Program Requirements

Program Requirements for Master of School Counseling (MSE)

Degree Requirements
At QU, we realize that you're investing more than tuition dollars. Your time is valuable, and that's why we've designed the Counseling degree with your individual needs and requirements in mind.

Your 60-credit hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling and 48-credit hour School Counseling curriculum includes a 30-credit hour core, additional credit hours in your area of emphasis, and 9 credit hours in clinical experiences. A grade point average of 3.0 is required, and students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to complete the program.

Classes normally meet one evening each week for three to four hours, and most students complete two courses each semester, including summer session. At this pace, you could expect to complete the program in approximately three years.

30 hours of core coursework:
MEC 500, MEC 512, MEC 513, MEC 516, MEC 517, MEC 520, MEC 521, MEC 526, MEC 527, and MEC 528

Courses specifically required for the School Counseling emphasis:
MEC 555, MEC 556, MEC 580, and MEC 590 (6 hours) plus 3 hours of electives (Typically MEC 531 or other elective approved by advisor)

Courses specifically required for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling emphasis:
MEC 542, MEC 545, MEC 546, MEC 580, and MEC 581 (6 hours) plus 12 hours of electives (approved by advisor)

These courses comprise the required core:

  • Professional Orientation, Legal, and Ethical Issuesin Counseling
  • Social and Cultural Issues
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Group Dynamics and Counseling
  • Counseling Theory
  • Lifestyle and Career Counseling
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Couples, Marriage, and Family Dynamics
  • Appraisal of the Individual
  • Research Design and Statistics

You'll choose electives based on your area of emphasis
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Psychopathology
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • 12 Credit hours of Elective Courses
  • Practicum
  • Internship

School Counseling

  • Counseling Children & Adolescents
  • Counseling and Consulting in the Schools I
  • Counseling and Consulting in the Schools II
  • Practicum
  • Internship

To support professional growth and development, evaluation of dispositions is an ongoing process. Dispositional feedback will be provided throughout enrollment in the program.

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