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Building the Capacity of Youth to Succeed

Thank you for your interest in the University of Missouri—St. Louis (UMSL) Counseling Program and the Master’s of Education in School Counseling. The counseling faculty members are committed to training multiculturally-competent school counselors to serve K-12 students in urban environments.

The School Counseling specialty area prepares graduate 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 University of Missouri—St. Louis Counseling Programs are accredited by the highest national counseling accrediting organization (the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; CACREP); this professional accreditation ensures that a degree from the program will be recognized nationally for employment and credentialing. Counseling degree program graduates have outstanding records of achieving counseling credentials, including a very high pass rate on the examinations required for Missouri school counselor certification and counselor licensure. Our graduates are highly respected by regional school districts and are sought out to fill open positions. Program faculty members take pride in providing a recognized and valuable education.

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

News

Slide 1 Mary Edwin wins NCDA Article of the Year
The National Career Development Association recognized Mary Edwin’s article on STEM career aspirations among high school students in Career Development Quarterly. The article is a continuation of her two primary research interests – career development in schools and STEM career development. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 Coveted ASCA ambassadorship expands on Sam Walk’s education as a school counselor
Sam Walk hopes to use his UMSL degree to work with middle- and high-schoolers, a vocation he is pursuing through the College of Education. (Photo by August Jennewein)

Admission

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 60103
CNS ED 60203
CNS ED 60303
CNS ED 60403
CNS ED 60503
CNS ED 6060undefined
CNS ED 62003
CNS ED 62703
CNS ED 62806
CNS ED 64003
CNS ED 66003
or CNS ED 6610
CNS ED 66303
CNS ED 67303
Psychological Foundations and Human Development
ED PSY 6226undefined
or ED PSY 6222
or ED PSY 6210
ED PSY 65323
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods
ED REM 67103
Electives
Nine credit hours from CNS ED or related courses such as:9
CNS ED 6220
CNS ED 6410
CNS ED 6620
CNS ED 6680
CNS ED 6700
CNS ED 6830
CNS ED 6840
CNS ED 6850
CNS ED 6870
Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience) 1
Total Hours54
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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 before obtaining her PhD in Counselor Education from University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nat...
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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...
Certifications:
DESE Elementary Counselor (Grades K-8) 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 Elementary School Counseling [K-8]. The Provisional Certification allows you to work within the school system while earning your regular Initial Professional Certification in Elementary School Counseling. DESE required coursework is offered as graduate level courses with the minimum hours required, and an advisor assists you with each step.
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