Master of Arts in Counseling (MA)

Faculty

Mark Aldridge, Program Director; Marcel Sargeant, Chair of the Department of Education and Psychology; Donna Berkner, Michael England.

Adjunct:  Elvin Gabriel, Jimmy Kijai, Juanita Reyes

Aims of the Graduate Couseling Programs

The Master of Arts in Counseling at Southwestern Adventist University is designed to develop and deliver a program that ensures the highest of counseling preparation and performance.  Southwestern is a recognized contributor in the field of counseling  through effective teaching, quality research, and meaningful service.  The University is committed to the advancement of counseling in the mental health and school environments, at all levels, and for all students, especially graduate Christian education within the Adventist system of values.

The objectives of the MA in Counseling program are

  1. To promote excellence in graduate education through exemplary teaching, research, practice, and service.
  2. To prepare competent counselors for both public and private mental health and school settings.
  3. To improve human cognitive, academic, physical, emotional, social development and performance.

Programs

Master of Arts degree in Counseling

  • School Counseling
  • Counseling Psychology

Degree Requirements

Core Courses

Required of all MA students.

EDUC  505 Philosophical Foundations of Education and Psychology 3
EDUC  525 Psychology of Learning 3
EDUC  535 Educational and Psychological Research 3
EDUC  555 Educational and Psychological Assessment and Diagnostic Techniques 3
EDPY   500 Life Span Development 3
EDPY  505 Professional Ethics 3
EDPY  510 Career Development 3
EDPY  515 Behavioral and Emotional Problems in Children and Adolescents 3
EDPY   520 Trends and Issues in Counseling and Education 3
EDPY 525 Exceptional Learners 3
EDPY  530 Multicultural Counseling 3
EDPY   535 Group Counseling 3
EDPY  540 Administration of Counseling and Guidance 3
EDPY  560 Personality Theories and Assessment 3
EDPY  575 Practicum 3
EDPY  585 Counseling Internship 3
Total Core: 48

Comprehensive Examination

Each student is required to successfully pass a comprehensive examination. Detailed information about the exam is provided by the Program Director.  The exam must be taken during the last semester before anticipated graduation.

Requirements by Concentration

School Counseling

Each student in School Counseling must complete at least 200 clock hours in an education settings during the Practicum; and a minimum of 100 clock hours with clients in a school setting during the Counseling Internship.  Students taking this concentration will take the State Board of Texas school counseling exam and complete other requirements to be certified.

Counseling Psychology

Each student in Counseling Psychology must complete at least 200 clock hours in a mental health setting during the Practicum; and a minimum of 100 clock hours with clients in a school setting during the Counseling Internship.  Students taking this concentration will take the National Counseling Exam and complete other requirement to be licensed.

Counseling Courses

EDPY 500 - Life Span Development (3 hours)

A study of human development throughout the life span which focuses on the physical, cognitive, emotional and personality development with the context of basic developmental theories.

EDPY 505 - Professional Ethics (3 hours)

An overview of ethical and legal issues related to counseling in different settings. Topics include professional responsibilities, competency, duty to warn, confidentiality, professional relationships, and professional licensing standards and procedures.

EDPY 510 - Career Development (3 hours)

A study of career development counseling with emphasis on identifying trends and issues in career choice and placement.  Attention will be given to appropriate assessment tools utilized within educational settings.

EDPY 515 - Behavioral and Emotional Problems in Children and Adolescents (3 hours)

A study of the nature of behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents and conceptual approaches to them; methods and rationale for assessment; major causal factors; and characteristics of disorders.

EDPY 520 - Trends and Issues in Counseling and Education (3 hours)

A survey of professional issues in counseling and education including the roles, functions, and identity of educational systems and counseling, the theory and process of education and counseling, and guidance, consultation, and current trends in legal and ethical maters from a variety of perspectives.

EDPY 525 - Exceptional Learners (3 hours)

A comprehensive examination of psychological problems related to students with special needs. Study will include the characteristics, assessment, admission, review, and dismissal processes for students with special needs requiring individualized or special programs.  A practicum is required in this class where students will be required to be in a special needs classroom and a regular classroom with special needs students for a total of 12 clock hours.

EDPY 530 - Multicultural Counseling (3 hours)

The course will provide students with an overview of counseling skills, techniques, and information necessary to become competent in working with multicultural clients.  Students will be encouraged to develop self-awareness of culture as well as awareness of many other cultures.

EDPY 535 - Group Counseling (3 hours)

A study of the philosophy and functions of guidance and administration in counseling. This course also addresses the development, implementation and overall assessment of counseling programs.

EDPY 540 - Administration of Counseling and Guidance (3 hours)

Course is designed to increase the student's understanding and application of traditional and current techniques of educational and psychology assessment.  Special attention is given to principles, applications, and issues in educational and psychological testing.

EDPY 560 - Personality Theories and Assessment (3 hours)

A study of the major theories of personality development including a look at major traits and characteristics associated with these personalities.  Emphasis in treatment and assessment techniques and applications.  Identification of personality styles within school environments are highlighted.

EDPY 575 - Practicum (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Completion of 21 hours in the program.

Supervised experience in school or mental health counseling.   The student will complete a minimum of 300 clock hours.  See Program Handbook for additional information.

EDPY 585 - Counseling Internship (3 hours)

Prerequisite:    EDPY 575

Supervised counseling experience in a school or mental health setting.  Supervision provided by an appropriately licensed counselor.  The student will complete a minimum of 120 clock hours of direct contact with clients.  See Program Handbook for additional information.