida Department of Education, the Florida Board of Regents, and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Applicants are required to submit an on-line application to the Office of Graduate Admissions. All applicants must submit official transcripts, three letters of recommendation (at least one from academic sources and one from work or volunteer experience), an autobiographical statement and a curriculum vitae (resume). Candidates are admitted by recommendation of the Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee. Minimum criteria for program acceptance include an undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 in the last 60 hours of coursework. An interview is required for admissions into the programs and will be arranged by the Director of the Counselor Education Program.
Students may request to transfer six semester hours earned at another institution into the program provided the course work taken does not exceed a three year time period and meet University’s requirements. In addition, the course work must be deemed equivalent to course work at FIU; this determination is made by the Counselor Education faculty. Transferring in more than 6 hours requires special permission from your advisor and the Dean of the University Graduate School. Students are allowed a maximum of six years from the date of initial enrollment to complete program requirements. Given the unique nature of the field of counseling requiring mastery of cognitive skills and demonstration of relevant and appropriate interpersonal skills, the faculty retains the right to “counsel out” of the program and/or not recommend for internship placement any student whose level of interpersonal competence is considered incompatible with that required for effective functioning as a practitioner in counseling.
All stated admission requirements are to be considered minimal. A student who meets these minimal requirements is not automatically assured admission. Program admission requirements are subject to change. It is the responsibility of the student to assure that he/she has met the requirements. Applications are reviewed upon their completion. Allow 6-8 weeks for application to be processed by the Graduate Admissions Office.
Once admitted, each student is responsible for tracking academic progress throughout the program, and a degree can be revoked if academic dishonesty or fraudulence is discovered.