Master of Education School Counseling

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Today’s elementary, middle and high school students struggle with more issues than ever. With a Master of Education School Counseling, you will be prepared to adequately serve youth with the professional tools necessary to assist with social, academic and family situations.


This 56 hour program is fully online except for clinical training which will be held on the Montgomery campus. If proof of a previous background check was not provided in the admissions process it must be completed before beginning practicum and internship. For certification, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in all “COU” coursework. Additionally for certification, a passing score must be achieved on the Praxis II before beginning the internship (5421 with passing score of 151).


Course Requirements

  • COU 6311 Introduction to School CounselingThis course is the foundation course for those planning to enter the school counseling profession. The course covers organization, planning, management, and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs; appropriate roles and functions of school counselors at various school levels, coordination of professional services; and professional issues such as ethics and associations as they specifically relate to school counseling are included.COU 6310 Counseling TheoriesThis course of study provides a broad understanding of professional theories and application to the counseling process, including roles and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; ethical and legal standards; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing for the counseling professions. Individual and systemic approaches to counseling are discussed.COU 6320 Life Span DevelopmentThis course is an introduction to the basic principles of human development with a focus on development across the lifespan. We will consider developmental challenges and the counseling applications of human development theory and research. Human development occurs in critical contexts, such as family themes and traditions, a person’s race, ethnicity, religion and factors such as poverty, loss, developmental and physical trauma and access to resources. This course provides counseling students with a foundation from which to conceptualize and apply developmental theory and research.COU 6325 Career and Guidance CounselingThis course includes a study of career development theories and guidance models, the processes involved in career decision-making, the diverse life-roles and their interaction in educational and vocational settings for mental health and school counselors. Students will utilize technology and market information resources to assist in career choice and will participate in career and guidance inventories and the discussion of contemporary and multicultural issues in the counseling professions.

    COU 6360 Measurement and Assessment

    Introduction to the history and theory of measurement and assessment as it applies to mental health and school counselors. This course will be tailored to students who may interact with other professionals across a wide range of settings include schools, universities, hospitals, and community mental health centers. Norming, validity, reliability, standard error of measure and other psychometric properties are discussed.

    COU 6330 Counseling Diverse Populations

    This course will introduce the history and development of counseling individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures in mental health and school settings. Identity development, issues of social justice and client advocacy in multicultural context are covered. Professional issues such as ethics, research, development and theories of counseling will also be discussed.

    COU 6335 Child and Adolescent Counseling

    This course prepares school and mental health counselors to address the specific needs of children and adolescents, with emphasis on developmental needs, specific therapeutic interventions, and common emotional issues. Group and individual counseling techniques and treatment planning are included.

    COU 6350 Group Counseling

    This course provides a graduate-level understanding of group development, dynamics and counseling theories. Leadership styles, basic and advanced methods of conducting groups in mental-health and school settings are also discussed. Including ethical and multicultural issues in the group context.

    COU 6355 Crisis Intervention for the Counseling Professions

    This course will teach the development of skills and knowledge for crisis intervention and management in counseling, including prevention planning, intervention strategies and evaluation. Risk factors and warning signs of students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders are discussed. Suicide intervention and prevention will also be covered.

    COU 6375 Legal and Ethical Issues

    This course is an in-depth graduate-level study of the theories and principles of ethical and moral development and the impact of these upon individuals, families, communities, professional, and public decisions/policies for professional and school counselors. The study will also exam the relevant dilemmas faced in the delivery of professional behavioral, family, and social services to individuals, families, and groups in mental-health and school settings.

    COU 6385 Substance Abuse

    The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive examination of substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation; focusing on various treatment approaches, treatment settings, and types of counseling to include an overview of individual, group and family techniques. The concept that alcohol abuse is a continuum from intervention through continuing care is emphasized. This course acquaints the student with evidence based theories, models, stages and functions of alcohol and drug abuse treatment. The counselor’s role in treatment is addressed.

    COU 6390 Counseling Practicum

    This course is designed to provide a 100-hour intensive practical experience in a school setting. School Counseling students will be placed in a secondary school. Historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological foundations of school counseling will also be discussed.

    COU 6595 Clinical Training for School Counselors

    This course serves as the on-campus portion of the school-counseling program. Students will engage in lecture, experiential learning, and didactic skills training. This course also includes a field experience expectation in local secondary schools.

    COU 6995 Internship in Counseling

    This course is a 600-hour intensive pre-professional experience designed to culminate the studies in the school-counseling program and to prepare you for working in a secondary school system. School counseling students will be placed in secondary schools.

    FED 6342 Multicultural Education

    This course provides an overview of culture in school learning. Candidates will examine culture and link students’ cultural and experiential backgrounds to classroom instruction.

    FED 6380 Action Research

    This course provides the graduate students with the opportunities to review action research literature, explore both quantitative and qualitative paradigms in action research, and develop basic skills in action research methodology. Candidates will select contemporary issues in education including transforming schools, character development, and student assessment in all content areas as the basis of their research. Candidates will identify a problem, develop a strategic plan of action, implement the plan, evaluate the plan, and reflect on the results of the evaluation and research process.

    PY 6325 Advanced Educational Psychology

    This is an advanced study of the cognitive process and the psychological foundations of educational practice and research. Emphasis is given to the principles for the development of cognitive skills and conditions of learning.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students enrolling in the Master of Education School Counseling program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Completed graduate application
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; you must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Passing scores on the MAT (at least 370) or GRE (at least 280). Exam results cannot be more than five years old and must be forwarded directly to Faulkner from the testing service.
  • Three letters of recommendation with specific comments regarding the applicant’s academic work, professional experience and ability to successfully complete graduate study. The letters are usually from the applicant’s faculty members or supervisory personnel.
  • A goal statement (approximately 600 words) specifying the applicant’s personal goals for their professional development as a school counselor and future employment in the field. The statement should include a rationale for attending Faulkner University to help reach their goals as well as a description of previous professional experience and how that experience will support them in the program and professional field of counseling.
  • Valid class A or B Alabama teaching certificate
  • Completed form from principal or other school official verifying 2 years of full-time acceptable professional educational work experience
  • Proof of criminal background check (if one already has been completed, if not please refer to the academics section for further instruction).

To Apply

    1. Submit a completed online application.
    2. Complete and print the Official Transcript Request form and submit it to all previously attended schools with the appropriate fee.
    3. Send all additional items via mail to:

    Faulkner University
    Attn: Graduate Enrollment
    5345 Atlanta Hwy
    Montgomery, AL 36109

Tuition and Fees

2019-2020 Financial Information

Tuition $550 per semester hour
Eagle I Initiative Fee $100 per semester ($50 if 3 hours or less)
Registration Fee $120 per semester ($60 if 3 hours or less)
Online Course Fee $60 per semester hour
Emergency Response Fee $10 per semester, if at least one course is on campus
Applicable Course Fees see full tuition and fee schedule



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