Curriculum: School Counseling, M.S.

Major Requirements

Foundations Credits:
EDCO 600 Introduction to School Counseling 3
Candidates are introduced to the role of the school counselor and the relationship of the school counseling program to the educational mission of school. Topics addressed include: 21st Century perspectives and practices for School Counseling, multicultural and diversity issues, and counseling theory as applied to children and adolescents in school settings. Initial school counseling skill development will focus on problem solution, brief counseling, and cognitive behavior approaches. Candidates will explore the school counselor's work in the context of leadership, advocacy, collaboration, consultation, coordination of services, multiculturalism and working with diverse student populations, technology and the use of data to inform decisions. Included in this course are the modules required for the NYS Child Abuse Reporting and Prevention certificate and for Project SAVE. The course requires ten hours of field experience.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 601 Human Development 3
Candidates will study human growth and development from birth through death. The course focuses on the physical, cognitive, social, personality, and emotional development as a series of progressive changes resulting from the interactions of biological, psychological and sociological forces within the environment. Special emphasis is placed upon the development characteristics of school aged youth within a multicultural and diverse society. The course also and takes an in depth look at theory, research and applications in the areas of learner development. Included in this course will be five hours of practicum experience and direct involvement with practicing counselors in a school site or community based organization.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 615 Foundations of Counseling 3
Candidates will examine the philosophical and theoretical foundations of counseling theory and practice, as well as how these are applied to prevention, development, empowerment, and change of individuals. In this course, candidates will explore the process, development, and acquisition of basic counseling knowledge and skills appropriate in the delivery of human services through the helping of relationships. Counseling approaches are examined within the respective fields of school and mental health with an emphasis on multicultural issues, future trends, and the integration and application of counseling theories. Counseling practices related to specific theoretical orientations will be presented and discussed.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 705 Career Counseling and Lifestyles Development 3
Theories of occupational choice, career development, and social mobility will be reviewed within the context of national, state, or regional economic development. Occupational information will be considered from the point of view of the individual as well as from the standpoint of manpower needs for industrial and economic development. Students also will be exposed to some of the standard tests, procedures and principles of guidance followed in vocational counseling.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 12 Credits
 
Core Knowledge and Skills Courses Credits:
EDCO 620 Group Counseling, Leadership, and Facilitation Skills 3
Candidates will acquire knowledge and experience with methods, materials, leadership skills and counseling techniques appropriate for group work in a school setting. Principles and practices of group counseling, group dynamics, group leadership and group processes with students and parents will be taught and utilized. The course will specifically address group counseling and group guidance approaches for promoting academic, career and personal/social success for all students. Candidates will learn to plan, organize, facilitate and evaluate success of small groups within the educational setting. Examples of group work would include: support, life skills, career planning and exploration, peer pressure, motivation, grief/loss, friendship and study skills. Ethical consideration in group work with all children and adolescents, including under served and underrepresented populations will be addressed utilizing the ASCA and ACA Code of Ethics. The course requires ten hours of field experience.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Take EDCO 600 and EDCO/MHCO 615
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 635 Consultation: School and Community 3
School counselor education candidates acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to function as a consultant, a primary function of the school counselor. A comprehensive model of school consultation will be presented and the candidate will implement this model in a school setting with classroom teachers and pupil services personnel, and additionally with community agency staff. Particular emphasis will be placed on consultation with parents, teachers, and mental health providers in the schools and in community based organizations. Candidates will learn to select appropriate strategies for use with diverse populations including families and school and community agency staff. This course requires ten hours of field experience.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 640 School Counseling Programs Development and Implementation 3
Candidates will acquire the content and process for the implementation of 21st century school counseling programs that are comprehensive, developmental in design and based on the national standards for school counseling programs. Through the use of needs assessments, school report cards, high school profiles and other achievement and student based data, candidates will identify elementary, middle and high school priorities for their school counseling programs. Consultation and collaboration models will be used to integrate the educational reform agenda, the NYS Learning Standards, and student skills and knowledge with school counseling program priorities, strategies and accountability. Candidates benefit from working closely with school counseling practitioners to gain an understanding of professional identity. This course requires ten hours of field experience.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 650 Social Justice, Diversity, and Cultural Issues 3
Candidates will explore and develop strategies for interacting and working with diverse communities as identified by race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion. Candidates will identify and demonstrate strategies and skills for promoting student success through culturally sensitive advising, consulting and counseling with emphasis on strategies for optimizing academic achievement, career development and personal success. Methods for positively impacting social, cultural, diversity and equity issues, including the possible effects of culture, race stereotyping, family, socio economic status, gender, sexual identity, language and values on student development and progress in the school setting will be addressed throughout the course. Course content/methodology will emphasize small group activities, collaboration, use of data to create equity for all students, and opportunities to take an active role in supporting all students. This course requires ten hours of field experience.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 725 School Violence Prevention and Student Behavior Management 3
Candidates will explore the issues of student behavior that results in violent and aggressive actions. The development of violent tendencies is examined, including the medical/biological, psychological and social theories of aggression and violence. Particular focus is placed on understanding the risk factors of aggression and violence within regular, special education and inclusion classrooms. Candidates explore the current approaches to intervention with at risk students, and discuss prevention strategies that can be implemented in regular, special education and inclusion classes in order to minimize the risk of violence. The legal issues involved are presented to help candidates understand the role of school personnel in minimizing risk to students and staff, and also intervening with those students in regular, special education and inclusion classes who are at risk for violent and aggressive behavior. As part of the curriculum, each participant will develop a Crisis Intervention and Prevention Plan as a potential model that can be implemented within a school district/building.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 810 Research, Assessment, and Technology 3
This course has three major objectives. The first is to develop an awareness of the various research methodologies commonly employed in educational research and in the social sciences. Included in this are types of data collection, data analysis, interpretation, and corresponding generalization of findings. Second, the course is intended to help the student become a better consumer and critic of the research as reported in the literature. Third, the student will become familiar with the research and related literature in their particular specialization and technology. This is an introductory survey course with major emphasis on the types of empirical research methods, procedures, instrumentation, and other forms of data collection, as well as analysis associated with quantitative and qualitative research.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3.
EDCO 835 Educational Law, Policy, and Ethics 3
This course is a survey of the ethical, legal, and professional issues facing the school counselor. School counselors function in an environment regulated by state and federal laws, course decisions, certification and school board rules. Using case scenarios, students will explore and demystify some of the legal complexities of counseling minors in schools by resolving these cases through the application of the ASCA and ACA codes of ethic, federal law, case law, state statues, community standards and school board rules. Counselors will increase their understanding and applications of laws and the ASCA and ACA codes of ethics and standards of practice to situations that have occurred in the context of school, and further the protection of the students, parents, and the counselor. Professional issues such as staff development, professional organization, and advocacy for the profession will also be examined.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 870 Field Practicum and Seminar1 3
The field practicum experience provides candidates with direct experience in a school setting consistent with the candidate's area of specialization. Candidates will work with students/clients under supervision in both individual and group settings and demonstrate knowledge and application of counseling theories and techniques. This one semester course requires 100 hours of supervised counseling practice, weekly consultations with the field clinical supervisor and participation in a weekly seminar.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 665 The Special Needs Student 3
Candidates will become knowledgeable with an overview of the special needs student in today's schools and with the knowledge and skills to better advocate on behalf of students and their families. Candidates will have the opportunity to explore a variety of exceptionalities to include: communication disorders, learning and emotional disabilities, mental retardation, conduct and behavioral disorders, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injuries, hearing and vision impairments, gifted and talented, ADD/ADHD and challenges faced by language minority students. Candidates will become familiar with the criteria for Special Education as presented in IDEA, in the NYS Part 200 Commissioner's Regulations and in Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act. Issues of diversity and multicultural considerations will be addressed as they apply to student referral and placement within the educational setting.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
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EDCO 671 Post Secondary Transitions and College Counseling 3
Through a mixed methods approach of readings, class activities, and interactions with professionals in the field, school counselor candidates will acquire the knowledge and skills to assist students to choose from a wide range of post secondary options, including college. Class discussions and activities will include: developmental approaches to preparing K-12 students to be "career and college ready"; college counseling; equity and access to equal education opportunities; ethical decision making; pre-college guidance and counseling curriculum; technology applications for post secondary and college search; college entrance testing; scholarships and financial aid; preparing letters of recommendation; and assisting high school seniors for the transition after graduation.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 27 Credits
1 Practicum=100 hours of supervised counseling experiences
 
Electives (select one, with approval of advisor) Credits:
EDCO 605 Theories of Personality 3
This course includes systematic examination of the historical and theoretical accounts normal and abnormal personality syndromes, including research, and explores the factors underlying personality development and adjustment.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
MHCO 620 Interpersonal Communication 3
Explores theories of interpersonal relations, issues in interpersonal relations, and research in interpersonal relations, person perception, methods of analyzing interpersonal relations in literature.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 625 Community Psychology 3
This is an introductory course to an emerging area in psychology and builds on concepts from sociology, anthropology, and environmental, clinical and social psychology. The course will cover the origins of community psychology surveying its distinctive and substantive concepts. We will study the psychological concept of community focusing on the community institutions and resources which facilitate or inhibit healthy psychological functioning. Such major topics as community mental health, the educational system and the criminal justice system will be discussed.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 630 Clinical Assessment 3
This course will expose candidates to the logic and process of assessment of individuals and interpersonal dynamics including such standard techniques as interview procedures, systematic observation, psychological testing, and case studies. Interaction of assessment data and theory will be considered. (Equivalent to MHCO 630.)
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 631 Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Abuse with Families, Communities, and Schools 3
Substance Abuse with Families, Communities, and Schools. This course focuses on the prevention and education of drug and alcohol abuse regarding adolescents, young adults, and adults. The course addresses primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention approaches for individuals, communities and school districts. Candidate learning will focus on both risk and protective factors in the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Concepts such as adolescent drug culture, parent drug culture, patterns and trends, and current research based statistics are discussed. Principles of effectiveness for the development of drug and alcohol prevention and education programs are included. The assessment and treatment of families is highlighted. (Equivalent to MHCO 631.)
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 645 Technology Literacy for School Counselors 3
This course provides school counselors with the technical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to integrate technology into their work with today's students and their families. Topics for the course include: locating, interpreting and using Internet information (e­mail, WWW, newsgroups, mailing lists, chats); using databases to monitor student progress and promote academic achievement; creating and maintaining a school counseling website; creating and hosting on­line forums for students and families; creating presentations using specialized presentation software; evaluating software and hardware; creating a technology plan for the school counseling department and program; addressing the legal and ethical issues related to the use of technology and the Internet by students; and using technology to monitor student progress and identify areas that require efforts for improvement. Additionally, school counselors will become familiar with web sites and technology resources to support career awareness and development and the post secondary planning process.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
EDCO 647 Group Dynamics 3
A survey, study and evaluation of the various methods and techniques of small group interaction. Emphasis will be placed on the application of group dynamics to such practical activities as psychotherapy, vocational adjustment, cooperative community action, business and industrial brain storming, and the alleviation of such problems as criminal recidivism, alcoholism and drug addiction, and social alienation. (Equivalent to MHCO 647.)
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 655 Contemporary Issues and Practices in Education and School Counseling 3
Candidates will acquire knowledge and understanding regarding their role as an educator in the American educational system. The current educational reform agenda including academic learning standards, curriculum, instruction, leadership, organizational structure, school culture and school climate will be addressed. The course will explore models of the change process and its impact on educators. Candidates will explore current issues facing educators and school counselors and develop models that promote collaboration and team work among education professionals, home, and community and address the needs diverse student populations. This course requires 10 hours of field experience.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-3-3
EDCO 680 Counseling and Cultural Competence in a Global Society 3
Counselor cultural competency is essential to successfully meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population in the American educational system. Through a mixed methods approach of cultural immersion, readings, class activities, participation in cultural organizations, and forums with cultural and educational leaders, candidates will plan and strategize methods by which school counselors recognize cultural differences, acquire strategies to collaborate with families, and equalize educational experiences for every student within a school setting. Candidates will experience engagement with different cultural groups and seek to broaden their world view and global perspective through these interactions. Candidates will develop contemporary socio­cultural viewpoints on student achievement and educational equity and access. Course topics will address cultural differences and counseling theory, ethnicity and race, learning ability and disability, gender influences, immigration and assimilation, student educational aspirations and the influence of school counselor leadership and collaboration.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-3-3
EDCO 685 Cultural Mediation for Counselors and Educators 3
Cultural similarities and differences can influence the theory and practice of mediation. Through rigorous analysis, real-time applications, and technology resources, candidates will develop skills in effective facilitative problem-solving mediation that respectfully incorporates the impact of culture and cultural differences on conflict and its resolution. Candidates will engage in an overview of mediation philosophies, approaches, principles, and ethical guidelines which complement counseling and educational program philosophies and interventions. Candidates will focus on developing intercultural competence including acquiring strategies for responding appropriately to people of diverse backgrounds. Course topics will guide participants to explore their personal relationship to conflict, culture, and intervention in order to bridge communication challenges and disputes impacted by cultural considerations.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 703 Crisis Intervention 3
Examines the history and development of crisis intervention and short term therapy. Discusses therapeutic objectives, classification and diagnosis Investigates various techniques and settings in which crisis intervention and short term therapy are practiced. Topics include: suicide and suicide prevention; hotline centers; drop in counseling centers ; substance abuse crisis counseling; dealing with family crisis; understanding developmental crises such as bereavement and divorce; the use of paraprofessionals in crisis counseling. (Equivalent to MHCO 703.)
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
EDCO 707 Advanced Career Counseling 3
Candidates will acquire advanced knowledge of the counseling relationship in the context of career guidance systems. The course will combine class and field experience in the areas of career assessment, computerized career planning and design of career planning services. The course work incorporates diverse media sources and current events with hands-on casework and the design of career development workshops.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: EDCO 705
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 709 Advanced Studies in Workforce Development 3
Candidates will apply counseling theory and skills to facilitate comprehensive career program development with diverse populations. Candidates will evaluate current and emerging job market trends, how they impact the workforce, and how they relate to job search techniques. Candidates will conduct in depth evaluations of local, regional and national sources of labor market information and how they can be effectively integrated into appropriate career counseling. Field-based experiences with clients, individually and in groups, will be integrated with classroom activities.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: EDCO 707
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 710 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3
This course will present a survey of the theory and practice underlying the mental health practitioners delivery of clinical services to multicultural populations.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 758 Motivation Theory 3

EDCO 770 Etiology and Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Abuse I 3
This is the first of two courses that cover etiological and treatment issues and knowledge regarding substance abuse and addiction. It has two primary content areas. The first is to teach candidates the different models available to understand and treat substance abuse. Candidates will be assisted in integrating these models into a biopsychosocial approach to understanding and treating abuse and addiction. The second major content area is the beginning phase of treatment of individual with substance abuse problems. Primary learning foci will be on assessment and diagnosis of these disorders and on working with the denial that often accompanies these problems. Candidates will also develop knowledge about how to do motivational interviewing, develop treatment plans, and differentiate among the different treatment modalities available.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: EDCO 615
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
EDCO 771 Etiology and Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Abuse II 3
This is the second of two courses that cover etiological and treatment issues and knowledge regarding substance abuse and addiction. It builds on learning from EDCO/HREL 770 and continues the sequential study of the treatment process of abuse and addiction into the middle and termination phases. The major counseling themes in these phases will be learned. Integrating professional treatment with self help group participation will be studied. Candidates will learn how to treat substance abusers who have other serious coexisting disorders. Counter transference and other personal/attitudinal issues triggered by working with abusers and addicts will be explored. Other contemporary practice issues in substance abuse treatment will be identified and discussed.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: EDCO 770
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
EDCO 775 Pharmacology, Epidemiology, and Research in Alcohol and Substance Abuse 3
This course enables candidates to understand how drugs impact the body and influence the individual user's experience with the drug. Candidates will become familiar with key concepts and pharmacological, biological, psychological, and social factors in drug and alcohol use will be important foci for learning. Concepts such as route of administration, drug distribution through the body to organs, tissues, and cells via body fluids, site of action, drug metabolism, drug elimination, tolerance, psychological dependency, physical dependency, cross dependency, cross tolerance, drug combinations, drug potentiation, and the rebound effect in the ingestion of drugs and alcohol will be highlighted throughout the course. Candidates will learn to identify and distinguish among drug use, abuse and addiction.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
EDCO 780 Human Sexuality 3
This course is a survey of the theory of human sexuality and the application of this theory to the understanding of human behavior in a variety of settings, both clinical and social. Topics covered include sexual anatomy and physiology, sexual orientation, sexual behaviors, sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, sexuality through the life span. Also addressed are current issues that impact sexuality and society including gender roles, birth control, abortion, sexual coercion, and the relationship between alcohol and substance abuse and decision-making and communication.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: EDCO 601
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
EDCO 820 Play Therapy I 3
This introductory course will provide an opportunity for completing professional certification and professional development for our alumni, school counselors, mental health counselors, psychologists, and social workers within the community. This course would also serves as the initial building block for professionals and NYIT candidates to become a Registered Play Therapist. This will be the first of two courses that will cover the required instruction and experiential activities required by the Association for Play Therapy for credentialing. This course covers the basics such as history, the original play theoretical orientation materials, and basic skills. This course is not offered with the metropolitan New York City areas. The nearest university offering it is SUNY-Oswego. The other opportunities to take this course are available from various online continuing education organizations.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: EDCO 615
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 821 Play Therapy II 3
The Play Therapy II course will serve as an elective for current candidates. It will also provide an opportunity for completing professional certification and professional development for our alumni, school counselors, mental health counselors, psychologists, and social workers within the community. This course would also serve as the second building block for professionals and NYIT candidates to become a Registered Play Therapist. This will be the second of two courses that will cover the required instruction and experiential activities required by the Associating for Play Therapy for credentialing. This course covers advanced concepts such as modern theories and current empirically supported advanced approaches with children. This course is not offered within the metropolitan New York City areas. The nearest university offering it is SUNY-Oswego. The other opportunities to take this course are available from various online continuing education organizations.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: EDCO 615 and EDCO 801
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 3 Credits
 
Internship Credits:
EDCO 730 Internship: Academic/Career/Personal Social Development - Part I 3
This course is the first half of a two part cumulative experience, which extends for a full school year. Included in the course will be application of knowledge, skills and attitudes gained from previous courses (e.g. research, ethics/law). This internship experience is designed to provide the school counseling candidate with direct experience in the school setting working with students and faculty. Candidates will conduct individual, group and classroom activities to support academic success based upon the National Standards for School Counseling Programs. Candidates will use school data to identify student needs, select/develop measurable competencies that support identified needs and implement strategies. Under the direction of the school counselor supervisor, the candidate will consult with students and faculty on academic, career, and person social issues. This course requires 300 hours of structured field experience and participation in a weekly seminar.
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
EDCO 740 Internship: Academic/Career/Personal Social Development - Part II 3
This course is the second half of a two part cumulative experience, which extends for a full school year. Included in the course will be application of knowledge, skills and attitudes gained from previous courses (e.g. research, ethics/law). This internship experience is designed to provide the school counseling candidate with direct experience in the school setting working with students and faculty. Candidates will conduct individual, group and classroom activities to provide career development experiences based upon the National Standards for School Counseling Programs. Candidates will use school data to identify student needs, select/develop measurable competencies that support identified needs and implement strategies. Under the direction of the school counselor supervisor, the candidate will consult with students and faculty on academic, career, and personal social issues. This course requires 300 hours of structured field experience and participation in a weekly seminar.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: EDCO 730
Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 6 Credits
With department approval, candidates may accrue up to 100 hours of internship experience in the summer semester prior to registration in EDCO 730.
 
Total Required Credits: 48 credits