NOTE: The Graduate Program in Counseling is based on the standards identified within the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model.

Master of Science (M.S.) with a Major in School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health (36 credits)

All degree candidates are required to take the following required courses and choose one track:

NOTE: For those students from states outside of Nebraska, without teaching certificates, COU 617 Practicum I and COU 618 Practicum II are required.

Required Courses
COU 600Professional Orientation to School Counseling1
COU 601Ethical Guidelines for School Counselors1
COU 602Introduction to the ASCA Model of School Counseling1
COU 603Action Research in School Counseling3
COU 604Issues in Child and Adolescent Development for School Counselors3
COU 605Individual and Program Assessment in School Counseling3
COU 606Theoretical Perspectives in School Counseling1
COU 607Data-Driven Perspectives in School Counseling1
COU 608Career Perspectives for Children and Adolescents1
COU 609Individual Planning and Counseling Techniques for School Counselors3
COU 660Group Counseling Approaches for Children and Adolescents - Group Dynamics1
COU 661Group Counseling Approaches for Children and Adolescents-Classroom Guidance1
COU 662Group Counseling Approaches for Children and Adolescents-Small Group Counseling1
COU 663Diagnosis and Mental Health Issues in Children and Adolescents3
COU 667Social Justice and Diversity in School Counseling3
Choose one Track.9-12
Total Credits36-39

Elementary School Guidance Counselors Track

COU 664Issues in Elementary School Counseling3
COU 682Internship In Elementary School Counseling3
COU 683Advanced Internship in Elementary School Counseling3
Total Credits9

Secondary School Guidance Counselors Track

COU 665Issues in Secondary School Counseling3
COU 684Internship in Secondary School Counseling3
COU 685Advanced Internship in Secondary School Counseling3
Total Credits9

PK-12 School Counseling Track

COU 664Issues in Elementary School Counseling3
COU 665Issues in Secondary School Counseling3
COU 682Internship In Elementary School Counseling3
or COU 684 Internship in Secondary School Counseling
COU 683Advanced Internship in Elementary School Counseling3
or COU 685 Advanced Internship in Secondary School Counseling
Total Credits12

If one desires to be certified to function as a counselor in an elementary or a secondary school, entrance into the program requires 24 semester hours of social/behavioral sciences and a teaching certificate if the candidate resides in Nebraska.

The programs are competence based so that a candidate must demonstrate competency in a number of skills in each course in the counseling core before receiving a satisfactory grade.