MED EDS School Counseling

Master of Education/Education Specialist Program in School Counseling

 

This 62 credit-hour program combines coursework from both the Departments of Education and Psychology.  Students completing this program will acquire knowledge, dispositions, and professional skills to function in school  settings as licensed School Counselors, and will be trained within the Pragmatic Model. It is the goal of the  Valparaiso University School Counseling program to provide school counseling training in accordance with standards established by CACREP and the Indiana Department of Education's Division of Professional Standards.  The first integrated sequence of study (33 credit hours) leads to the awarding of the Master of Education in Education and Psychological Foundations and the second integrated sequence of study (29 credit hours) leads to the Ed.S., Educational Specialist degree. Graduates of this program will also qualify for licensure as School Counselors in the State of Indiana upon successful completion of all coursework, program assessments, and   required professional tests.  The Valparaiso University School Counseling Program is designed for completion in two and a half years of fulltime sequenced study, including summers.  Practicum and internship field-training are
essential components of the training sequence. Courses are typically held during evening hours, but field-training requirements must typically be met during hours in which elementary and secondary schools are in session.
To ensure that individual candidates are meeting programmatic goals, data will be collected at periodic checkpoints and reviewed by a designated committee determined for each student at the initiation of the program. Checkpoints are as follows:

1) Admission (prior to admission to the program);
2) Pre-practicum Review;
3) Pre-internship Review;
4) Pre-graduation/Pre-licensing Review. Education Programs

Follow-up employment surveys will be completed within one year of graduation.  Evaluations of candidates' knowledge, skills, and dispositions will occur 1) through multiple methods of assessment (e.g., portfolios, scoring rubrics, field training evaluations, norm-referenced testing), 2) across settings (e.g., university classrooms and elementary/secondary settings), and finally, 3) from perceptions of different raters/evaluators.  Individuals who have already completed graduate work within the past five years may transfer up to 21 credit hours of
applicable coursework toward meeting the degree requirements. No more than nine of the 21 credits to be transferred can be at the 600-level. Transfer of credits is approved on a course-by-course basis by appropriate faculty in the Education or Psychology Department. Transfer credits must be congruent with the Valparaiso
University degree requirements. 

Admission.  In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see page 78),  applicants must also complete the following School Counseling program application requirements:


1. Applicants are expected to have a background in psychology which includes one course in introductory psychology, one course in human growth and development, and one course in basic statistics. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be admitted to the program on the condition that they complete these
courses prior to their first semester at Valparaiso University.

2. Applicants' 250-350 word essay should relate graduate study to professional goals. The essay should include a self-assessment of experience and education that would qualify one for undertaking work in school counseling. This essay substitutes for the general essay required for admission to the Graduate School (see page 78).
Admission is offered only for the fall semester, with priority given to applications submitted by March 1. Preference is given to applicants who plan to complete the program through full-time coursework. 

M.Ed.–Education and Psychological Foundations (33 credits)

ED 617 Assessment and Management of the Learning Environment . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 600 Introduction to Student Services and Educational Systems . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 620 Human Development: Biological and Learned Bases of Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 625 Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 660 Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 662 Helping Relationships: Counseling Processes . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 664 Career Counseling: Appraisal and Intervention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 682 Practicum in School Counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
SPSY 540 Learning Exceptionalities . . 3 Cr.
SPSY 640 Professional Issues, Ethics, and Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
SPSY 660 Consultation in School and Community Settings . . . . . . . 3 Cr.

Ed.S.–Education Specialist Component (29 credits)

ED 610 Research in Education . . . . . . 3 Cr.
ED 612 Decision Making in Curriculum and Instruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
ED 671 Cultural Leadership in a Multicultural Society . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 570 Assessment in Counseling: Testing and Appraisal . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 687 Internship in Counseling (two semesters) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Cr.
SPSY 650 Socialization and Development of Life Skills . . . . . . 3 Cr.
SPSY 688 Statistical Interpretation for School Program Evaluation . . . . . 2 Cr.
Electives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Cr.

Electives. Students may select from the following courses to fulfill elective
requirements (6 credit hours) for the Ed.S. degree:
ED 528 Foundations of Literacy Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 575 Human Neuropsychology in Counseling an School Settings . . 3 Cr.
COUN 635 Introduction to Psychopathology . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 665 Family Counseling and Dynamics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 667 Substance Abuse Counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
COUN 691 Advanced Topics in Counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cr.
SPSY 551 Applied Behavior Analysis . . 3 Cr.

Baccalaureate/Masters Early Entry Option in School Counseling.

Early Entry program in School Counseling is an
option for undergraduate students at Valparaiso University in any major who are willing to commit to the  M.Ed./Ed.S. School Counseling program upon completion of the bachelor's degree. This program offers several
benefits to Valparaiso University undergraduates, including an early admission decision for graduate study and the
opportunity to save credits and tuition by allowing graduate course work during the student's senior year. Graduate credits earned in this Early Entry Option will count towards the undergraduate degree.  Students interested in applying to the program should have completed the necessary undergraduate hours, as specified by their areas of major and minor, to graduate at the completion of their senior year. They must also show evidence of a cumulative grade point average of 3.3, and have earned at least a B in coursework in Introductory Psychology, Human Development, and Basic Statistics by the conclusion of the fall semester of the junior year. Students meeting these criteria should then:

1. Request that their undergraduate major advisor complete a form (included in the application packet) verifying  that basic requirements for admission into the Early Entry program have been met.  The student is also required to  attach evidence of a recent degree audit.
2. Submit the School Counseling Early Entry application to the Graduate School Office no later than March 1st of the junior year.  Students who are admitted must commit to completing a minimum of 6 graduate credit hours of courses in the School Counseling program during the senior year, after meeting with the Coordinator of the
School Counseling Program. Students are responsible for informing their instructors when coursework is taken as part of the Early Entry program.  Students enrolled in the Early Entry program are permitted to take the following
courses, which could then be applied to their graduate study in School Counseling:
 
SPSY 540 Learning Exceptionalities
SPSY 551 Applied Behavior Analysis
COUN 570 Testing and Appraisal

Formal admission into the School Counseling program requires that students submit a current copy of their academic transcript to the Graduate School Office by March 1st of the senior year and complete a
final admission request for entry into the School Counseling program.

Program Exit Criteria for the School Counseling Program. 

Successful completion of the school counseling program requires:
1. A 3.0 grade point average in all required and elective coursework and no more than one grade of C or C+.
2. Successful attainment of performance requirements (knowledge, skills, and dispositions) set for each checkpoint
required prior to graduation and licensing. This includes passing the ETS Praxis II School Guidance and
Counseling Examination.
3. Submission of all Valparaiso University materials required for graduation according to published guidelines and
deadlines.
4. Submission of all Indiana-required licensure paperwork, including criminal background check, to the licensing
coordinator. Candidates wanting to obtain licensure in a state other than Indiana are responsible for determining
and successfully meeting the licensure requirements for that state.