MEd: Counseling /
Secondary School Counseling
Master of Education in Counseling, emphasis in Secondary School Counseling

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Building the Capacity of Youth to Succeed

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 Department of Counseling and Family Therapy 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 2016-2017 academic year, 24 students graduated from the school counseling program. About 95% of our students who start the program complete the program. Most graduates (about 98%) pass the licensure exam and about 95% 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 - May 1
Spring - October 1
DESE Secondary Counselor (Grades 7-12) Certification
Upon completion of the Missouri DESE requirements for certification under the Provisional Certification, UMSL will recommend the candidate for the Initial Professional Certificate. This program provides a route to certification in Secondary School Counseling [7-12]. The Provisional Certification allows you to work within the school system while earning your regular Initial Professional Certification in Secondary School Counseling. DESE required coursework is offered as graduate level courses with the minimum hours required, and an advisor assists you with each step.
Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
All Counseling degrees fulfill requirements for the State of Missouri for Licensure. After students graduate, they are eligible to apply to the Committee for Professional Counselors [in Missouri], complete supervision hours, and pass the NCE [National Counselor Exam] to obtain state licensure.
National Certified Counselor [NCC] Credential
Upon completion of hours requirements, students are eligible to apply for the NCC Credential. As a part of this application, students can apply to take the NCE [National Counselor Exam, also used for state licensure in Missouri] at a reduced rate, while still enrolled in coursework. After completion of supervision hours and conferral of degree, the NCC Credential is obtained.

Master of Education: Emphasis in Secondary School Counseling

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 6000Personal and Professional Development in Counseling3
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 6200Foundations of School Guidance3
CNS ED 6270School Counseling Practicum3
CNS ED 6280School Counseling Field Experience6
CNS ED 6400Career Information and Development3
Psychological Foundations and Human Development
ED PSY 6210Life-Span: Individual and Family Development3
ED PSY 6532Psychoeducational Differences3
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods
ED REM 6710Educational Research Methods and Design3
Six credit hours from CNS ED or related courses6
Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience) 1
Total Hours48

 Please consult with the Department office for requirements and dates of this examination.

Slide 1 Clayton Protest Street Team
UMSL counseling students providing sand tray interventions in support of protestors and community members at community healing tent.
Slide 2 New School Cohort Meeting
Drs. Hutchison and Wagner lead school counseling meeting with new students.
Slide 3 STL CCI Career Construction
UMSL Cultural Competence Institute members before building a library with students from Construction Careers Center Charter High School
Slide 4 Tina Cummings Office
UMSL School Counseling alumni elementary counseling office ready for the first day of school!
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Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D.

Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the UMSL faculty in 2001, she taught psychology at Drake University...
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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 Counselo...
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M. Lee Nelson, Ph.D.
Teaching Professor

Lee Nelson is coordinator of School Counseling in the Counselor Education program. She teaches both school counseling and counselor education and supervision courses at UMSL and is conducting research on social class identity.  She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University ...
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Emily Oliveira, Ed.S.