With a strong background in human growth and development, as well as communication skills, counselors assist clients in developing cognitive, emotional and behavioral strengths.
The majority of candidates prepare for a career in school counseling. School counselors develop and manage comprehensive counseling programs, provide individual and small group counseling and classroom guidance, and consult and collaborate with parents, teachers and administrators in order to help students be successful in school.
Other M.Ed in Counseling candidates prepare for careers in addictions counseling or working with children and adolescents in the community. Still others pursue careers in higher education.
The counseling program offers training to become a registered play therapist as recognized by the Association for Play Therapy.
Graduates can pursue licensure as licensed clinical professional counselors in Kansas or the other 48 states that license professional counselors.
The M.Ed in Counseling meets the basic core requirements for future licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas.
The following must be met for admission to the degree program Master of Education in Counseling.
• A minimum GPA of 3.00 on the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree.
• Evidence of completion of nine (9) hours of undergraduate psychology plus six (6) additional hours in the behavioral sciences. No specific undergraduate degree is required.
• Students with no teaching license who plan to become licensed school counselors must complete the approved school counselor program and master’s degree requirements, as well as complete two 3-credit hour field experiences over the course of two semesters.
• Students who plan to become licensed school counselors must have a Kansas professional teaching license or have a master’s degree in counseling, three years of counseling experience, and meet the requirements for a conditional license.
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