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Master of Science in Counseling

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Master of Science in Counseling

Program Description

The Counselor Education program is a Master’s degree program that provides a generalist education and training for individuals interested in working as counselors in a variety of settings. The program is designed for working adults; all courses are offered in the evening, on weekends, or online.

All students complete a core set of classes and then choose one or more specializations to focus their academic training. Counselor Education training prepares students to work in schools, community mental health centers, private counseling practice, state agencies, hospitals, not-for-profit agencies, and corporations. Depending on specialization, graduating students are licensed, certified, or have met the educational requirements to seek certification/licensure in their desired field(s) of practice.

Option 1: Mental Health Counseling

The Mental Health Counseling track provides a graduate with the coursework needed to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Iowa. Students specializing in Mental Health Counseling tailor their training through practica and internship experiences. Upon completion of the program students obtain supervised clinical work and employment in a wide variety of settings: community mental health centers, substance abuse treatment centers, employee/student assistant programs, hospitals, residential treatment centers, and group practices.

The mission of the Mental Health Counseling program is to provide for the education and training of counseling professionals who will work to alleviate distress and dysfunction and improve the lives of clients in the community. To this end we will offer degree programs, provide university and community services, and conduct research collaboratively to design and provide a broad and practical training program. Graduates of the mental health program will possess a broad knowledge base and skill-set in mental health counseling and will be prepared to become accomplished professionals in the field.

The Code of Ethics for Mental Health Counseling is found in the Code of Iowa, chapter 154D; Iowa Administrative Code, Chapters 30-34.

The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics

Option 2: Rehabilitation Counseling

The Rehabilitation Counseling track provides a graduate with the coursework needed to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Graduates pursue careers in public and not-for-profit rehabilitation agencies, as well as the medical field. Careers in for-profit rehabilitation include private practice, insurance rehabilitation, legal testimony, and consulting.

The mission of the Rehabilitation Counselor Education program is to support activities that improve the lives of people with disabilities. To this end, we will offer degree programs, provide university and community services, and conduct research on issues related to rehabilitation. Close collaboration will occur between the program, students, rehabilitation providers, and consumers to insure a well-rounded and practical learning experience. Students will graduate from the Rehabilitation Counselor Education program having met all the competencies necessary to become a highly qualified rehabilitation professional.

The Code of Ethics for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors

Option 3: School Counseling

The School Counseling track of the Masters of Science in Counseling contains coursework that provides graduates with the opportunity to become a licensed school counselor in the State of Iowa at either the elementary or secondary level. Most of the School Counseling graduates pursue careers as counselors in a secondary or elementary school setting. Others obtain positions in Area Education Agencies or related educational environments. Graduates find employment in all types of schools in the State of Iowa.

The mission of the School Counseling program is to prepare exceptional school counseling professionals who strive to improve the lives of people in the school community. To this end we will offer degree program, provide university and community services, and conduct research on issues related to school counseling. Faculty, students, and staff will work collaboratively with children, adolescents, families and schools to provide a comprehensive and diverse learning experience that is both educationally and personally challenging. We expect that our graduates, through direct intervention, collaboration, research, advocacy and leadership, will be proficient and excel in identifying and removing the barriers that impede equal access to educational and career opportunities for all students.

The Code of Ethics for School Counselors

4. Admission Requirements: (previous degrees, exams, etc)

1. Complete and submit a Drake Graduate Admission Application.

2. Submit the $25.00 application fee (prior applicants who have previously paid the fee are not required to do so again)

3. Submit official transcripts for ALL undergraduate and graduate coursework from EVERY institution attended (even if a degree was not received and/or the information appears on another transcript). Please request all transcripts be sent directly from the institutions to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below. Drake transcripts do not need to be requested.

4. Submit current professional resume or curriculum vitae

5. Submit a brief, typed explanation of what program you intend to pursue and why. (Applicants to the Master of Science in Education in Education Leadership, Specialist in Education in Education Leadership, Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Science in Rehabilitation Administration and Master of Science in Rehabilitation Placement programs, please see Program Specific Requirements below.)

6. Achieve the following Grade Point Average (GPA) criteria*

  • Undergraduate GPA = 2.50 (cumulative)
    AND
  • Graduate GPA = 3.00 (cumulative), if applicable
    *Students who do not meet the above mentioned GPA requirements may contact the Office of Graduate Admission for additional information.

7. Submission of two (2) professional letters of recommendation

8. Testing Requirement options: There are three testing options available to applicants.Only one of the three tests listed below needs to be completed successfully to satisfy the testing requirement. Test scores must be from within the last 5 years.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - Minimum Required Scores:
    Verbal = 400 and Quantitative = 460
    OR
    Minimum Analytical Writing score of 4.0
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - Minimum Required Score of 36 if the test was taken prior to October 1, 2004 or a score of 389 if the test was taken after October 1, 2004.
  • Drake Writing Competency Test (DWRT) - Achievement of acceptable results from the Drake Writing Competency Test administered and developed by the School of Education.

9. Statement of Interest in the Counseling program. The statement of interest in an integral part of a student's application. This statement provides the Counseling, Rehabilitation Administration, and Rehabilitation Placement program information about who you are, your goals and aspirations. It also demonstrates your writing proficiency, communication skills and organizational abilities. Therefore, both content and format of your essay are important. Your statement must not exceed five double-spaced, typewritten pages.

Please include the following information in your statement: educational and professional background, career aspirations with a counseling degree, experience working with people who are different from you and personal characteristics that will allow you to be a successful graduate student.

* All Counseling programs - Applicants interested in admission to the Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Science Rehabilitation Administration and Master of Science Rehabilitation Placement programs must submit all application materials by March 1 to be considered for admission to the fall term or September 1 to be considered for admission to the spring term.

The department will review applications completed by the deadline, and from those applications, they will choose applicants to be interviewed. Selections for open positions will be made after those interviews are complete.

Admission Policy for Graduate Work (Effective fall 2008)

Students may take up to two courses or 6 hours of graduate credit before admission to a graduate program. After two courses or 6 hours, students must be admitted, or further registration will not be possible.

Any waiver must be requested by an advisor of a specific program and approved by the Associate Dean.

5. Graduation Requirements:

Number of Credit Hours required:

Option 1: Mental Health Counseling
The track consists of 60 credit hours. Students typically take 6 hours each semester and complete the degree in 2.5 to 3 years.

Option 2: Rehabilitation Counseling
The track consists of 63 credit hours. Students typically take 6 hours each semester and complete the degree in 3 years.

Option 3: School Counseling
51-hour program for students already certified as teachers in Iowa. Students not certified as teachers will be required to complete 6 additional credit hours of course work to prepare them to work as a school counselor. Students typically enroll in 6 credit hours each semester and complete the degree in 2 years.

Required Courses:

Core Courses:
COUN 200: Introduction to Counseling
COUN 201: Educational Research in Counseling
COUN 215: Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Counseling
COUN 220: Career Development and Occupational Information
COUN 221: Methods of Counseling
COUN 224: Assessment of Individuals and Families
COUN 225: Human Development and Life Issues
COUN 228: Psychopathology and Psychiatric Disabilities
COUN 236: Group Procedures
COUN 240: Theoretical Foundations of Family Counseling
COUN 245: Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Diversity
COUN 260: Counseling Practicum
COUN 270: Advanced Practicum

Option 1: Mental Health Counseling
COUN 244: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
COUN 291: Internship (9 credit hours)
COUN 298: Ethics for Counselors
Counseling Electives (6 credit hours)

Option 2: Rehabilitation Counseling
COUN 210: Disability Policy and the A.D.A.
COUN 233: Human Resources Field Work
COUN 246: Medical and Vocational Aspects of Disability
COUN 265: Advanced Placement
COUN 275: Consultation OR COUN 278: Assistive Technology
COUN 292: Internship (9 credit hours)

Option 3: School Counseling
COUN 243: Comprehensive School Counseling Programming
COUN 290: Internship

Additional Courses (for those not yet licensed as teachers)
COUN 295: Classroom Management and Teaching for Counselors
SPED 220: Exceptional Children

* Other Requirements (experiential, exams, thesis, etc.)

Option 1: Mental Health Counseling
Licensure requirements for the Mental Health Counselors in the State of Iowa can be found at the following website: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/licensure/and then select Behavioral Sciences.

Option 2: Rehabilitation Counseling
Certification requirements for Rehabilitation Counselors can be found at the following website: http://www.crccertification.com

Option 3: School Counseling
The licensure requirements for the School Counselor endorsements can be found at the following website: http://www.state.ia.us/boee/addition.html#c and then scroll down to section 172.

Drake University offers a 42 credit hour certification program for individuals who already possess a Master’s degree and are interested in becoming a school counselor or who already have a school counseling degree and are wanting to acquire additional endorsements (elementary or secondary guidance). Students interested in pursuing the certification program should work with their advisor to determine if this is an appropriate option and the coursework they need to complete.

  • Any limitations and special policies (eg., gpa requirement, or requirements that students take certain courses at Drake):
  • GPA: Maintain a 3.0 or higher
  • Courses must be completed with a “C” or better; the cumulative grade point, however, must be a 3.0 or better.
  • Only 10 hours of graduate work may be transferred in from an accredited university.
  • Transfer and endorsement courses must be advisor approved.
  • Courses transferred in are transferred as TR (no grade) and do not effect the Drake GPA.
  • Transferred coursework must be at a B level or better.
  • Transfer credits earned before admission are counted on the following scale:
  • Courses taken 0-5 years before admission are transferred in as full credit.
  • Courses taken 6-10 years before admission are transferred in as ½ credit.
  • Courses over 10 years old are not accepted.
  • Courses that are accepted must relate to the program of study.
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