COE: MEd: Counseling | Secondary School Counseling
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The counseling faculty is committed to training multiculturally-competent school counselors and clinical mental health counselors to serve clients and students in urban environments. Also, counseling faculty members, as a group, are highly ranked nationally on objective measures of productivity, typically within the top 10 programs in the nation, and recently within the top 5 programs. Program faculty members take pride in providing a recognized and valuable education. All of our students in both areas are eligible for licensing as a professional counselor.

The School Counseling specialty area prepares students to work as school counselors. The program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students are trained to apply principles of learning, human development, counseling, research, and measurement within the schools. Preparation is designed to enable students to deliver counseling services to schools and their extended communities.

The School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Counseling Progray typically accepts a maximum of 50 students per academic year (Fall and Summer) into the School Counseling program. Our students outperform most students nationally on the NCE (National Counselor Examination) and the CPCE (Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination). Moreover, our graduates are highly respected by regional school districts and are sought out to fill open positions.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 20 students graduated from the school counseling program. About 90% of our students who start the program complete it. Most graduates (about 90%) pass the certification exam and about 90% are employed in the field.

Master of Education (MEd)

Program Coordinator:

Emily Brown

458 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-5792

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - March 1
Spring - October 1


In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants to the M.Ed. must complete the program supplemental application, have two completed references on file, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and upon admission will take CNS ED 6010, Theories of Counseling, in their first semester. Admissions will be conducted twice a year. The deadlines for application are March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Since it is the objective of the counseling faculty to identify students with low potential for competent practice as early as possible and to initiate the necessary procedures for dealing with such students, faculty of the counseling program reserve the right to review students at any stage of their coursework. A U (Unsatisfactory) in any clinical course or any grade less than a B- in these core counseling courses will automatically trigger a review process by the Counseling Review Board.

CNS ED 6010
Theories of Counseling
CNS ED 6020
Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
CNS ED 6060
Helping-Relationship Skills
CNS ED 6270
School Counseling Practicum
CNS ED 6280
School Counseling Field Experience
CNS ED 6370
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I
CNS ED 6380
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience

The Counseling Review Board process, however initiated, may result in the termination of the student’s degree program or other required or recommended remedies to address deficiencies judged by the Counseling Review Board as related to the skills that are essential to the development of competent and ethical practices as a professional counselor.

Students admitted to the M.Ed. degree programs in counseling as “restricted graduate students” (see the “graduate study” rules in this Bulletin) must attain a 3.0 GPA in the 12 hours of course work at UMSL. Restricted students must include the following courses in the first 12 hours of coursework: CNS ED 6010: Theories of Counseling and CNS ED 6020: Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling. A student on restricted status earning any grade less than a B- in either of these courses but still maintaining a 3.0 GPA, will be allowed to repeat the course one time and must earn a grade of B- or better to be fully admitted. 

The courses listed below meet the course work requirements for the M.Ed. degree, state certification, and licensing as a professional counselor:

Counselor Education
CNS ED 6010Theories of Counseling3
CNS ED 6020Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling3
CNS ED 6030Foundations for Multicultural Counseling3
CNS ED 6040Group Procedures in Counseling3
CNS ED 6050Individual Inventory3
CNS ED 6060Helping-Relationship Skills3
CNS ED 6200Foundations of School Counseling3
CNS ED 6270School Counseling Practicum3
CNS ED 6280School Counseling Field Experience6
CNS ED 6400Career Information and Development3
CNS ED 6600Theories and Techniques of Counseling Children and Adolescents3
or CNS ED 6610 Introduction to Play Therapy
CNS ED 6630Career Development in K-12 Schools3
CNS ED 6730Counseling for Loss, Crisis, and Trauma3
Psychological Foundations and Human Development
ED PSY 6222Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development3
or ED PSY 6210 Life-Span: Individual and Family Development
ED PSY 6532Psychoeducational Differences3
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods
ED REM 6710Educational Research Methods and Design3
Nine credit hours from CNS ED or related courses such as:9
ED PSY 6445
Character Education and Development
CNS ED 6410
Advanced Career Development
CNS ED 6500
Introduction to Systems Theory for Couples and Family Counseling
CNS ED 6510
Marriage Counseling and Enrichment
CNS ED 6700
Introduction to Addictive Behaviors and Addiction Counseling
CNS ED 6810
Integrating Religion and Spirituality in Counseling
CNS ED 6820
Counseling Women Toward Empowerment
CNS ED 6830
Counseling African American Clients
CNS ED 6840
Counseling Sexual and Gender Minorities
CNS ED 6850
Social Class and Poverty Issues in Counseling
Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience) 1
Total Hours60
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Emily Brown, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Emily Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. She received a BA from Wake Forest University, MA from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and she worked as an elementary school counselor for 6 years before obtaining her PhD in Counselor Education from University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Professional Co...
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Mary Edwin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary Edwin is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Edwin served as a career counselor and an elementary and middle school counselor. Her research focuses on K-12 career development, career decision-making skills of undergraduate students, and the inf...
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Phillip Waalkes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phillip Waalkes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. He received his bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Hope College and his Master's in School Counseling from Western Carolina University. After working for about 5 years as a school counselor in a rural K-12 school, he obtained his Ph.D. in Couns...
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