SCHOOL COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE/MASTER OF ARTS
Total Credit Hours: 40
Graduate programs in school counseling and guidance have been designed for both certified teachers and non-certified professionals. Both program options have been developed according to new State of Illinois guidelines to meet the need for qualified counselors in school settings.
The objectives are the same for both programs. The goals are to:
ē Provide a knowledge base in relevant areas of guidance and counseling theory and demonstrate the pragmatic application of those theories;
ē Develop studentsí skills in interviewing, assessment, and techniques of guidance;
ē Develop studentsí understanding of the uniqueness of each individual, and demonstrate how the counselor must be flexible in dealing with the individual; and
ē Develop a professional identity and an understanding of ethics and ethical behavior.
A. Certified Teacher
The School Counseling and Guidance program is designed for teachers who want to become certified as elementary or secondary school guidance counselors. The program integrates sound counseling theory and practical school guidance practices to prepare counselors to work effectively in schools. This program is offered through the Psychology Department in conjunction with the College of Education. Students receive a Master of Arts in School Counseling and Guidance which makes them eligible for the Type 73 Guidance Specialist Certificate.
To be eligible for the Type 73 Certificate, the student must hold a valid Type 03, 09, or 10 Illinois teaching certificate, complete 40 semester hours of approved class work, and pass the School Service Personnel Guidance examination. Goals for the program follow the American School Counselorís Association recommendations.
For individuals who are not already teachers, there are two options:
ē Option 1 - Alternative Program with a Masterís degree
This program is intended for those students who already hold a masterís degree in an area related to school counseling. Upon completion of this program, individuals can earn the Type 73 Certificate. This program does not provide students with an additional masterís degree. Due to the variety of educational backgrounds in which students enter the program, each personís educational background will be considered on an individual basis by the Program Director. Not all masterís degrees are eligible for this program. Generally, alternative requirements will be met by additional coursework.
ē Option 2 - Alternative Program without a Masterís degree
This program is intended for students who have earned a bachelorís degree and are not teacher certified. These students will earn a Masters of Arts in School Counseling and Guidance. In addition, they will take extra course work to meet the requirements for the Type 73 Certificate.
Admission to the graduate program in psychology is based on academic and personal qualifications of the applicant. It is made without regard to race, color, religion, irrelevant handicap, age or gender.
There are three enrollment categories for students in the program: full admission, provisional admission, and student-at-large. All students must present evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education and a completed application that includes a personal statement of professional goals. Because this program is directed toward adults, it is expected that personal maturity and experience are prime indicators of success in the program.
Applicants for full admission must:
1. Complete an application form.
2. Submit a personal statement in which the student provides a brief work/school history and reasons for seeking enrollment in the School Counseling and Guidance program. This personal statement will serve as a writing skills sample.
3. Submit two letters of recommendation from professors, employers or supervisors.
4. Submit an official transcript of all academic work previously attempted or completed. The last 60 hours of work should equal a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).
5. Must certify proficiency in reading and writing English if the student is from a non-English speaking country, by achieving a 550 on the written exam or a 213 on the computerized exam for the applicantís nationality group on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
6. Obtain acceptance by the Graduate Council of the College of Arts and Sciences.
A provisional student has applied for full admission, but has not met one or more of the requirements. Full admission will be granted when the student has resolved all deficiencies.
A student-at-large is not a degree candidate. However, should a student decide to apply for full admission status at a later time, but within five years of course completion, only three courses (nine semester hours) will be accepted for credit. At-large students are allowed to take a maximum of three courses with permission of the Program Director.
TRANSFER ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Students may apply up to 12 semester hours of graduate-level work from other regionally accredited institutions to their program of school counseling. A transfer student will follow the admission criteria described above (full and provisional). The following conditions apply to the acceptance of transfer credit.
1. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be accepted.
2. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited graduate school.
3. Appropriateness of coursework will be decided by the graduate Program Director at the time of the studentís application to the program.
4. Courses from outside the United States will be considered if they are evaluated as graduate level by the Commission of Accreditation of the American Council on Education.
TRANSFER OF CREDIT AFTER MATRICULATION
Students who are already matriculated at Lewis University and wish to transfer in a course must seek written approval from the chairperson or program director before the course is attempted. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be accepted. Students may transfer in up to 2 courses.
The student will be awarded the Master of Arts degree when he or she has:
1. Completed at least 40 hours of graduate study as stipulated below.
2. Successfully passed the comprehensive examination, which is normally attempted after 30 hours are completed.
3. Attained a GPA of 3.0 or above.
GRADE POINT REQUIREMENT
Any student admitted to the Graduate Counseling program whose GPA falls below 3.0 will automatically be placed on academic probation. If the condition of probation extends beyond two courses, the student will be dropped from the degree program. Students may continue to take courses under special circumstances at the discretion of the Program Director.
Only grades attained in Lewis University graduate courses will be used in determining the GPA. No more than two courses in which a grade of C is earned will count toward degree requirements. A grade of D will not count toward degree or certification requirements. A 3.00 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.
COURSE FORMATS AND CREDIT
Courses are offered in the evening, and workshops are offered on weekends, each semester and summer. The normal load for a full-time graduate student is three courses, or nine semester hours. For those who are employed full time, the normal semester load is two courses, or six semester hours.
Because practicum and internship courses are rarely completed in an academic calendar, incomplete grades in 27-581 and 27-591 will not turn into the grade of ďIFĒ after the first six weeks of the following semester. Incomplete grades in all other coursework follows the policy explained on page 13.
Students must complete all requirements within seven years from the time of completion of their first graduate course at Lewis University.
ENROLLMENT OF UNDERGRADUATES IN GRADUATE COURSES
Registration by undergraduates in graduate courses shall be limited to a maximum of two courses. The student must be within 16 credits of completing the bachelorís degree requirements, have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and have the approval of the School Counseling and Guidance Graduate Director.
Credit earned in a graduate course may be considered as graduate credit, or as undergraduate credit to be counted in the number of credits required for the baccalaureate degree. Credit earned in a graduate course may not be counted toward more than one degree.
Registration for graduate courses will be included on the studentís undergraduate registration form. It should be understood that credit earned in graduate courses completed while the student was an undergraduate will not necessarily be applicable to a graduate degree at Lewis University.
I. Core Courses (39)
27-505 Research in Counseling and Guidance (3)
27-511 Individual Appraisal (3)
27-512 Interviewing Skills (3)
27-520 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
27-522 Career Development Theory (3)
27-541 Psychopathology (3)
27-565 Group Therapy (3)
27-570 Principles and Methods of Counseling and Guidance (3)
27-576 Organization of Guidance Services (3)
54-577 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (3)
51-576 Social and Multicultural Foundations (3)
27-581 Practicum in Guidance (3)
27-591 Internship in Guidance (3)
II. Elective (1)
Students are required to take the one credit hour workshop: Counseling Issues in Special Education.
III. Additional requirements for those who lack a teaching certificate:
56-531 Classroom Management for School Counselors (3)
56-548 Educational Organization and Administration for Counselors (3)