College of Education and Human Services
Curriculum
The Master of Arts with a major in School Counseling program is a degree program that trains school counselors for work in ethnically, geographically, and socially diverse K-12 educational settings. The 48 credit program prepares students for certification as school counselors through theoretical, clinical, and professional coursework and experiences including a 9 credit field internship in a school.

If your objective is to obtain a dual degree in School Counseling and a degree in Professional Counseling, students have the option of applying to the online Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) and complete both the MA, School Counseling and the Ed.S., Professional Counseling. The combined online delivery of the M.A./Ed.S. is open to students who have completed the online MA with a major in School Counseling through Seton Hall University.

Coursework
Students join a cohort or learning team of students who progress through the program together. They complete 8 semesters over 2 to 2-l/2 years. This learning team approach is a key component to student success with the online delivery of courses.  The only restrictions to this program are the transfer of credits and individual courses.

  COUNSELING CORE  
CPSY 6002
Counseling Theories 3
CPSY 6103
Abnormal Psychology
3
CPSY 6301
Career Development and Counseling 3
CPSY 6315
Group Counseling 3
CPSY 6003
Counseling Skills 3
  ASSESSMENT  
CPSY 6005
Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling 3
  PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS  
CPSY 6102
Psychology of Human Development 3
CPSY 6505
Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification 3
  SOCIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS  
CPSY 8100
Multicultural Counseling and Psychology 3
CPSY 6306
Counseling and Community Agencies 3
  RESEARCH  
CPSY 7101
Research Methods 3
  SUPERVISED EXPERIENCE  
CPSY 7310
Practicum in Counseling 3
CPSY 7380
Internship in Counseling I 3
CPSY 7381
Internship in Counseling II 3
  PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION  
CPSY 6305
Counseling and Supervision in School Settings
3
CPSY 7001
Counselor Ethics in Practice 3
 
 

Students complete a comprehensive final exam or capstone project at the end of the degree or in the semester of Internship II.

Required Courses for the Ed.S.
Students can begin to register for these in Semester V of the M.A. Program

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) with a Major in Professional Counseling   

CPSY 6302 Orientation to Professional Counseling3
CPSY 6310Etiology and Treatment of Addictions3
CPSY 6601Couple & Family Dynamics:  Systemic Perspectives3
CPSY 7005Statistics & Computer Applications3
CPSY 8520Seminar in Psychopathology (prerequisite 6103)3
CPSY 7383Internship in Counseling III3
 Total18

Residencies

 

If you are asking the question so many students ask, “Why do I need to attend a residency?”

Hear what students have to say:

"Because we feel so strongly about the many benefits of students coming together and meeting one another before working completely online, the residency is vital and required." 

This initial face-to-face experience is essential for your continued educational success online.We ask you to attend for only 4 days at the start of the program and then again the following year. Your expenses are included in the cost of your tuition except for your transportation to and from the residency. This is a small commitment for a large benefit.

Course Descriptions

CPSY 6002 Counseling Theory
Examines in depth the function of theory in counseling; major theories and their contributions to the practice of counseling. Affords opportunity to begin the development of students’ own theoretical orientation to counseling. 3 credits

CPSY 6003 Counseling Skills
Skill-building experience in facilitative behaviors (empathy, genuineness, extending client communication) using such techniques as modeling, role-playing, audiotape and videotape feedback, as well as other training methodologies. Extensive research has indicated that certain basic skills, interpersonal in nature, are essential to all helping relationships. 3 credits

CPSY 6005 Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling
Rationale and assumptions underlying psychological tests. Consideration and evaluation of the types of tests commonly used in education and psychology. Introduction to theoretical foundations for assessing psychological constructs including methods for estimating reliability/validity and techniques for scale construction. 3 credits

CPSY6102 Psychology of Human Development
Overview of current theories of human development: biological, psychological, social, emotional, cognitive aspects of maturation and growth through the life cycle. 3 credits.

CPSY6103 Abnormal Psychology
Survey of maladaptations in light of current theory and research, including sociocultural factors, defense mechanisms, coping with stress. Etiology, diagnosis, treatment of classical syndromes. Understanding individuals within the context of their own environment; epidemiological and community approaches to treatment and prevention. 3 credits

CPSY 6301 Career Development and Counseling
Overview of the factors in career development and occupational choices, including theories, sources of information, assessment, diversity issues and the impact of technology.  3 credits

CPSY 6304 Principles and Administration of School Counseling Programs
Introduction to the specific field of school counseling, Topics include: history, philosophy, and current trends, issues, policies, and educational mandates in school counseling; role and function of the school counselor as collaborators, consultants, and leaders; understanding the context in which school counseling occurs, and educational systems; developing and administrating school programs reflecting the ASCA National Model.  3 credits.

CPSY 6306 Counseling and Community Agencies
Application of community counseling model across diverse community agencies. Review how agencies provide preventative education, outreach, counseling, advocacy, social and public policy, and consultation interventions to clients and communities.  Attention given to cross-cultural issues, managed health care, service utilization, agency systems and the mental health professional’s role. Students prepare and present a portfolio on a community agency by collecting information and interviewing staff. 3 credits

CPSY6310 Etiology and Treatment of Addictions

CPSY 6316 Group Counseling
Requires active participation in training group setting. Students learn group process through participation. Factors such as resistance, transference, group climate, norms and stages of development will be observed, experienced and studied. The format of this course will be experiential, not lecture-discussion.  Prerequisites: Department permission required. 3 credits

CPSY 6505 Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification
Advanced course in learning theory and its application in the classroom and in therapeutic interventions. Theories of Pavlov, Skinner, and Bandura; recent research in behavior therapy, modeling and observational learning. Application and development of skill in behavior modification techniques, including observation of behavior, use of reinforcement, feedback, modeling, shaping and imagery.  3 credits

CPSY 6601 Couple and Family Dynamics: Systemic Perspectives
An introduction to various schools of contemporary literary theory, including preliminary exposure to a variety of perspectives on families and couples. Students acquire an understanding of normative family lifecycle patterns and transitions as well as changing patterns in the family lifecycle. The roles of gender and ethnicity in normative family patterns and in family-based therapeutic interventions are discussed. 3 credits

CPSY 7001 Counselor Ethics in Practice
Codes of ethics and their application to professional issues.  Current laws and court decisions affecting professional psychologists.  Discussion of ethical dilemmas and the process of individual decision-making. 3 credits

CPSY 7101 Research Methods
Systematic analysis and clarification of research problems, explanation of relationships between research hypothesis and research procedures and appropriate techniques for analyzing data and evaluating evidence.  3 credits

CPSY 7310 Practicum in Counseling
Supervised work in case study, diagnosis, specific program planning and team conferences. Use of audio and videotape.  Students are required to submit exposition of their own counseling theory. One hundred hours minimum of fieldwork experience is required. Placements need to be approved by the practicum/internship coordinator at least three months prior to placement. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in denial of registration for the course. Additional credits (maximum of 6) with department permission. Prerequisites: acceptance into M.A. in Counseling program or post-master’s licensing sequence; CPSY 6002, 6003, 6315, 6316 and departmental permission. 3-6 credits

CPSY 7380 Internship in Professional Counseling I
Supervised fieldwork placement for mental health counselors.  Setting appropriate to area of concentration, including community agencies, hospitals, treatment centers, higher education, and secondary or elementary education. Students are required to complete 300 hours per semester (120 direct hours, 180 indirect hours). Placements need to be approved by the practicum/internship coordinator at least three months prior to placement. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in denial of registration for the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion (B- or better) of CPSY 7310 and department permission.  3 credits

CPSY 7381 Internship in Professional Counseling II
Continuation of supervised fieldwork placement for mental health counselors. Setting appropriate to area of concentration, including community agencies, hospitals, treatment centers, higher education, and secondary or elementary education.  Students are required to complete 300 hours per semester (120 direct hours, 180 indirect hours). Placements need to be approved by the practicum/internship coordinator at least three months prior to placement. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in denial of registration for the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion (B- or better) of CPSY 7381 and department permission. 3 credits

CPSY 7383 Internship in Professional Counseling III
Continuation of supervised fieldwork placement for mental health counselors. Students will focus on fine tuning their conceptual and intervention skills while learning the basics of supervising and leadership in mental health programs Students are required to complete 300 hours per semester (120 direct hours, 180 indirect hours), with a minimum of one hour per week of supervision of a beginning counselor in training. Placements need to be approved by the practicum/internship coordinator at least three months prior to placement. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in denial of registration for the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion (B- or better) of CPSY 7381 and department permission.  3 credits.

CPSY 8100 Multicultural Counseling and Psychology
Investigates the theoretical backgrounds of all major cultures around the world and applies that knowledge to the psychological functioning of different client populations. Examines in depth different methodologies, issues and research in cross-cultural psychology. 3 credits

CPSY 8520 Seminar in Psychopathology
In-depth study of the etiology, symptomatology and treatment of the major mental health disorders. Special topics, such as shame, guilt, suicide. Additional focus will be on the integration of psychological assessment information into diagnosis and treatment planning. Prerequisites: CPSY 6103 or department permission. 3 credits

Disclaimer: Completion of these programs (Master of Arts, Major: Counseling; Master of Arts, Major: School Counseling; or the Ed.S.) does not guarantee licensure.

Program Director:
Rosalie Maiorella, M.S.

(973) 313-6239
Rosalie.maiorella@shu.edu

Academic Director:
John Smith, Ed.D.

(973) 275-2731
smithjohn@shu.edu

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