Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

Area of Social Learning

Updated Fall 2013

The mission of the counseling program aligns with the College mission (“As a Christian liberal arts college, Milligan College seeks to honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders”) and objectives by preparing men and women to pursue licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors or as Licensed School Counselors.

Because Milligan is a Christian college, part of the required coursework includes an ongoing discussion and examination of the theoretical and practical aspects of the integration of faith and learning. Students in the counseling program should demonstrate a sense of ministry through their knowledge of counseling and their willingness to use their knowledge in service and ministry to others.

The School Counseling tracks (Tracks One and Two) are either a two-year, 48 credit hour curriculum (for those students who are already licensed teachers) or a two-year 54 credit hour curriculum (for those students who are not licensed teachers). The curricula consist of 27 credit hours in core courses in human behavior and development, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas; 9 credit hours of clinical experience (practicum and internship); and 12 hours in courses involving counseling and assessment of children and adolescents and other issues specific to educational settings. Those students who are not licensed teachers complete 6 additional hours in curriculum methods and education of exceptional students.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track (Track Three) is a two-year, 60 credit hour curriculum that consists of 42 credit hours of required coursework in human behavior and development, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas; 9 credit hours of clinical experience (practicum and internships); and 9 elective hours from selected topics such as crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, child sexual abuse, end of life issues, and physiological psychology and psychopharmacology.

The Master of Science in Counseling degree program supports the following goals of Milligan College:

Student Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes are expected to have been achieved upon completion of the curriculum and have been developed in support of the College’s overall mission and vision as a Christian liberal arts college. By the time of graduation from this curriculum, the student should:

  1. demonstrate professional-level knowledge and competencies necessary for practice as a professional counselor,
  2. display the ability to use appropriate research skills to investigate current developments in counseling and to improve counseling effectiveness,
  3. meet the academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor or as a school counselor,
  4. model excellence in social, personal, and professional ethics,
  5. demonstrate the ability to integrate counseling principles with a Christian worldview.

Library

The P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library is a vital gathering place for studying and learning. In addition to its collection of print and media resources that support all the College’s academic programs, the Library’s website serves as a portal to a wide array of high quality electronic information resources, accessible on- or off-campus, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Some key journal databases that Counseling students have access to through the Library website include PsycINFO, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, and PsycARTICLES. Qualified librarians are available to assist students with resource and research needs through in-person consults, telephone, or online reference services.

The Library is a participating member in the shared online catalog of the Appalachian College Association’s (ACA) Bowen Central Library of Appalachia. The Library also subscribes to WorldCat, an online catalog that gives Milligan students access, through the College’s  interlibrary loan service, to books, journal articles, and media from thousands of libraries worldwide.

Grade Requirements for Graduation

Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.0) to graduate from the MSC program.

Faculty Adviser

The nature of a cohort-based program minimizes the need for extensive and ongoing academic advising. However, it is recognized that questions related to such things as withdrawal, readmission, graduation requirements, and other academically related matters may arise. In the event of such questions, students should contact the Director of the Counseling program for assistance. The Director will either respond to students’ questions directly, or may forward  questions to others for response.

Counseling Tracks

Students in the Counseling program follow one of three tracks as they complete the program:  Track One is designed for candidates who are pursuing School Counseling but are not yet licensed teachers in the state of Tennessee.  Track Two is selected by those candidates who are already licensed teachers in Tennessee and who want to be School Counselors.  Track Three is offered for candidates who want to complete the educational requirements to become Licensed  Professional Counselors.

Track One - Candidates without Initial Teaching License

Core Courses (27 hours)

Required Clinical Experience (9 hours)

Required Courses for School Counseling Track (12 hours)

Additional Courses to Meet Licensure Standards

EDUC 530 Education of Exceptional Students (3 hrs)

Notes:  With this course sequence above only students without initial teaching licensure would take EDUC 530. Candidates without initial teaching licensure would take EDUC 520 or EDUC 576 to meet the following state requirement:

Professional school counselor candidates without prior teaching experience will have an additional orientation experience in a school as an early part of the preparation program. The orientation experience provides candidates the opportunity to observe, participate in, and analyze classroom instruction. The orientation provides the candidate with teaching experiences and feedback regarding the candidate’s teaching.

Track Two - Candidates with Initial Teaching License

Core Courses (27 hours)

Required Clinical Experience (9 hours)

Required Courses for School Counseling Track (12 hours)

Track Three - Clinical Counseling Concentration

Core Courses (27 hours)

Required Clinical Experience (9 hours)

Required Courses for Clinical Counseling Track (15 hours)

Electives (9 hours)

Course Rotation for Tracks One and Two

Fall of Year One

Total 9½ - 12½ hrs
**For students without teaching licensure only

Spring of Year One

Total 10½ - 13½ hrs
**For students without teaching licensure only

Summer of Year One

Total 3 - 6 hrs
**For students without teaching licensure only

Fall of Year Two

Total 9½ hrs

Spring of Year Two

Total 9½ hrs

Summer of Year Two

Total 6 hrs

Course Rotation for Track Three

Fall of Year One

Total 9½ hrs

Spring of Year One

Total 10½ hrs

Summer of Year One

Total 9 – 12 hrs

Fall of Year Two

Total 9½ hrs

Spring of Year Two

Total 9½ hrs

Summer of Year Two

Total 9 – 12 hrs

Certificate in Counseling Ministry

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry is a 19-hour curriculum that introduces students to basic knowledge about both secular and Christian perspectives on counseling and how these may be applied in a church-based setting. In addition, the program provides an introduction to psychopathology. To complete the curriculum, students choose elective hours that are the best fit for their settings and interests. The intent of this program is to prepare students to apply counseling theory and practice to ministry settings. Students are prepared for work in churches, mission agencies and other settings in which informal counseling and support groups are often provided.

The Certificate is designed to be a practical tool for congregational leaders and members who do not intend to seek licensure. The Certificate does not indicate that the recipient of the Certificate has professional expertise. Persons desiring expertise in counseling should complete the relevant advanced degree (e.g., M.S.C., M.Div., etc.) and fulfill all the additional licensure requirements of the State of Tennessee.

The purpose of the Certificate is to better prepare men and women who serve in leadership positions (both formal and informal) within congregations 1) to be properly introduced to standard theories and practices of counseling, 2) to recognize and respond effectively to routine challenges in human relationships occurring within congregations, 3) to recognize those challenges which require professional intervention by licensed practitioners, 4) to make timely and effective referrals, and 5) to support the work of licensed professional counselors.

One of the benefits of the relationship between Milligan College and Emmanuel Christian Seminary is the ability to combine the existing academic offerings of the two institutions in new ways. This program combines existing courses in Milligan’s Master of Science in Counseling with existing courses in Emmanuel’s Christian Care and Counseling emphasis to offer a useful and necessary program for individuals serving in ministry.

Courses:

(Students are required to have completed General Psychology or a reasonable substitute before enrolling in the certificate program.)

Required courses (13 hours):

Elective courses (6 hours):