Master of Science in Counseling
The Master of Science in Counseling is designed to train counselors dedicated to providing holistic and ethical Professional Counseling. The EU Counseling program allows students to choose one of two tracks- either Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling.
Evangel is a testing site for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and eligible students may sit for the NCE prior to graduation. Evangel graduates have a high pass rate on the NCE.
- Integration of Christian values and principles as a foundation for ethical practice
- Courses taught by faculty who are expert practitioners in the field of school and/or mental health counseling
- Integration of theory and practical application throughout coursework
- Preparation of students to become licensed professional counselors and/or certified school counselors in the state of Missouri
- Optional service learning opportunities in Kenya
Clinical Mental Health Counseling SpecialtyThis program provides students with theoretical and practical training necessary to work in a variety of mental health settings. Settings include community mental health, private practices, medical facilities, substance abuse programs, correctional facilities and more.
School Counseling SpecialtyThis program prepares graduates to be effective school counselors who serve students and families in public and private school communities. By completing extra electives, students may earn an additional certification as a School Psychological Examiner. Completion of coursework satisfies specific course requirements for a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Missouri.
School Psychological Examiner CertificationStudents pursuing this certification must possess a valid teaching or student services certificate in addition to a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, School Counseling or Education. Upon completion of the certification, students are able to work as psychological examiners or diagnosticians in a school setting serving all ages, including special education, gifted education and Missouri Scholars Academy applicants. Students completing coursework for a Evangel’s school counseling specialty usually are able to obtain this certification by completing an additional three classes, pending transcript reviews.
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 Counseling requires 60 credit hours. Below is a sample of the classes you will take. For a full list of courses, see the Program Plan (pdf).
|Mental Health Foundations or School Counseling Foundations||The Mental Health Foundations course provides an introduction to professional issues in clinical mental health counseling. Topics include the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, the professional identity and role of the clinical mental health counselor, the public and private practice of mental health counseling as well as crisis intervention and general framework of consultation. Students will be challenged to consider the role of their Christian faith and life experiences as a foundation for a personal call to clinical mental health counseling. The School Counseling Foundations course provides students with 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.|
|Integration of Christianity and Counseling Profession||This course is designed to facilitate the student's integration of the Christian faith with professional counseling practice at the personal, theoretical, and pragmatic level. This course will address the application of spiritual disciplines to facilitate personal spiritual growth. Students will engage in thoughtful discourse to integrate Christian theology with the science of psychology and counseling. A theistic model for counseling will be explored in conjunction with the application of spiritual assessments and spiritually focused interventions.|
|Counseling Skills||This course is designed to expose the student to theoretical and practical helping skills necessary for clinical practice in a multicultural society. It is a didactic and experiential course aimed at the developmental process of "becoming a counselor". Helping skills include core communication and listening skills, diagnostic interviewing, crisis intervention, basic treatment planning, and basic assessments. Role plays will be the context for skill development as well as fostering the student's self-awareness.|
|Counseling Theories||This course examines the major classical and contemporary theories of counseling and psychotherapy. It provides an overview and evaluation of major approaches practiced in the counseling psychology field, including historical antecedents and significant theorists representing these approaches. Each theory is critically examined for its key theoretical constructs, personality formation, development of pathology, therapeutic processes (what produces change/healing), the nature of the client-therapist relationship, and its effectiveness. The purpose of this examination is to move students towards a personal model of therapy that reflects and integrates the present research regarding points of convergence and their own philosophy of life or worldview.|
|Social and Cultural Diversity||This course is designed to challenge students to become ethical, effective, and multicultural competent counselors. Multicultural thinking is seen as an ongoing developmental process. Emphasis is placed on three dimensions of multicultural competence: (1) awareness of one's own cultures, biases, and values (2) knowledge of others' cultures and (3) skills in counseling, as supported by relevant research, commitment to continuing education, supervision, and advocating for and with diverse populations.|
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.
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors
- K-8 and/or 7-12 school counselor
- Addiction Treatment Centers
- Church or para church Counseling Centers
- Community Mental Health Centers
- Correctional Facilities
- Non-Profit Agencies
- Private Practice
- State regulations regarding the number of academic courses and practicum/internship hours.
- The state accreditation requirements for educational institutions.
- 9 pre-requisite credits in Psychology (earned grade of B- or better)
- Undergraduate course in statistics (earned grade of B- or better)
- APA writing sample
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.
- 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.