Counseling and Personnel Services (MEd)

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Admission Requirements

Prospective students must submit an online application for admission to the Graduate School.

For unconditional admission, a minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 is required.  The GRE test is no longer required for admission to the MEd in Counseling and Personnel Service degree program.

Requirements for Admission in Good Standing:

  1. GPA of 2.75.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors familiar with their work.
  3. Professional Goal Statement: The Admissions Committee evaluates applications based on how an applicant's goals,  professional experiences, and commitment to education are an appropriate fit with this program.
  4. Resume.

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

Degree Requirements

Core Professional Area
LEAD 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 INTERNSHIP I in Art Therapy
or ECPY 681 Internship in College Student Personnel Services
One of the following Concentrations:12-30
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (30 credit hours)
School Counseling (18 credit hours)
College Student Personnel (12 credit hours)
Counseling Psychology (30 credit hours)
Minimum Total Hours42-60
1

LEAD 600 must be taken within the first nine (9) credit hours.

2

Prior to ECPY 672 Practicum in Clinical Mental Heath Counseling, students must complete ECPY 629 with a minimum grade of B.

3

At least 700 hours of field placement must be completed during the practicum and two internships including at least 280 direct service hours. CACREP requires that 600 hours be completed during the internships.

MEd in Counseling and Personnel Services Concentrations


Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Academic Plan Code(s): CPS_MEDMHC

General Requirement: Undergraduate prerequisite: Course in abnormal psychology
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
LEAD 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)

Academic Plan Code(s): CPS_MEDCSC

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 (no C-minus).  This program requires the acceptable completion of a program portfolio.


College Student Personnel

Academic Plan Code(s): MPC_MEDSTP

College Student Personnel Concentration (9 hours)
ECPY 681Internship in College Student Personnel Services3
LEAD 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 680Practicum in Psychological Assessment 13
ECPY 683Internship in Counseling Psychology 13
ECPY 775Biological Bases of Behavior3
LEAD 601Applied Statistics3
Professional Electives6
Minimum Total Hours30

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

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600 hours of field placement are required during the combination of ECPY 673ECPY 680, and ECPY 683; 4 full psychological assessments are required during the combination of ECPY 673ECPY 680, and ECPY 683


Art Therapy

Academic Plan Code(s): CPS_MEDET

General Requirement: Undergraduate prerequisite includes eighteen (18) credit hours in studio art and fifteen (15) credit hours in psychology. Students admitted to the Art Therapy Program who have not completed prerequisites of fifteen (15) hours in Psychology and eighteen (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 643Practicum in Art Therapy-Counseling3
ECPY 678Internship II in Art Therapy-Counseling3
Professional Electives6
from the educational areas designated in Curriculum Guidelines for LPAT and ATR, including but not limited to:
Grief Counseling
Art for Children with Special Needs
Graduate Seminar in Educational and Counseling Psychology
ECPY 644Introduction to Sandtray3
Minimum Total Hours33
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 

  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.
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At least 700 hours of field placement must be completed during field studies and two practicums. 10 hours per week are required during field studies. No less than 20 hours per week are required during the two practicums.

 

The Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services program and all related concentration areas prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure.  If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree. 

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