Concentrations

Students admitted to the Department of Human Development Counseling prepare for a Master of Arts degree in Human Development Counseling and must complete a minimum of 61 semester hours of graduate credit.

Three concentrations are available within the Department: Community Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. The Community Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling concentrations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) with a structured 61-credit hour curriculum.

Students may choose one of the following concentrations:


COMMUNITY COUNSELING: This concentration prepares students to provide counseling and consulting services in a wide range of environments such as mental health, correctional, social welfare, rehabilitative and human relations agencies and institutions.

Required (39 semester hours)

  • HDC 501 Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling
  • HDC 511 Theories of Counseling
  • HDC 512 Pre-practicum
  • HDC 513 Techniques of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • HDC 515 Multicultural Counseling
  • HDC 521 Developmental Counseling
  • HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling
  • HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • HDC 533 Family Dynamics
  • HDC 543 Consultation and Crisis Intervention
  • HDC 546 Psychopathology and the DSM-IV-TR
  • HDC 575 Appraisal Techniques in Counseling
  • HDC 577 Research Methods

Required specialization courses (12 semester hours):

Students in the Community Counseling concentration will take:

  • HDC 542 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • HDC 544 Social Justice and Advocacy
  • Two HDC elective courses

Closure Course Requirements (1 semester hour):

  • HDC 585 Comprehensive Exam

Supervised clinical experience (9 semester hours):

  • HDC 587 Professional Experience: Practicum
  • HDC 590 Professional Experience: Internship

For additional information please contact the Community Counseling Concentration Co-Coordinators, Dr. Holly Thompson and Dr. Ann McCaughan.

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SCHOOL COUNSELING: This concentration prepares students to provide counseling and consulting services within elementary and secondary public and private educational settings.

Required (39 semester hours):

  • HDC 501 Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling
  • HDC 511 Theories of Counseling
  • HDC 512 Pre-practicum
  • HDC 513 Techniques of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • HDC 515 Multicultural Counseling
  • HDC 521 Developmental Counseling
  • HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling
  • HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • HDC 533 Family Dynamics
  • HDC 543 Consultation and Crisis Intervention
  • HDC 546 Psychopathology and the DSM-IV-TR
  • HDC 575 Appraisal Techniques in Counseling
  • HDC 577 Research Methods

Required specialization courses (12 semester hours):

  • HDC 531 Developmental School Counseling
  • HDC 535 Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Two HDC elective courses

Closure Course Requirements (1 semester hours):

  • HDC 585 Comprehensive Exam

Supervised clinical experience in an educational setting as defined above (9 semester hours):

  • HDC 587 Professional Experience: Practicum
  • HDC 590 Professional Experience: Internship

An alternative route toward School Counseling Type 73 Certification is available for students without teaching credentials. This route involves taking the following four courses (or equivalent courses) to fulfill required educational experiences:

  • TEP 201 Introduction to Education
  • TEP 222 Child Development for Teachers
    • or TEP 223 Adolescent Development for Teachers
    • or EDL 539 Adolescent Development and Learning
  • EDL 575 Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • TEP 315 Managing the Diverse Classroom

For additional information please contact the School Counseling Concentration Coordinator, Dr. Jim Klein.

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MARRIAGE, COUPLE AND FAMILY COUNSELING: This concentration prepares students to provide counseling and consulting services for clients of all ages who are perceived as members of systems.

Required (39 semester hours):

  • HDC 501 Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling
  • HDC 511 Theories of Counseling
  • HDC 512 Pre-practicum
  • HDC 513 Techniques of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • HDC 515 Multicultural Counseling
  • HDC 521 Developmental Counseling
  • HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling
  • HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • HDC 533 Family Dynamics
  • HDC 543 Consultation and Crisis Intervention
  • HDC 546 Psychopathology and the DSM-IV-TR
  • HDC 575 Appraisal Techniques in Counseling
  • HDC 577 Research Methods

Required specialization courses (12 semester hours):

  • HDC 534 Introduction to Family Therapy
  • HDC 537 Couples Counseling
  • HDC 545 Sexual Dysfunction and Family Violence
  • HDC 558 Theories of Family Counseling

Students enrolled in the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling concentration must complete a minimum of 120 hours of direct service in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling. Consultation with the MCFC Concentration Coordinator is required to ensure curricular and clinical experience requirements are met.

Closure Course Requirements (1 semester hours):

  • HDC 585 Comprehensive Exam

Supervised clinical experience (9 semester hours):

  • HDC 587 Professional Experience: Practicum
  • HDC 590 Professional Experience: Internship

For additional information please contact the Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling Concentration Co-Coordinators, Dr. Bill Abler and Dr. Tiffany Nielson.

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