Master of Science in Counseling

School Counseling Concentration

The program will prepare you to pursue licensure as a school counselor. The curriculum consists of 48 credit hours for licensed teachers and 54 credit hours for students without teaching licensure. Both the licensure and non-licensure tracks include an internship that is built into the hours. 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.

In-Demand Profession

Employment of school and career counselors is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rising student enrollments in elementary, middle and high schools are expected to increase demand for school counselors. As enrollments grow, schools will require more counselors to respond to the needs of their students.


Course Rotation | Course Descriptions

Course Rotation

Fall, 1st year                                                   

Fall Total: 9 ½ - 12 ½ hrs.

**For students without teaching licensure only.

Spring, 1st year

Spring Total: 10 ½ - 13 ½ hrs.

**For students without teaching licensure only.

Summer, 1st year

Summer Total: 3-6 hrs.

**For students without teaching licensure only.

Fall, 2nd year                                                                          

Fall Total: 9 ½ hrs.                      

Spring, 2nd year

Spring Total: 9 ½ hrs.

Summer, 2nd year

Summer Total: 6 hrs.



Course Descriptions

COUN 500 Human Growth and Development - An advanced study of the theories and factors relevant to understanding human development throughout the lifespan. Emphasis on social, cognitive, and affective development, including implications for counseling strategies across the lifespan. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

COUN 520 Theory and Practice of Counseling – An introduction of, and initial preparation for, the profession of counseling. Behavioral and professional expectations of counselors are emphasized. The course provides an overview of theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy with emphasis on comprehensive analysis of each theory. Skills in intake assessment, treatment planning, brief and long-term models, crisis intervention, and prevention strategies are developed. This course must be taken at Milligan College; no transfer credit will allowed for this course. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

COUN 530 Child and Adult Psychopathology – An introduction to the evaluation and classification of abnormal human behavior and psychiatric disorders according to current standards of classification. Includes instruction in purpose and use of DSM-IV-TR. Offered spring term each year. Four semester hours. 

COUN 540 Cultural Diversity in Counseling – An emphasis on the development and enhancement of multi-cultural and ethnic awareness and how this impacts counseling. The course is designed to help counselors maximize their effectiveness in working with clients from different cultures and sub-cultures. Includes counseling skills that are effective with clients with various disabilities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520.

COUN 550 Legal and Ethical Issues - An intensive overview of legal, ethical, and professional issues in the provision of counseling services in a variety of settings. Includes review of Tennessee laws, the American Counseling Association code of ethics and related codes as appropriate. Steps in ethical decision-making are discussed and case studies are presented. Students gain an understanding of the need for ethical standards and learn how to follow ethical guidelines. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520.

COUN 555 Professional Roles and Practices of School Counselors - An orientation to the school counseling profession and the roles of professional school counselors. Examines planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive and developmental guidance and counseling program that includes students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. Examines state and national counseling program models and required competencies. Legal and ethical issues in school counseling also are discussed. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

COUN 600 Integration of Faith and Learning Seminar – An ongoing discussion and examination of the theoretical and practical aspects of the integration of faith and learning. Students take this course each fall and spring term they are in the counseling program.  One-half semester hour.

COUN 610 Group Dynamics and Group Counseling - An introduction to group dynamics and group counseling with emphasis on theoretical and practical issues. Reviews historical perspectives, popular treatment techniques, empirical evidence on treatment efficacy, ethical and legal issues, and integration considerations. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520.

COUN 620 Career Counseling – An introduction to methods used in counseling clients about career-related decisions. Provides an overview of test instruments used to evaluate skills and aptitudes, methods to give guidance for training and job placement, and job interview strategies. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisite: COUN 520. 

COUN 644 Child and Adolescent Assessment - Advanced training in the use of psychological assessment instruments for the evaluation of children and adolescents experiencing emotional, behavioral, or academic problems. Preparation of evaluations, recommendations, and report writing for presentation of information to family and professionals is emphasized. Offered spring term each year. Three semester hours.

COUN 645 Child and Adolescent Counseling - A survey of psychotherapeutic approaches and techniques for child and adolescent problems. This survey is conducted within a strong developmental framework. Emphasizes empirically supported psychotherapeutic programs for specific disorder presentations and conceptual skills necessary for effectively intervening with children, adolescents, and their parents. Offered fall term each year. Three semester hours.

COUN 680 Research Methods - An examination of the array of research and statistical methods used in the behavioral sciences and helping professions. Emphasis is placed on critically evaluating psychological research and understanding its application to counseling. Offered summer term each year. Three semester hours. Prerequisites: MATH 213 or PSYC 259 or equivalent.

COUN 690 Practicum in Counseling – Introductory experience in supervised counseling with clients in selected clinical settings. Students are supervised by the course instructor and a field supervisor and receive feedback from supervisors in order to develop counseling skills. Practicum is arranged with the Clinical Director in the semester prior to beginning the practicum. A minimum of 100 clock hours of supervised experience is required. Liability insurance is required. Offered each term. Three semester hours.  Prerequisites: COUN 520, 550, at least 20 hours completed in program, permission of instructor.

COUN 693 Internship in School Counseling - Supervised internship in both elementary and secondary school settings. The internship will be equivalent to being full-time in the school setting for a semester (600 hours). This will include a variety of activities that a school counselor is expected to perform. At least 240 clock hours are required in direct client contact, individual counseling, group work, developmental classroom guidance, and parent/community conferences. This will be done under the supervision of a licensed school counselor and will also include consultation with an assigned faculty supervisor. The internship will be a cooperative effort planned by Milligan College, a local school system and the student. Students must apply for internship at least one full semester in advance. Liability insurance is required. Offered fall and spring semesters. Six semester hours.

EDUC 641 Advanced Parent Education and Involvement - A review of the research on the relationship between family involvement and school achievement; the reasons for developing school, family, and community partnerships; roles and options for parents and families who want to be involved in schools; methods for determining parents’ needs and interests; selecting and implementing different types of parent involvement; and the effectiveness of current national and school-level parent education and involvement programs. Offered once a year. Three semester hours.

Additional Courses for students without initial teaching licensure

EDUC 530 Education of Exceptional Students - A study of the applications of educational theories and research related to the instruction of students with special needs. Topics include student characteristics, motivation, instruction, evaluation, and procedures for special education referrals. Offered spring and summer terms each year. Three semester hours.

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