Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling

Program Overview

School Counseling prepares students to work as school counselors in K-12 public and private school systems. It leads to a school counselor endorsement or a school counselor license in Michigan. Students accepted into the M.Ed. in school counseling must have completed coursework in their undergraduate degree in school learning, and classroom management or coursework in these areas will be required as part of their planned program.

Interested in this program? Apply now or contact the College of Education's Student Information and Services Center for additional information at 616-331-6650 or coeserve@gvsu.edu.

Program Faculty

  • Shawn Bultsma
  • Judy Stearns Williams

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Courses

Pre/Co-Requisite Courses - For students without undergraduate coursework in these areas (6 credits):

  • EDF 650 Classroom Management (K-12)
  • EDF 653 School Learning

Social Foundation Courses – Select one (3 credits):

  • EDF 671 Educational Policy and Practice
  • EDF 672 Social/Cultural Foundations of Education

Research Foundation Course (Prerequisite to EDC 693/695) (3 credits):

  • EDF 660 Educational Inquiry and Evaluation

Emphasis Area Courses (*Prerequisite to Internship) (21 credits):

  • EDC 621 The Profession of School Counseling (Pre-req. for EDC 623 & EDC 625)
  • EDC 623 Personal/Social Development
  • EDC 625 Academic Development
  • EDC 649 Career Development
  • EDC 651 School Counseling Curriculum and Techniques*
  • EDI 635 Development and Needs of Students
  • SW 600 Cultural Competency for Social Work (May substitute EDF 672 or EDF 633)

Internship (Completed in 1 or 2 semesters) (6 credits):

  • EDC 685 Internship in School Counseling (May take EDC 625 with 1st 3 credits)

Capstone – Select one (3 or 6 credits):

  • EDC 693: 01 Master’s Project
  • EDC 695: 01 Master’s Thesis

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Requirement (0 credits):

  • Epigeum RCR Training – Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Descriptions

EDC 621 - The Profession of School Counseling This course provides students with an introduction to the profession of school counseling and is the first course in the program sequence. The philosophy, principles, and theories of school counseling are taught including national standards and related ethical and legal issues. At least 15 supervised practicum hours must be completed in a school counseling setting. Offered at least once a year. Credits: 3

EDC 623 - Personal/Social Development This course provides students who intend to work as school counselors with knowledge and practice in developmental counseling appropriate for children within elementary, middle, and high schools. The process of consultation with teachers, parents, and support personnel is taught. At least 20 supervised practicum hours must be completed in a school counseling setting. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: EDC 621. Credits: 3

EDC 625 - Academic Development This course provides the student with strategies to support academic success of children in schools. It includes the acquisition of skills in decision-making, problem solving, and goal setting, critical thinking, logical reasoning, and interpersonal communication with an emphasis on small group counseling. At least 20 supervised practicum hours must be completed to support academic development. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: EDC 621. Credits: 3

EDC 649 - Career Development This course examines the principles and processes involved in supporting career development. Students will explore a variety of theories, philosophies, and programs related to career development and its role in kindergarten through postsecondary educational settings. School counseling candidates must complete at least 20 supervised practicum hours to demonstrating educational development planning. Offered at least once a year. Credits: 3

EDC 651 - School Counseling Curriculum and Techniques This course is a study of the school counseling process. It includes basic principles related to assessing, interviewing, listening, communicating, assisting, and referring students. Emphasis is placed on school counseling core curriculum in affecting the positive mental health of students. At least 25 practicum hours are incorporated through counseling skills recordings and reflections. Offered at least once a year. Credits: 3

EDC 680 - Special Topics in School Counseling Study of selected topics in education. Offered upon sufficient demand. Credits: 1 to 3

EDC 685 - Internship in School Counseling A 600-hour, field-based learning experience in schools designed to provide comprehensive practice for school counseling candidates over one or two semesters. Each internship must be approved by the faculty coordinator/advisor. An internship seminar will meet weekly to provide university supervision. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisites: EDC 621, EDC 623, EDC 649, EDC 651, and EDC 625 (EDC 625 may serve as a corequisite). Credits: 3 to 6

EDC 693 - Master’s Project The student identifies a problem, reviews literature, creates a product based on applicable literature, research or theory that addresses the problem, and develops a plan for implementation and evaluation. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: 27 credit hours; EDF 660; application required (application deadline: fall - 5/15; winter - 9/15; spring/summer - 2/15), and completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research Training within last three years. Credits: 3

EDC 695 - Master’s Thesis Involves either theoretical research or empirical research that identifies an issue or question, reviews literature, designs a study, gathers and analyzes data or evidence, and presents interpretations or conclusions. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: 27 credit hours; EDF 660; application required, and completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research Training within last three years. Credits: 3

EDC 696 - Continuation of Master’s Project or Thesis Research Continuation of work related to the master’s project or thesis phase of the graduate student’s program. Registration is required after all respective project or thesis credits are completed and the project or thesis is not completed. Work will be performed under the supervision of the project advisor or thesis committee chair. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: Completion of all required project or thesis credits and completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research Training within last three years. Credits: 1

EDC 699 - Independent Study in School Counseling Individual study of a theoretical or applied problem in education. Offered each semester. Prerequisites: Consent of advisor and demonstrated ability to pursue special study or investigation proposed. Credits: 1 to 3



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