• Classes focus on helping students prepare for counseling in a variety of settings
  • Students learn by doing at MTSU’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Choose between two concentrations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling
  • Professional growth opportunities are integral to the program

Professional Counseling, M.Ed.

MTSU’s Professional Counseling program offers two concentrations—Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.  Both concentrations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The mission of the Professional Counseling program is to help students develop essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions to function as professional counselors working in mental health agencies, private practice, or elementary, middle, and high schools. The faculty strives to attract a diverse group of students who have an allegiance to social justice and to advocacy for equal opportunity for all members of society and who will make a strong commitment to their own academic achievement, professional development, and personal self-awareness and growth across the lifespan.

Program makes possible pursuit of life work

Program makes possible pursuit of life work

“I believe my purpose in life is to help others heal, which I am able to do on a daily basis with the women I serve at The Next Door, an addiction treatment center,” says LanJericha Finch, an outpatient therapist and 2012 Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate. Finch says she not only learned a great deal of information but was shaped by pivotal experiences. For example, her Multicultural Counseling class helped her understand people as diverse, multifaceted beings who need individualized care.  Her Group Counseling class gave her “the opportunity to connect and be vulnerable with my peers in an authentic way, allowing me to see the true power of group counseling.” Finally, hands-on experiences “afforded me the opportunity to grow as a clinician.” She is honored that clients trust her and allow her to guide them “to a life of purpose and fulfillment. My degree from the MTSU Professional Counseling program has allowed me to do my life’s work, and for that I will always be grateful.”

Grad attributes success as a school counselor to MTSU

Grad attributes success as a school counselor to MTSU

“I currently serve as a professional school counselor to students in grades 10-12 in Metro Nashville Public Schools,” says Rebecca Frame Collier, who graduated from the School Counseling program in Professional Counseling in 2007. She explains that she feels very fortunate that she received her training through MTSU’s School Counseling program. “Beyond the outstanding instruction, knowledgeable professors, and the various opportunities for practical, in-the-field training, what I loved most about my time at MTSU were the people and the environment that allowed me to explore who I was as a person and how to care for ALL students by addressing their needs with empathy and skill.” Frame says that every counselor’s approach is unique just as personalities are, “but I was able to develop my passion for working directly with students and linking them to community and school resources to help ensure their positive growth. I would not be the counselor I am today without the support and nurture I received at MTSU.”

Most graduates of the Professional Counseling program obtain jobs in Murfreesboro and the middle Tennessee area.  Clinical mental health counseling graduates are employed by mental health agencies as counselors and eventually complete the requirements for licensure as professional counselors (LPCs).  School counseling graduates are employed by school districts in which they provide services to students, school personnel, and parents in elementary, middle, and high school settings.  Employment prospects are very good given the strong reputation of the program.

The following is a partial list of entities where MTSU Professional Counseling graduates have found employment:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Employers

  • Branches Counseling Center
  • Cedar Grove Residential Treatment Center
  • Centerstone
  • Counseling and Relationship Center of Murfreesboro
  • Creative Life Counseling
  • Health Connect America
  • Integrative Life Center
  • Mental Health America
  • Mental Health Cooperative
  • Psyche
  • Rachel Christian Counseling
  • The Next Door
  • Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System
  • Youth Villages

School Counseling Employers

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Knox County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Warren County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

The Womack Educational Leadership Department offers a major in Professional Counseling with two concentrations—Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, both leading to an M.Ed. and both accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This means that the program has been peer-reviewed and meets the highest standards for training student counselors.  In addition, the MTSU Professional Counseling program was the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Master’s Program Award by the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.  The Professional Counseling faculty endorses the American Counseling Association's (ACA’s) definition of counseling:  "Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.”  In addition, the program adheres to the most recent version of the ACA Code of Ethics.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration is a 61-hour degree program designed to train students to work in mental health settings. Students who complete the concentration in clinical mental health counseling will have met the educational requirements for licensure as professional counselors with mental health service provider (MHSP) designation in the state of Tennessee.

The School Counseling concentration is a 49-hour degree program with an emphasis on developmental school counseling. Students who complete the concentration in school counseling will have met the educational requirements necessary for licensure as a school counselor in the state of Tennessee.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.  

Other graduate degrees

Womack Educational Leadership Department offers the Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction with both on- and off-campus cohorts. A Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction is offered. Specializations include secondary education licensure, offering a path for non-licensed degree-holding individuals seeking licensure to teach in secondary public schools. The department also offers a non-licensure generalist Curriculum and Instruction major.

Also available under the Curriculum and Instruction major is a concentration in English as a Second Language leading to an M.Ed.

The department offers the Ed.S. with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process.

Under the Administration and Supervision major, Womack Educational Leadership offers the M.Ed., as well as a concentration in Agricultural Education Leadership. Administration and Supervision programs leading to an Ed.S. include specializations in Higher Education and Instructional Leader Licensure.

The major in Library Science leads to a Master in Library Science (M.L.S.) 

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration School Counseling Concentration


Professional Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration, M.Ed.

Christopher Quarto, Program Director
(615) 898-5933
Chris.Quarto@mtsu.edu

The M.Ed. in Professional Counseling offers concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. The goal of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration is to prepare students to provide professional counseling services in mental health-related settings. Students are offered preparation to diagnose and treat select mental and emotional disorders and to promote optimal mental health.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Students apply separately to the College of Graduate Studies and the Professional Counseling program. Admission to the Professional Counseling program is not automatic for students meeting minimum admission requirements. Admissions decisions for the Professional Counseling program will be made after reviewing all materials and determining the applicant's capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study in this area.

Successful applicants for the Master of Education in Professional Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling typically have demonstrated the following:

  1. 3.00 or higher undergraduate GPA (If an applicant's GPA is lower than 3.00, Professional Counseling faculty will consider applicant's academic performance during the last 60 hours of his or her undergraduate program);
  2. Completion of undergraduate courses in basic statistics and abnormal psychology (with minimum grades of B in both courses);
  3. A combined Verbal + Quantitative score of 291 or higher on the GRE with scores on both the Verbal and Quantitative measures of the test above 146 and 140 respectively;
  4. Three positive references on Professional Counseling recommendation form;
  5. A written essay/statement of purpose on the supplemental application form in which the applicant's reason for pursing a master's degree in Professional Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is congruent with the focus/emphasis of the program;
  6. Resume that includes name, address, and phone number of applicant; school applicant attended and applicant's major, minor, and grade point average; honors and awards; and employment and volunteer experiences;
  7. If invited, participate in a half-day interview within the first six (6) hours of coursework (invitation based on how the applicant compares to other applicants in relation to the previous six requirements). The interview is conducted by Professional Counseling faculty, a practicing mental health professional, and school counselor. An invited applicant must review the Professional Counseling handbook and the most current version of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics prior to the interview day and agree in writing to abide by the contents of those documents-should they be admitted into the program-on the day of the interview. Applicant must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty and counselors for program admission.

Note: Meeting minimum requirements for program admission does not guarantee admission, as applicants are selected on a competitive basis.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Application materials for Summer/Fall admission must be submitted by February 10; September 10 is the deadline for Spring admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  4. submit a current resume;
  5. complete and submit a Professional Counseling Program supplemental application. This is available online at www.mtsu.edu/edu_leadership/professional_counseling/admission.php;
  6. submit recommendation forms that are specific to the counseling program. These are available at www.mtsu.edu/edu_leadership/professional_counseling/admission.php. If possible, two of the recommendations should come from faculty who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities. The third can come from someone who has either supervised the applicant's work, has been a colleague, or has known him/her for at least three years (other than family).

Professional Counseling faculty will review all completed application files (all of the above), and if minimal requirements are met, will arrange with the applicant for participation in an admissions interview during the spring or fall semester. The admissions committee consists of Professional Counseling faculty members and at least one practicing mental health professional and school counselor.

Following the admissions interview, Professional Counseling faculty will make admissions decisions. The following are considered in the decision-making process:

  1. input from regular, adjunct, and affiliate program faculty (if the applicant has taken or is currently taking classes);
  2. input from practitioners who served on the admissions committee;
  3. each applicant's potential success in forming effective interpersonal relationships in individual and small-group contexts;
  4. each applicant's aptitude for graduate-level study, including technological competence and computer literacy;
  5. each applicant's career goals and objectives and their relevance to the program; and
  6. each applicant's openness to self-examination and personal and professional self-development;
  7. each applicant's written acknowledgment that they reviewed the Professional Counseling handbook and the most current version of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics prior to the interview day and agree to abide by the content of those documents-should they be admitted into the program-on the day of the interview.

Applicants will be formally notified of the admission decision by the College of Graduate Studies within 30 days of the admissions interview. If accepted into the Professional Counseling program, the applicant must within two weeks notify the program coordinator of his/her intention to enter the program.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Professional Counseling degree with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires completion of 61 semester hours.

Candidates must successfully complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (may be taken no more than twice).

Curriculum: Professional Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 Candidate must complete 61 hours in the following course of study:

Prerequisites/Corequisites

  • PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science with a minimum grade of B (or an equivalent undergraduate statistics course taken at another accredited educational institution)
  • PSY 3230 - Abnormal Psychology with a minimum grade of B (or an equivalent undergraduate abnormal psychology course taken at another accredited educational institution)

Professional Counseling Core Courses (31 hours)

  • COUN 6110 - Introduction to Professional Counseling

    3 credit hours

    An introductory study of the counseling profession. Basic educational, historical, philosophical and psychological foundations of counseling as well as specific traits and skills of professional counselors. Beginning level concepts and skills required for certification and licensure.

  • COUN 6150 - Career Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COUN 6840 and COUN 6260 or permission of department. History, theory, and issues related to career development, career choice, and career education. Demonstration of the ability to teach career information seeking behavior and decision-making skills.

  • COUN 6170 - Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COUN 6830, COUN 6260, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: COUN 6180. Group process, ethics, and techniques. Application of counseling theory, group procedures, sociometrics, and group dynamics to interpersonal relations, mental health, school, and industrial settings. Supervised experience. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

  • COUN 6180 - Laboratory in Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

    1 credit hours

    Taken in conjunction with COUN 6170. Students will experience group processes as members of a growth group during the first half of the semester and will demonstrate group skills as leaders of group session(s) during the second half of the semester.

  • COUN 6210 - Multicultural Counseling

    3 credit hours

    A theoretical and skill development course related to the field of Professional Counseling. Information provided to strengthen multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills in the competencies necessary to create helping relationships with ethnically and culturally diverse clients.

  • COUN 6260 - Pre-Practicum in Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COUN 6830 or permission of instructor. Introduces basic communication skills, techniques, and process involved in working with clients in a counseling relationship; extensive role-play practice with peer and faculty feedback. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

  • COUN 6270 - Practicum in Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COUN 6170, COUN 6180, COUN 6230, COUN 6260, COUN 6830; permission of instructor. Practical supervised experience in individual and group counseling in a school setting and MTSU Psychological Services Center; audio and/or video taping of sessions for peer and faculty feedback.

  • COUN 6830 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Survey of leading counseling theories, including applications of theories to case studies. Demonstration and practice of specific techniques.

  • COUN 6840 - Measurement and Appraisal in Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Individual and group approaches to measurement and appraisal in counseling. Psychometric properties of tests and how to select, administer, and/or interpret aptitude, achievement, intelligence, personality, performance, and interest tests for use in counseling-related activities.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Courses (24 hours)

  • COUN 5655 - Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department. History, roles, and duties of the professional clinical mental health counselor. Managed care and third party reimbursement issues, administration and supervision of mental health services, and other salient issues relating to the role of the professional clinical mental health counselor.

  • COUN 6520 - Psychopharmacology

    3 credit hours

    Biochemical, neurophysiological, and neuroanatomical basis; emphasis on drugs used in investigating and treating psychological disorders.

  • COUN 6540 - Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling  3 credit hours  (two semesters, 6 credit hours)

    COUN 6540 - Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COUN 6270. Requires 300 hours in a mental health setting with at least 40 percent in direct service. May be repeated; enrollment must be continuous.

  • COUN 6765 - Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: An undergraduate course in abnormal psychology; permission of department. Development of skills in the diagnosis and treatment of select mental disorders across the lifespan. Treatment planning strategies using evidence-based treatment interventions.

  • COUN 7520 - Assessment and Treatment of Addictions

    3 credit hours

    Systematic analysis of the addictional phenomena with particular emphasis on dynamics and behavioral manifestations. Alcohol, street and prescription drugs, gambling, TV, religion, politics, and sex as aberrational forms of altering consciousness explored. Causation, clinical diagnostics, and treatment procedures as well as prevention addressed in detail.

 

  • COUN 6610 - Introduction to Counseling Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: An undergraduate statistics course. Common methods used by researchers and practitioners to answer questions pertaining to counseling-related phenomena including quantitative and qualitative methods, action research, needs assessment and program evaluation.

  • PSY 6615 - Basic and Applied Research Methods in Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Survey of experimental and quasi-experimental research designs employed in mental health fields. Theoretical and practical knowledge of various research designs and data analysis procedures explored through class lectures and lab assignments. Offers preparation for those training to become mental health practitioners to understand and critically evaluate psychological research.

Mental Health Counseling Specialty Area (6 hours)

Select one:

Child/Adolescent Counseling Specialty

  • PSY 6080 - Interventions with Children and Adolescents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 5250 or PSY 6400 or permission of instructor. Theoretical and practical issues related to interventions with children and adolescents exhibiting behavioral and emotional problems. Intervention strategies for specific problems. Experience designing and evaluating intervention plans. Legal, ethical, and practical issues.

  • COUN 6885 - Play Therapy: Theory and Practice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and COUN 6260. Covers theory and techniques of play therapy useful to both the school counselor and school psychologist and to the practitioner in community practice. Includes a practicum experience using play therapy with young children in play therapy lab. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

Adult Counseling Specialty

  • COUN 6800 - Adult Topics in Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Overview of salient issues in the counseling profession related to working with adult clients. Introduction to topics such as spirituality, intimate partner violence, gerontological counseling and working with couples in counseling. Other topics may be added as relevant issues emerge in counseling literature.

  • COUN 6810 - Adult Counseling  3 credit hours  

    COUN 6810 - Adult Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department. Analysis of common issues encountered when counseling adults. Development of case conceptualization, treatment planning, and counseling intervention skills. Examines counseling as a process.

Program Notes

A 100-hour combined practicum in a mental health setting and the MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services is required. In addition, a 600-hour internship in a mental health setting is required.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.

Professional Counseling, School Counseling Concentration, M.Ed.

Virginia Dansby, Program Director
(615) 898-2995
Ginny.Dansby@mtsu.edu

The M.Ed. in Professional Counseling offers concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. The School Counseling concentration is developmental with a prevention/intervention focus.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Students apply separately to the College of Graduate Studies and the Professional Counseling program. Admission to the School Counseling program is not automatic for students meeting minimum admission requirements. Admissions decisions for the School Counseling Program will be made after reviewing all materials and determining the applicant's capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study in this area.

Successful applicants for the Master of Education in Professional Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling typically have demonstrated the following:

  1. a 3.00 or higher undergraduate grade point average (If an applicant's GPA is lower than 3.00 then Professional Counseling faculty will consider applicant's academic performance during the last 60 hours of his or her undergraduate program);
  2. a combined Verbal + Quantitative score of 291 or higher on the GRE with scores on both the Verbal and Quantitative measures of the test above 146 and 140 respectively; 
  3. three positive references on Professional Counseling recommendation form;
  4. a written essay/statement of purpose on the supplemental application form in which the applicant's reason for pursuing a master's degree in Professional Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling is congruent with the focus/emphasis of the program;
  5. resume that includes name, address, and phone number of applicant; school applicant attended and applicant's major, minor, and grade point average; honors and awards; and employment and volunteer experiences;
  6. if invited, participate in a half-day interview within the first six (6) hours of coursework (invitation based on how the applicant compares to other applicants in relation to the other requirements). The interview is conducted by Professional Counseling faculty, a practicing mental health counselor, and school counselor. The interview is conducted by Professional Counseling faculty, a practicing mental health professional, and school counselor. An invited applicant must review the Professional Counseling handbook and the most current version of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics prior to the interview day and agree in writing to abide by the contents of those documents-should they be admitted into the program-on the day of the interview. Applicant must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty and counselors for program admission.

Note: Meeting minimum requirements for program admission does not guarantee admission, as applicants are selected on a competitive basis.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Application materials for Summer/Fall admission must be submitted by February 10; September 10 is the deadline for Spring admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  4. submit a current resume;
  5. complete and submit a Professional Counseling Program supplemental application. This is available online at www.mtsu.edu/edu_leadership/professional _counseling/admission.php.
  6. submit recommendation forms that are specific to the counseling program. These are available online at www.mtsu.edu/edu_leadership/professional _counseling/admission.php. If possible, two of the recommendations should come from faculty who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities. The third can come from someone who has either supervised the applicant's work, has been a colleague, or has known him/her for at least three years (other than family).

Professional Counseling faculty will review all completed application files (all of the above) and, if minimal requirements are met, will arrange with the applicant for participation in an admissions interview during the spring or fall semester. The admissions committee consists of Professional Counseling faculty members and at least one practicing mental health professional and one school counselor.

Following the admissions interview, Professional Counseling faculty will make admissions decisions. The following are considered in the decision-making process:

  1. input from regular, adjunct, and affiliate program faculty (if the applicant has taken or is currently taking classes);
  2. input from practitioners who served on the admissions committee;
  3. each applicant's potential success in forming effective interpersonal relationships in individual and small-group contexts;
  4. each applicant's aptitude for graduate-level study, including technological competence and computer literacy;
  5. each applicant's career goals and objectives and their relevance to the program; and
  6. each applicant's openness to self-examination and personal and professional self-development;
  7. each applicant's openness to and respect for diversity in its many forms;
  8. each applicant's written acknowledgment that they reviewed the Professional Counseling handbook and the most current version of the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics prior to the interview day and agree to abide by the contents of those documents-should they be admitted into the program-on the day of the interview.

Applicants will be formally notified of the admission decision by the College of Graduate Studies within 30 days of the admissions interview.

If accepted into the Professional Counseling program, the applicant must within two weeks notify the program coordinator of his/her intention to enter the program.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Professional Counseling degree with a concentration in School Counseling requires completion of 49 semester hours. No more than 30 percent of the total degree hours may be dually listed as undergraduate/graduate hours.

Candidates must successfully complete the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (may be taken no more than twice).

Curriculum: Professional Counseling, School Counseling

 Candidate must complete 49 hours in the following course of study:

Prerequisites/Corequisites

PSY 3020 - Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science with a minimum grade of C (or an equivalent undergraduate statistics course taken at another accredited educational institution)

ELED 5201 - Observation and Participation: Grades 1-6 (with a minimum grade of B) or a teaching license

An exceptional child course such as one of the following:

  • COUN 5201 - Directed Public School Experience for Non-Teachers
  • SPED 3010 - Characteristics and Teaching of Diverse Learners
  • PSY 4250 or PSY 5250 - Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • SPED 6800 - Exceptional Children and Youth

Professional Counseling Core Courses (31 hours)

  • COUN 6110 - Introduction to Professional Counseling

    3 credit hours

    An introductory study of the counseling profession. Basic educational, historical, philosophical and psychological foundations of counseling as well as specific traits and skills of professional counselors. Beginning level concepts and skills required for certification and licensure.

  • COUN 6150 - Career Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COUN 6840 and COUN 6260 or permission of department. History, theory, and issues related to career development, career choice, and career education. Demonstration of the ability to teach career information seeking behavior and decision-making skills.

  • COUN 6170 - Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COUN 6830, COUN 6260, or permission of instructor. Corequisite: COUN 6180. Group process, ethics, and techniques. Application of counseling theory, group procedures, sociometrics, and group dynamics to interpersonal relations, mental health, school, and industrial settings. Supervised experience. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

  • COUN 6180 - Laboratory in Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

    1 credit hours

    Taken in conjunction with COUN 6170. Students will experience group processes as members of a growth group during the first half of the semester and will demonstrate group skills as leaders of group session(s) during the second half of the semester.

  • COUN 6210 - Multicultural Counseling

    3 credit hours

    A theoretical and skill development course related to the field of Professional Counseling. Information provided to strengthen multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills in the competencies necessary to create helping relationships with ethnically and culturally diverse clients.

  • COUN 6260 - Pre-Practicum in Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COUN 6830 or permission of instructor. Introduces basic communication skills, techniques, and process involved in working with clients in a counseling relationship; extensive role-play practice with peer and faculty feedback. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

  • COUN 6270 - Practicum in Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: COUN 6170, COUN 6180, COUN 6230, COUN 6260, COUN 6830; permission of instructor. Practical supervised experience in individual and group counseling in a school setting and MTSU Psychological Services Center; audio and/or video taping of sessions for peer and faculty feedback.

  • COUN 6830 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Survey of leading counseling theories, including applications of theories to case studies. Demonstration and practice of specific techniques.

  • COUN 6840 - Measurement and Appraisal in Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Individual and group approaches to measurement and appraisal in counseling. Psychometric properties of tests and how to select, administer, and/or interpret aptitude, achievement, intelligence, personality, performance, and interest tests for use in counseling-related activities.

School Counseling Courses (18 hours)

  • COUN 6160 - Foundations of School Counseling

    3 credit hours

    History, foundations, philosophy, and principles of developmental school counseling; roles and functions of school counselors, including professional and personal requirements.

  • COUN 6610 - Introduction to Counseling Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: An undergraduate statistics course. Common methods used by researchers and practitioners to answer questions pertaining to counseling-related phenomena including quantitative and qualitative methods, action research, needs assessment and program evaluation.

  • COUN 6890 - Consultation  3 credit hours  

    COUN 6890 - Consultation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COUN 6270 and permission of instructor. Course must be taken prior to or concurrent with the first internship ( COUN 6920 or COUN 6930). Theory and practice of consultation as a useful technique in the helping professions. Applied experiences in schools and other settings. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

  • COUN 6920 - Internship: Secondary School Counseling  1 to 6 credit hours  (3 credit hours required)

    COUN 6920 - Internship: Secondary School Counseling

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COUN 6270. Actual experience in the counseling, consulting, coordinating services to adolescents, teachers, and parents. Requires 300 hours in the schools, with at least 40 percent in direct service. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

  • COUN 6930 - Internship: Elementary School Counseling  1 to 6 credit hours  (3 credit hours required)

    COUN 6930 - Internship: Elementary School Counseling

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: COUN 6270. Actual experience in the school providing counseling, consulting, coordinating services to children, teachers, and parents. Requires 300 hours in the schools, with at least 40 percent in direct service. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

  • An approved graduate elective 3 credit hours

Program Notes

Students are required to complete a 100-hour practicum and two 300-hour internships in elementary and high school settings. An additional 40 hours of school experience for persons not licensed to teach are also required. Students seeking Tennessee school counseling licensure must obtain a positive recommendation from the professional counseling faculty at the end of their programs. Coursework completion is not a guarantee of the recommendation for licensure.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.
School Counseling Candidates Seeking Tennessee School Counseling Licensure

All candidates seeking licensure as a school counselor in Tennessee must take and pass the Praxis Test: Instructional Support Personnel, Professional School Counselor (per State Department of Education criteria). This test is taken when the student is near the end of the master's program.

Students who hold a master's degree in an area other than school counseling who seek to take classes to obtain licensure as a school counselor in Tennessee must be accepted into the School Counseling program in order to do so. This admission is not automatic. Successful applicants will generally meet the same criteria as other School Counseling program applicants, as described above.

These applicants should take the following steps:

  1. consult with the School Counseling program coordinator regarding what additional coursework is needed for licensure;
  2. apply to the College of Graduate Studies under the category of "Addition of School Counseling License to Previous Master's";
  3. submit all application materials, as described in Application Procedures, to the College of Graduate Studies;
  4. attend the half-day interview if invited to do so.

MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

Learning by doing gives participants valuable experience and confidence. Students majoring in Professional Counseling are provided with this opportunity at the MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. This is a high-tech training facility where students provide counseling services to MTSU students, faculty, and staff as well as residents of the Murfreesboro community under the supervision of faculty. Included in the off-campus facility are three individual/family counseling rooms, a child therapy room, and two classrooms. The counseling offices and child therapy room are equipped with a state-of-the-art audio/video recording system.  All sessions are recorded for supervision purposes.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

School Counseling

Application and Admission Information

Handbook, Syllabi, and Program Reports

Professional Development

The Professional Counseling faculty strives to enhance the professional development of school and mental health practitioners by offering (or sponsoring/co-sponsoring) presentations, workshops, and online continuing education opportunities.  MTSU is a NBCC-approved continuing education provider.

Online Continuing Education

  1. Providing Solution-Focused Supervision in a Developmental Framework – Christopher J. Quarto, Ph.D. - learn about the developmental features of counselor trainees and Solution-Focused Counseling techniques that can be employed with them in supervision. This video serves as an orientation to the clinical aspects of supervision. 
    1. Access the “Providing Solution-Focused Supervision in a Developmental Framework”
    2. Access the “Providing Solution-Focused Supervision in a Developmental Framework”
  2. Clinical Supervision:  The Discrimination Model – Christopher J. Quarto, Ph.D. - learn about Bernard’s model of supervising counselor trainees. This is a “re-training” video for supervisors who require additional and/or updated training in supervision.
    1. Access the “Clinical Supervision: The Discrimination Model”
    2. Access the “Clinical Supervision:  The Discrimination Model”

Supervisors of counseling students are eligible to receive one (1) continuing education (CE) credit for free by watching one video and answering ten questions pertaining to it (must answer 70% of the questions correctly).  Supervisors of non-MTSU Professional Counseling students are eligible to receive continuing education credit by answering the quiz questions and submitting a check for $15.00 (made out to “MTSU”) for each video to Robin Lee, Ph.D., Department of Educational Leadership, 1301 E. Main Street, Box 54, Murfreesboro, TN  37132.  Answers to quiz questions should be submitted to Dr. Lee at: Robin.Lee@mtsu.edu.

(Middle Tennessee State University is an approved provider of continuing education by the National Board of Certified Counselors - NBCC.  Watching either video and obtaining a passing score on the corresponding quiz (i.e., 70% correct) will entitle the supervisor to 1 continuing education (CE) clock hour of training credit.)

Contact and Student Information

Dr. Christopher Quarto
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Chris.Quarto@mtsu.edu
615-898-5933

Dr. Virginia Dansby
School Counseling
Ginny.Dansby@mtsu.edu
615-898-2559

Dr. Christopher Quarto
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Chris.Quarto@mtsu.edu
615-898-5933

Dr. Virginia Dansby
School Counseling
Ginny.Dansby@mtsu.edu
615-898-2559

Department of Educational Leadership
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 91
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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