Program Requirements

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Work in diverse populations and understand the culture of various school systems
  • Interpret psychological assessments to improve educational environment for the individual
  • Understand and analyze the effect of a student’s educational, social, or emotional problems in a school setting
  • Relate academic and theoretical learning in the five areas of comprehensive development school counseling

Field Experience

Students are required to complete nine credit hours of field experience which includes a one semester School Counseling Practicum (COUN 639) of 150 clinical hours and two semesters or six credit hours of internship (COUN 640) which totals 750 hours of work in PreK through 12 schools.

Prior to entry into the Practicum (COUN 639) and Internships Field Experience (COUN 640) phase of their program, students fulfill the following requirements:

  • Successfully pass the GACE Program Admission tests or provide evidence of exemption from tests. Exemption include, obtaining a SAT score of 1000 combined (Reading & Writing and Math); ACT composite score of 43; or GRE score of 1030 (verbal and quantitative) prior to August 1, 2011, or 279 (verbal and quantitative) after August 1, 2011.
  • Complete 19 semester hours as follows:
    • COUN 605 Group Techniques and Procedures (4 hours)
    • COUN 606 Counseling Skills and Techniques (3 hours)
    • COUN 612 Counseling Theory (3 hours)
    • COUN 618 Ethics and Professional Issues (3 hours)
    • COUN 631 Introduction to School Counseling (3 hours)
    • COUN 632 Leadership and Administration in School Counseling (3 hours)

For more information and for questions regarding field placement, please contact Kristin Doss, Director of Field Placement, at doss_kt@mercer.edu or 678.547.6331.

Program plan

Area I: Professional Studies (29 semester hours)
Required Courses
COUN 613 Cultural Perspectives in Counseling
COUN 614 Life Span Development
COUN 618 Ethics and Professional Issues
COUN 621 Research and Program Evaluation
COUN 630 Counseling Seminar
COUN 631 Introduction to School Counseling
COUN 632 Leadership and Administration in School Counseling
COUN 639 Practicum in School Counseling
COUN 640 School Internship 1
COUN 640 School Internship 2
COUN 644 Professional School Counseling Practice

Area II: Content and Related Studies (31 semester hours)
Required Courses
COUN 601 Career and Vocational Guidance
COUN 605 Group Counseling and Group Work
COUN 606 Counseling Skills and Techniques
COUN 608 Addictions Counseling
COUN 612 Counseling Theory
COUN 617 Assessment and Testing
COUN 623 Play Therapy
COUN 641 Theories of Family Counseling
COUN 642 Theories and Methodologies of Brief Therapy
COUN 643 Counseling for College Access and Career Readiness

Total Degree Requirements: 60 hours

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