Master of Arts and Certificate Programs in School Counseling

  • For teachers: Master of Arts (MA) and Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and School Counselor Endorsement
  • For Non-teachers: Master of Arts (MA) & Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) & School Counselor License 

School Counseling

Director: Jocelyn Bennett-Garraway, Ph.D., LPC
Office: 246 Reno Hall
McNichols Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-1227
Fax. (313) 578-0507
E-mail: begarrjm@udmercy.edu 

Master of Arts (MA) and Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and School Counselor Endorsement

For teachers:

Inquire about UDM's 60% tuition remission for Michigan educators. Contact: Theresa Carson

This program offers training to certified teachers interested in working within a school setting as school counselors or guidance directors or in other related capacities as well as to teachers that are interested in school counseling principles. Coursework emphasizes counseling theory, assessment practices, counseling skills and issues specifically related to school counseling.

After the completion of 39 credit hours and successfully passing the Michigan Guidance Counselor Test, students can become eligible to begin employment as a school counselor through the Preliminary Authorization to Work program designed for school counselors. Students then have 3 years to complete their remaining coursework. Individuals are eligible for both professional licensure as a counselor within the state of Michigan and the School Counselor Endorsement through the Michigan Department of Education. The 48 credit hour program generally requires 2-3 years to complete.

This program offers training for certified teachers planning to work in a school setting as school counselors, guidance directors, pupil personnel directors, or teachers interested in school counseling principles. This 48 credit hour program will qualify students for the School Counselor Endorsement from the State of Michigan, Department of Education.

Degree Requirements

3 credits each (except where indicated)

CNS 5000 Research Methods in Counseling
CNS 5020 Counseling anf Human Development
CNS 5120* Counseling Theories & Process
CNS 5320 Counseling Special Populations
CNS 5350* Guidance Principles & Practices
CNS 5360 Counseling Services: Organization & Administration
CNS 5380* Vocational Development & Career Assessment
CNS 5390* Counseling Skills
CNS 5400* Testing & Evaluation
CNS 5410* School Counseling: Principles & Practices
CNS 5430* Group Dynamics & Procedures in Counseling
CNS 5450* School Counseling: Strategies & Interventions
CNS 5470 Mental Health and Consultation in Schools                                                                         CNS 5850* Counseling Practicum
CNS 5910 Research Seminar in Counseling
CNS 6040* Internship in Counseling

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Total: 48 credits

See also: *School Counselor Endorsement - 30 cr. minimum

Master of Arts (MA) & Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) & School Counselor License

For Non-teachers

The MA School Counseling - School Counselor License program is available to those who do not possess a teaching certificate but who are interested in working within a school setting as school counselors or guidance directors or in other related capacities. Coursework emphasizes counseling theory, assessment practices, counseling skills and issues specifically related to school counseling. In order to be eligible for the School Counselor License, individuals must have a Master's degree in School Counseling and take three additional education courses or have a non-school counseling Master's degree (Community/Addiction Studies) and take two school counseling courses, three additional education courses, and complete an internship in school counseling.

After the completion of 39 credit hours and successfully passing the Michigan Guidance Counselor Test, students can become eligible to begin employment as a school counselor through the Preliminary Authorization to Work program designed for school counselors. Students then have 3 years to complete their remaining coursework. Individuals are eligible for both professional licensure as a counselor within the state of Michigan and the School Counselor Endorsement through the Michigan Department of Education. The 57 credit hour program generally requires 2-3 years to complete.

See also: *Post-Graduate School Counselor Certification - 18 cr.

What our Graduates have Said:

Now I know why UDM's School Counseling program is so well-regarded in the field!

The School Counseling program helped me to grow personally and professionally, and as a result, I was hired before I completed my internship.

Even with the downsizing of schools in the region, my peers and I had little problems becoming employed--this says it all about UDM's Counseling program!