Master of Science in School Counseling
The Master of Science in School Counseling program is designed primarily to provide students the theoretical knowledge and training to be certified as K-8, 7-12 or K-12 school counselors. Students are equipped with the skills, knowledge, experience and personal growth that empower them to pursue careers as school counselors.
Candidates for the Master of School in Counseling degree will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:
- Psychological theories related to human growth and development and personality
- The effects of human diversity on learning and development within the context of a global society and a diverse community of families
- The principles of measurement and assessment, for both individual and group approaches
- Career development and personal planning processes across the lifespan and methods of assisting learners in career exploration, goal setting, decision-making and planning
- Classroom guidance methods and techniques
- Development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive guidance program that provides responsive counseling services to all learners in the school community
- A personal philosophy of Judeo-Christian ethics that reflects an integration of biblical principles with psychology, counseling and a personal faith
- A commitment to lifelong improvement as professionals through reading, research, reflection, development of professional relationships and continued adherence to the ethical, legal and professional principles of the school counseling profession
School Counseling Certificate Program
Evangel also offers a “Certification Only” option for those who already have a Master’s degree in education, psychology or an approved related field and are not seeking a degree in school counseling. This program option completes all course requirements needed for school counseling certification in Missouri. The number of required courses for certification will depend on what a student is allowed to transfer.
Financial aid is not available for those seeking certification only. Once a student has enrolled and/or a plan has been filed with the state, students will be expected to complete remaining course work at Evangel.
Licensed Professional Counselor Certification
If a student intends to pursue LPC certification in addition to the Master of Science in School Counseling, the following courses are required:
- Assessment Course
- Psychopathology Course
- Diverse Populations Course
To be certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), the following class will be needed beyond the requirements for the School Counseling certification:
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology – PSY 506 (spring course offering)
LPC certification also requires 3,000 supervised hours of clinical or school counseling experience, and the LPC examination.
Contact us today if you are interested in finding out how our counseling graduate programs stand out compared to other school counseling programs in Springfield.
Program Plan (pdf)
|Want to see exactly what classes you will take? The Program Plan (sometimes called a degree sheet) includes all specific requirements - including University proficiencies, Frameworks courses and degree requirements.|
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
The Master of Science in School Counseling requires 45 credit hours. Below is a sample of the classes you will take. For a full list of the course requirements, see the Program Plan (pdf).
|Foundations of Guidance and Counseling||The philosophy, functions, and role of guidance in the educational program. Problems, responsibilities, and organization of guidance in elementary, middle, and secondary schools give impetus to identify and serve the needs of young people. Presents counseling and assessment aspects of the guidance program.|
|Advanced Developmental Psychology||Designed to study the developmental process from prenatal through adolescence. Various theories and stages of development are presented. Application of developmental theories to child and adolescent psychopathology and the counseling/therapy process is explored.|
|Research Methods and Statistics||Overview of basic research processes and the skills necessary to develop and conduct graduate research projects. Addresses issues related to the philosophy of science and the development role of scientific inquiry research along with specific issues related to research design.|
|Professional Orientation and Ethics||Introduces the field of counseling and therapy, focusing on the topics of ethics, professionalism, legal issues and responsibilities.|
|Psychology of the Middle School Student||Provides the psychological foundation relevant to appreciating and comprehending the diversity of the middle school age group.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
- K-8, 7-12 or K-12 school counselor
- Official Miller Analogies Test (MAT) results
- Interview with faculty committee
The following are general requirements for all students beginning a program at Evangel. Applicants who have met the following criteria will be considered for admission to the Graduate Studies program:
- Hold an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or be accepted into an Evangel University 5-year BS/MS degree program.
- Have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or last two years as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student.
- Provide official results of required entrance examinations.
- Meet specific departmental requirements as stipulated in the individual program descriptions.
If you have any questions about admissions requirements for Evangel’s Graduate Studies program, don’t hesitate to call 417-865-2815 (ext. 7229) or email our Graduate Studies Admissions Counselor.