ME.d/Ed.S program in School Counseling
The 62 credit-hour program combines coursework from both the Department 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’s degree. Graduates of this program will also qualify for licensure as School Counselors in the State of Indiana.
The School Counseling program can be completed in two and a half years, assuming full time sequenced study, including summers. Courses are typically held during the evening, but experiential components must be met during hours in which elementary and secondary schools are in session. Graduates of this program will 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 full-time 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:
Follow-up employment surveys will be completed within one year of graduation. Evaluation of candidates' knowledge, skills, and dispositions will occur 1) through multiple methods of assessment (e.g., portfolios, scoring rubrics, field training, 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.Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduate Students
Early entry is an option for VU undergraduate students in any major who are willing to commit to the MEd/Ed.S. School Counseling program upon completion of their Bachelor’s degree. Benefits of the program include an early admission decision for graduate status and the opportunity to save credits and tuition by allowing graduate course work during the student’s senior undergraduate year.
Students should have completed the necessary undergraduate hours in their major to graduate at completion of their senior year, must demonstrate a 3.3 cumulative grade point average, and have earned at least a B in introductory psychology, human development and statistics course work by conclusion of their Junior Fall semester. Students must submit the Early Entry application no later than March 1 of their Junior year. For application information, please contact the Graduate School.
|M.Ed. Education & Psychological Foundations||33 credits|
|ED 617||Assessment & Management of the Learning Environment||3 cr|
|COUN 600||Introduction to Student Services & Educational Systems||3 cr|
|COUN 620||Human Development: Biological & Learned Bases of Behavior||3 cr|
|COUN 625||Social & Cultural Based 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 & Intervention||3 cr|
|COUN 682||Practicum in School Counseling||3 cr|
|SPSY 540||Learning Exceptionalities||3 cr|
|SPSY 640||Professional Issues, Ethics & Law||3 cr|
|SPSY 660||Consultation in School & Community Settings||3 cr|
|Education Specialist Component
|ED 610||Research in Education
|ED 612||Decision Making in Curriculum & Instruction||3 cr|
|ED 671||Cultural Leadership in a Multicultural Society
|COUN 570||Assessment in Counseling: Testing & Appraisal||3 cr|
|COUN 687||Internship in School Counseling (2 semesters)||6 cr|
|SPSY 650||Socialization & Development of Life Skills||3 cr|
|SPSY 688||Statistical Interpretation for School Program Evaluation||3 cr|
| Electives (choose two):
|ED 528||Foundations of Literacy Development||3 cr|
|COUN 575||Human Neuropsychology in Counseling & School Settings||3 cr|
|COUN 635||Introduction to Psychopathology||3 cr|
|COUN 665||Family Counseling & 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|
Criteria For Admission:
In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to The Graduate School, applicants should note the following requirements for both the M.Ed. and Ed.S. components of the program:
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.
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.
As part of the application process, students must provide:
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable graduate tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $560 per credit hour, highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality. Full-time graduate students pay a $183 general fee each fall and spring semester. Part-time graduate students pay a $100 general fee each fall and spring semester. Financial aid is available through student loans. Most students are employed part- or full- time in social service and school settings in the surrounding community during their graduate study.
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