Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT COUNSELING
Master of Arts
Faculty William Abler, Nancy Forth, Nithya Karuppaswamy,
Associated Faculty Judy Shipp
Emeritus Faculty Robert Crowley, James Pancrazio
Adjunct Faculty Charles Callahan, Karen Lee, Peggy Mayfield,
Martin Michelson, Leigh Steiner, Dolores Trello
Contact: (217) 206-6504
email@example.com or www.uis.edu/hdc/
human development counseling program offers three areas of study:
community counseling, marriage and family therapy, and school
counseling. These areas of study allow graduates to provide
counseling and consulting services at a professional level in a wide
variety of environments. Career options for graduates in the
community counseling/marriage and family areas include counseling in
mental health, correctional, social welfare, rehabilitative, and
human relations agencies, institutions, and environments. Study in
school counseling leads to elementary and secondary school counselor
certification that has Illinois State Board of Education approval.
Since opportunities for employment within each of these areas of
study vary widely, prospective students should consult an adviser
before choosing a career option.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
Educational Programs (CACREP) has accredited the following emphases
in this program: a) community counseling and b) school counseling.
Successful completion of the curriculum for either of these leads to
eligibility for national certification.
Students who are pursuing or have completed the M.A. degree may
develop an individualized course of study that may qualify them for
membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family
Therapy (AAMFT) and/or licensure as a marriage and family therapist.
This opportunity involves additional preparation beyond the M.A.
Admission prerequisites include courses in abnormal,
developmental, and social psychology/sociology and a grade-point
average of at least 3.00 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate
course work. Courses taken at the University of Illinois at
Springfield or elsewhere to fulfill these prerequisites may not be
applied toward the graduate degree. All prerequisites must be
completed before submitting an application to the program.
Personal references, an interview, and a supervised written essay
are required for admission to the program. Graduate Record Exam
scores are recommended. HDC faculty may require students to take
additional personality or vocational measures.
In addition to completing the UIS application process, interested
applicants should contact the HDC program office for program
applications. Necessary transcripts should be sent to Admissions,
along with a request that they be forwarded to HDC. To ensure
consideration for admission to degree status, all completed
application materials should be postmarked by October 15 or March
Full acceptance to the HDC program is based on evaluation of
admission requirements. Students who are not fully admitted may
register as special students for a maximum of 12 semester hours.
Participation in these courses, however, in no way guarantees
eventual acceptance into the program or acceptance of these hours
toward the graduate degree.
Admission and evaluation process
Admission is based on academic competence, interest, and/or
prior experience in the helping professions, as well as evidence of
personal characteristics and dispositions associated with success in
The HDC faculty has a professional and ethical responsibility to
engage in continual student evaluation and appraisal and to be aware
of a student's personal limitations that might impede future
performance. (See program policy on student evaluation process.) Any
student who does not meet the professional standards or requirements
of the HDC program may be removed from candidate/degree status in
the program according to specified procedures with rights of appeal.
(See program policy on removal from candidate/degree status.)
The advising relationship within the program is important, and
students should contact their advisers regularly. If students do not
choose a faculty adviser, an initial adviser will be assigned by the
program. Students who later decide to change advisers may complete a
Selection of Adviser form and return it to the Office of Records and
HDC program majors must obtain grades of B or better in HDC 501,
HDC 511, HDC 512, and HDC 513 and must maintain a GPA of at least
3.00. In other courses, a maximum of eight hours of C grades is
allowed when balanced by an equal number of hours of A.
In 400‑level courses, graduate students are expected to meet a
higher standard of performance than undergraduates and will be
required to complete additional assignments at the discretion of the
Expected professional competencies
Before graduating, degree candidates must demonstrate
competencies and dispositions related to personal development, such
as the ability to communicate effectively with others; professional
development, such as the ability to conceptualize client concerns
and to provide appropriate intervention through an individual or
group relationship; and social development, such as the ability to
participate as a team member.
In addition to these generic competencies, students are expected
to develop specific knowledge and skills needed for the client
populations with which, or for the settings in which, they intend to
work. Such specialized knowledge may be obtained through elective
course work and through projects designed to meet course
Each program course may contain an applied or experiential
component in addition to the didactic component, and some courses
specifically emphasize experiential learning. These courses require
application of professional skills in simulated and/or real
settings. Students should, therefore, expect to demonstrate
understanding of ethical behavior in the helping professions as well
as evidence of interaction skills with clients. All master's
candidates must be familiar with the HDC program's policy on
clinical experience and should consult their advisers about
satisfying its provisions. All degree candidates must demonstrate
graduate‑level performance in reading, writing, and speaking
A total of 50 semester hours is required for a master's degree
in human development counseling:
HDC 501 Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling
(must be taken first semester) 3 Hrs.
HDC 511 Theories of Counseling 3 Hrs.
HDC 512 Prepracticum 3 Hrs.
HDC 513 Techniques of Group Counseling and
Psychotherapy 3 Hrs.
HDC 515 Multicultural Counseling 3 Hrs.
HDC 521 Developmental Counseling 3 Hrs.
HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling 3 Hrs.
HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse 3 Hrs.
HDC 534 Introduction to Family Therapy 3 Hrs.
HDC 546 Psychopathology and the DSM-IV-TR 3 Hrs.
HDC 530 Community Counseling
(community counseling area) or
HDC 531 Developmental School Counseling
(school counseling area) or
HDC 558 Theories of Family Therapy
(family therapy area) 3 Hrs.
HDC 575 Appraisal Techniques in Counseling 3 Hrs.
HDC 577 Research Methods 3 Hrs.
HDC 580 Comprehensive Exam Preparation or
HDC 582 Research Colloquium: Master's Project 2 Hrs.
HDC 587 Professional Experience: Practicum 3 Hrs.
HDC 590 Professional Experience: Internship 6 Hrs.
Total 50 Hrs.
All course work should emphasize specialized knowledge and skills
needed for a particular setting or client population.
In addition to course requirements, students are required to
either complete a master's project demonstrating research mastery of
an area within human development counseling or to pass a
comprehensive examination that tests knowledge from the program's
required course work. Students must select which option they will
use to meet the closure requirement when they register for either
HDC 580 Comprehensive Examination Preparation or HDC 582 Research
Colloquium: Master's Project.
Once students register for either HDC 580 or HDC 582, they must
be continually enrolled each fall and spring semester in HDC 581
Comprehensive Exam Registration or HDC 583 Research Closure Exercise
(zero credit hours, one billable hour) -- with their adviser or
project supervisor's approval -- until completion of the closure
For students selecting the comprehensive examination process
option, completion of the closure requirement is satisfied once a
student completes HDC 580 Comprehensive Examination Preparation,
registers for the comprehensive exam (HDC 581), and passes the
examination. For students selecting the master's project option,
completion occurs when they pass HDC 582, and the project has been
completed, approved by the student's committee, and approved by the
chair of the program. Students must consult their advisers for
further information on the master's closure requirement options and
to obtain the adviser's signature on the closure option form.
COMMUNITY COUNSELING/MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
Students pursuing careers in community counseling or marriage
and family therapy should begin to explore relevant populations and
settings when enrolled in HDC 501. Course assignments thereafter
should be designed to develop knowledge and skills specific to the
emphasis chosen. In order to develop and demonstrate skills unique
to their selected areas of study, community counseling students must
take HDC 530 Community Counseling and marriage and family therapy
students must take HDC 558 Theories of Family Therapy. Clinical
experience placements for community and marriage and family therapy
students will take place in approved community agencies.
Students seeking certification by the American Association for
Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and licensure as marriage and
family therapists must take approximately 12 credit hours beyond the
50 required within the HDC master's program (one additional family
therapy course, two additional family studies courses, and HDC 545
Sexual Dysfunction, Substance Abuse, and Family Violence.)
Consultation with the MFT area coordinator is required to ensure
curricular and clinical experience requirements are met.
SCHOOL COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION
The HDC program is the only method by which a student may become
a certified school counselor through UIS. Certification in Illinois
for UIS students is based on endorsement by the HDC program.
In addition to the HDC core courses, an applicant seeking school
counselor certification (IL Type 73) must complete a course in
mental hygiene and/or personality dynamics (this can be met by the
abnormal psychology prerequisite), a practicum in a school setting,
a 600-hour internship (400 of which must be in a school setting with
both elementary and secondary students), and HDC 531 Developmental
School Counseling. Students must also pass tests of basic skills and
guidance administered through the Illinois Certification System.
Students who wish to pursue this course of study should contact the
school counseling area coordinator immediately upon application to