Counseling and Personnel Services (MEd)

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Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services (CPSMED)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Counseling and Human Development 
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/education/degrees/med-cps

Program Information

The MEd in Counseling and Personnel Services is designed to prepare prospective professionals in a variety of counseling areas: 

  • Art Therapy
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • College Student Personnel
  • Counseling Psychology
  • School Counseling and Guidance.

Theory and practice are critically important components of the program.  Students are required to pursue a logical sequence of study that permits a well-balanced preparation in theory, research, and field experience.

Mission

The mission of the M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services is to prepare scholar practitioners for counseling roles in which they contribute to society in a variety of professional positions. Our graduates support principles of social justice, fairness, and equity in their work; proactively promote the welfare of those they serve; and engage in a lifelong process of educational and professional renewal.  

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

  • The minimum requirement for admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Minimum overall GPA of 2.75, or 2.75 on the last 60 undergraduate hours, is required. Applicants are required to submit all official transcripts from all colleges attended as verification of coursework and degree(s).

    Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.

    Please have transcripts sent to:
    School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY 40292

    If transcripts are sent electronically,
    please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm@louisville.edu

  • Each applicant is required to submit at least (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities and potential. Please list the email addresses for two recommenders in the online application. Recommenders will receive instructions and forms that they will complete online.
  • Prospective students must submit a professional goal statement [PDF]  not to exceed 750 words. Please upload the cover sheet (see link) along with your goal statement, to the online application.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants from countries in which English is not the native language. Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
  • Submission of GRE scores is required. Students may be admitted based upon the strength of the other components in their application package (undergraduate and graduate GPAs, letters of recommendation, professional goal statement, and work experience). Please note: when submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the website of the specialization area of interest below for further information about suggested GPA and GRE score requirements, application deadlines, and other specific information related to that specialization area.

Degree Requirements

Core Professional Area
ELFH 600Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics 13
ECPY 540Evaluation and Measurement in Education3
ECPY 605Human Development3
ECPY 619Empirical and Theoretical Foundations of Counseling and Psychotherapy3
ECPY 629Theories and Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy (OR)3
or ECPY 630 Theories and Techniques of School Counseling
or ECPY 661 Theories of College Student Development
ECPY 650Group Process and Practice3
ECPY 663Multicultural and Diversity Issues3
ECPY 670Career Counseling3
ECPY 730Social, Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling3
Mid-Point Assessment
ECPY 672Practicum in Clinical Mental Heath Counseling (OR) 2 and 33
or ECPY 673 Practicum in Counseling Psychology
or ECPY 674 Practicum in School Counseling
or ECPY 676 Practicum in Art Therapy
or ECPY 681 Internship in College Student Personnel Services
One of the following Concentrations:12-30
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (30 hours)
School Counseling (18 hours)
College Student Personnel (12 hours)
Counseling Psychology (30 hours)
Minimum Total Hours42-60

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

General Requirement: Undergraduate prerequisite: Course in abnormal psychology 1
ECPY 621Differential Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling3
ECPY 626Consultation3
ECPY 640Assessment Methods for Counselors3
ECPY 682Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
ECPY 682Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
ECPY 601Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
ECPY 639Prevention & Treatment of Substance Abuse3
ELFH 601Applied Statistics3
Professional Electives6
Minimum Total Hours30
 

CACREP and Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors Curriculum Guidelines:

CACREP requires that 600 hours be completed during the internships.

  1. The helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice
  2. Human growth and development
  3. Lifestyle and career development
  4. Group dynamics, process, counseling, and consulting
  5. Assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals
  6. Social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues
  7. Principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior
  8. Research and evaluation
  9. Professional orientation and ethics

Degree assessment:  All program coursework must be completed with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

School Counseling (P-12)

ECPY 624Foundations of School Counseling3
ECPY 626Consultation3
ECPY 639Prevention & Treatment of Substance Abuse3
ECPY 640Assessment Methods for Counselors3
ECPY 684Internship in School Counseling3
ECPY 684Internship in School Counseling3
Minimum Total Hours18

Notes: ECPY 674 Practicum in School Counseling must be applied for by March 1 for Fall term and October 1 for Spring term.

  1. Students must earn at least a B in ECPY 630 to be eligible to enroll in ECPY 674 Practicum in School Counseling
  2. For school counseling certification, a grade of “B” or better is required in ECPY 674 and ECPY 684
  3. All students must have liability insurance prior to taking practicum.
  4. At any point after admission, the faculty reserve the right to review a student’s fitness on the basis of personal characteristics, for continuing in the counseling or student personnel program. Such a review shall be initiated upon written recommendation of two faculty members and shall consist of a review of the student’s academic result in a recommendation to the Dean for (1) continuation of the student in the program, (2) continuation for a specified provisional period with specific conditions for continuation thereafter, or (3) dismissal from the program.
  5. The program requires the acceptable completion of a program portfolio.
  6. The CEHD will be able to recommend the Provisional license and verify completion of coursework for the Standard license, for program completers.  In addition, program completers must document at least one year of experience to the KY Education Professional Standards Board to be eligible for the Standard license.
  7. Kentucky certified teachers who hold a Rank II will be eligible for a Rank I upon completion of this program.
  8. This program must be totally completed and degree awarded to apply for a rank change with the state of Kentucky.

Exit Requirements:  To complete the program, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  No credit shall be accepted for carrying a grade lower than "C."  This program requires the acceptable completion of a program portfolio.

College Student Personnel

College Student Personnel Concentration (9 hours)
ECPY 681Internship in College Student Personnel Services3
ELFH 682The Organization and Administration of Higher Educational Institutions3
ECPY 695Capstone Seminar in College Personnel Work3
Professional Elective3
Minimum Total Hours12

Degree Assessment: All program coursework must be completed with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology Concentration (24 hours)
ECPY 611Learning Systems: Theory and Practice3
ECPY 621Differential Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling3
ECPY 648Psychological Assessment I3
ECPY 649Psychological Assessment II3
ECPY 673Practicum in Counseling Psychology 13
ECPY 683Internship in Counseling Psychology 13
ECPY 775Biological Bases of Behavior3
ELFH 601Applied Statistics3
Professional Electives6
Minimum Total Hours30

Degree Assessment: All program coursework with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Footnote:  1 600 hours of field placement are required during the combination of ECPY 673, ECPY 680, and ECPY 683; 6 full psychological assessments are required during the combination of ECPY 673, ECPY 680, and ECPY 683

Art Therapy

General Requirement: Undergraduate prerequisite includes 18 credit hours in studio art and 15 credit hours in psychology.
 
Students admitted to the Art Therapy Program who have not completed prerequisites of 15 hours in Psychology and 18 credit hours in Studio Art must do so within the first year of study.
Art Therapy Concentration (24 hours)
ECPY 621Differential Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling3
ECPY 632Clinical Art Therapy I: Theories3
ECPY 633Clinical Art Therapy II: Assessment and Practice3
ECPY 638Group Art Therapy Techniques3
ECPY 677Research in Art Therapy and Counseling3
ECPY 641Applied Methods in Art Therapy3
ECPY 643Field Studies in Art Therapy3
ECPY 676Practicum in Art Therapy 13
Professional Electives6
from the educational areas designated in Curriculum Guidelines for LPAT and ATR, including but not limited to:
Grief and Medical Counseling in Art Therapy
Art for Children with Special Needs
Graduate Seminar in Educational and Counseling Psychology
Minimum Total Hours30
 
Degree Assessment: All program coursework with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 
 
American Art Therapy Associate (AATA) Educational Standards
  1. History and theory of art therapy
  2. Techniques of practice in art therapy
  3. Applications of art therapy with people in different treatment settings
  4. Group work
  5. Art therapy assessment
  6. Ethical and legal issues of art therapy practice
  7. Standards of practice in art therapy
  8. Cultural and social diversity

Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors Curriculum Guidelines: 3

  1. The helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice
  2. Human growth and development
  3. Lifestyle and career development
  4. Group dynamics, process, counseling, and consulting
  5. Assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals
  6. Social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues
  7. Principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior
  8. Research and evaluation
  9. Professional orientation and ethics.